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Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Even Family Guy's showrunner was caught off-guard by Stewie's accent revelation
Stewie speclialist Gary Janetti, who wrote last night's episode, pitched the idea about addressing Stewie's accent, and Seth MacFarlane was game. “I didn’t know if Seth would go for it,” says Janetti. “(But) when he read it, it was hilarious, because he instantly read that voice that he does in the episode, which is this normal kid voice, and it’s very disarming. It felt very true. I didn’t want to do anything unless it felt true to the character because I’m very protective over him." Showrunner Rich Appel adds that he was caught off-guard by the revelation because “in my head I hadn’t even assumed it was an affectation. I just figured this is who Stewie is.” ALSO: Stewie's sexuality revelation, explained.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Why Family Guy devoted an entire episode to Stewie in therapy, without commercial interruption
Stewie and Sir Ian McKellen's school psychologist character will find themselves going "toe to toe" in the same room for the entirety of Sunday's "Send in Stewie, Please" episode -- with Seth MacFarlane delivering "a very ironically three-dimensional performance" that not every character could withstand. "Of all the characters on any animated show, Stewie seems like he potentially could both benefit from and be scared of therapy more than any other," says executive producer Rich Appel. Stewie specialist Gary Janetti was given the task of writing the risk-taking episode. "Stewie has done a lot of horrible things in the course of the series, and has he ever thought about that? What are the ramifications of the things that he’s done? The accountability, as it were,” Janetti says of writing Stewie's episode. Despite its revelations, Stewie's therapy session is designed to be a standalone episode. “If you miss this episode, that’s fine, it won’t affect your watching of the show,” says Janetti. “We get to learn more about him in this episode. It deepens our understanding of him going further, but I don’t foresee it’s something that will be acknowledged again — nor do I think it should.”
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Stewie addresses his sexual orientation in one of the best-ever Family Guy episodes
"Does he come out? Well, sort of," says Kevin Fallon. "The result of the episode, ambiguous as it may be, is nonetheless fascinating. It’s not only one of the best episodes of Family Guy in a very long time, but also one of the most nuanced and edgy coming out episodes of a TV show we’ve seen. Again, all centering around a 1-year-old."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Nat Geo and Fox renew Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Seth MacFarlane will return as executive producer of the reboot of the acclaimed Carl Sagan series. Season 2 will be called Cosmos: Possible World and is expected to premiere in early 2019. It will be a follow up to the 2014 revival, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which was the most-watched series ever on National Geographic internationally, viewed by more than 135 million people worldwide.
# TOPICS: National Geographic, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, National Geographic Explorer, One Strange Rock, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Phil Keoghan, Seth MacFarlane, Will Smith, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Family Guy staffers reflect on 300 episodes
Two producers say Sunday's Episode 300 is their very favorite episode of the series, in part because it includes a gag about ranking the Fast & Furious films.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Seth MacFarlane admits he didn’t initially get Family Guy’s Harvey Weinstein joke
Turns out MacFarlane didn’t know about Weinstein’s sexual harassment problem when his writers pitched him on the throwaway joke on the 2005 episode that went viral amid the mogul’s sexual harassment scandal. “I don’t remember who pitched the joke,” MacFarlane said at the TV press tour. “I remember when it was pitched… that was a rumor I had actually not heard and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me: ‘Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going on.'”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
The Orville Season 2 could be delayed, but it’ll have a few more episodes
"I think it's going to be at least 14,” Seth MacFarlane says of the Season 2 episode order, which is up from Season 1’s 12 episodes. But that 14-episode season will include one episode bumped from Season 1. MacFarlane adds that because of the technical effects, Season 2 might not be ready to premiere this fall.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Family Guy went after Bryan Singer two years ago
The X-Men franchise director, who is being sued for alleged sexual assault of an underage boy, was deemed by Brian Griffin as a “perverted Hollywood predator” in a Season 14 episode of the Fox animated series.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
Family Guy hits Kevin Spacey again
Last night’s episode took a jab at Spacey for coming out as a gay man in his initial apology for his alleged sexual misconduct. As previously reported, Family Guy first alluded to the actor's alleged misdeeds in a 2005 episode, and creator Seth MacFarlane has made similar references to accused bad actors Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner.
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 2:00PM EST
Samantha Bee got Charlie Rose to play creepy “Charlie Rose Clones” last year on Full Frontal
Female Charlie Rose show employees referred to Rose as “the crusty paw” in The Washington Post’s bombshell story, and Rose’s “crusty paw” played a role in a Full Frontal with Samantha Bee sketch that Rose participated in last year. In it, Bee reveals that Rose’s dark background contains a bunch of creepy, leering Charlie Roses — all played by Charlie Rose himself. Newsbusters also highlighted Bee’s appearance last year on Charlie Rose, where the “Charlie Rose Clones” bit was taped. As Newsbusters notes, Rose pointed out her show's title, Full Frontal, and said, “I love the idea.”
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- Gayle King to Stephen Colbert: “It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful”
- Rose’s unfinished 60 Minutes pieces will be picked up by other correspondents
- CBS This Morning reported that CBS didn’t know the specifics of Rose’s behavior until Monday
- Colbert calls his ex-CBS colleague’s behavior “a harrowing and terrible abuse of power”
- Seth Meyers slams Rose: “Here’s a good rule of thumb: if your face isn’t pulling in the babes, your penis isn’t going to make the difference”
- Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy took a shot at Charlie Rose back in 2012: "Thanks to me, he's fallen even further than Charlie Rose"
- Oprah Winfrey's rep denies she's been asked to fill in on CBS This Morning, disputing Page Six report
- Washington Post reporter first learned about Rose’s behavior in 2010
# TOPICS: CBS, PBS, CBS This Morning, Family Guy, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Charlie Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Samantha Bee, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, CBS News, Daytime TV, Sexual Misconduct
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 5:18PM EST
NBC announces a Gwen Stefani Christmas special
Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas airs on Dec. 12, featuring cameos by fellow Voice star Blake Shelton, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane, Chelsea Handler and Ne-Yo.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 4:12PM EST
Family Guy made a joke about director Brett Ratner being a creep in 2012.
Seth MacFarlane once again proves prescient about another accused sexual harasser.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 2:11PM EDT
The Orville becomes the first freshman series to be renewed for Season 2
Seth MacFarlane's Fox outer space series has maintained good ratings since its premiere in September. ALSO: The Orville will only have 13 episodes in Season 1, instead of the usual 22.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5:14PM EDT
Seth MacFarlane on his 2013 Harvey Weinstein Oscar joke: “This came from a place of loathing and anger”
This afternoon, MacFarlane explained on Twitter that there was a specific reason why he made the 2013 crack in announcing the five supporting actress nominees that they “no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein." MacFarlane says his friend and colleague Jessica Barth, who worked with him on the Ted films, had a bad encounter with Weinstein. “It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction,” McFarlane tweeted.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Entourage, 30 Rock and Seth MacFarlane all alluded to Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior
In several instances the fallen Hollywood mogul's terrible reputation made it to the small screen. Weinstein wasn’t happy with Entourage’s “Harvey Weingard” character, a verbally abusive power player who appeared in Season 2. Kevin Connolly told The Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein gave him an earful about the character, saying, “Tell them if they ever mention my name again, they’re dead.” On 30 Rock, Jenna Maroney said in a 2012 episode, “Oh, please, I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions. Out of five.” And in 2013, Seth MacFarlane cracked a Weinstein joke while announcing the Oscar nominees with Emma Stone. “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” he said of the five nominees for best supporting actress.
- Entourage “remains the best chronicle of Hollywood sexism”
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- New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recounts her problematic encounter with a powerful man in Hollywood
- Anthony Bourdain slams Weinstein after girlfriend Asia Argento alleged that the mogul raped her