Posts Tagged ‘Family Guy’

I’m trying to watch Better Off Ted again. I just don’t think it’s for me. It’s a little too cute for my taste. I can almost see it animated. 5 second review over, on to the updates.

  • Barbara Walters is 79-years-old. It’s about time she retires. (Sidenote: Regis Philbin is also 75+. Both of them look a decade younger than John McCain.
  • Mad Men update! Season 3 starts shooting in May and premieres in July. Everyone’s favorite closeted Italian Sal, played masterfully by Bryan Batt, said his character will probably never come out. “There’s going to be more torture in his story, “ he said. I can’t wait.
  • Things are worse than I thought: Two and a Half Men just got renewed through 2012. Sweet jesus. Won’t they be at 3 men by then?
  • I didn’t anything was off limits for Family Guy but apparently this was.
  • And my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Lunch Bag Art. One awesome papa draws gorgeous pictures on his children’s lunch bags. I’m sure a book deal is fast approaching.

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Do you realize how much good TV comes on Wednesdays? Wednesday is my new Thursday. Booya.

  • A bunch of analog stations switched over to digital yesterday ahead of the new deadline. So far the FCC is reporting very few issues. Sidenote: A kid I work with just submitted his application for a converter box. I asked him “What took you so long?” He said, “I didn’t know anything about it.” If you don’t watch enough TV to hear about the digital transition, I think it’s okay if we transition without you.
  • Amy Poehler’s new show, Parks & Recreation,  started filming today! Color me geeked! Kristin Dos Santos has an interview with the star herself.
  • Angela Kinsey (Angela from The Office) and her husband Warren Lieberstein have separated. If the name Lieberstein sounds familiar, it’s because Warren is Paul Lieberstein’s (aka Toby Flenderson) brother.
  • I think a recession era economy, novelty shoes should be the first things to go. Check out these Family Guy and Fresh Prince insprired sneakers.
  • Speaking of late night music, U2 is going to perform on Lettermanfor a straight week. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t sound appealing to me.
  • Speaking of LOST, it better watch it’s back. It’s losing viewers every week and it will have to compete with American Idol starting in March.
  • After 19 seasons The Simpsons got brand new opening titles. It’s the same general theme but we get to see a lot more of our town favorites. There’s also a few homages to past episodes in there.
  • Guess which washed up early 90’s rapper is getting a TV show? MC Hammer. I know, I was hoping for Snow too.
  • Tracy Morgan’s apartment caught fire due to a busted light in a fish tank. Surprisingly the fish were okay, as were the rest of the folks in his building.

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A lot of folks, myself included, watch TV as a form of escape from the ho-hum factor of their everyday lives. TV-living involves more explosions, more love scenes, better apartments and higher salaries. Why not seek solace in the unrealistic?

Today I thought about some of my favorite unrealistic TV couples. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s no love lost between me and these characters, I am simply commenting on the at-times ridiculous nature of their relationships. Others made the list because frankly, I don’t really see them working well together in non-diagetic life.


  • Marshall & Lily, How I Met Your Mother: These two are too so twee it’s painful. Their adorable, overly affectionate, have awesome nicknames for each other (Marshmallow & Lilypad, sigh) and even perform outrageous gestures for each other. (Anyone see this week’s episode? A marching band at the airport? Really?) Their break-up in season 2 was borderline difficult to watch but it made the make-up that much sweeter. Totally unrealistic, but still enviable.


  • Jim & Pam, The Office: This one is a given. Jim pined for Pam for years and I lapped up every second of it. From remembering her favorite yogurt (Mixed Berry) and making her grilled cheese sandwiches, to proposing in the rain and buying his lady love his parents’ house. What pushed this couple over the sugar coated edge? The all day hidden Bluetooth convo.


  • Lois & Peter, Family Guy: Big guy, tiny wife is an age old TV combination (See: The King of Queens, Still Standing, According To Jim) Big, annoying, kind of abusive, inconsiderate guy, tiny wife is a newer one. Yes, I know, Family Guy is animated and also extremely far fetched (once the dog talked all bets were off) but they’re still a pretty ridic couple don’t you think? It makes for pretty funny TV though.

I have a few more for your consideration (Lorelai & Chris, Gilmore Girls, Niles & Maris, Frasier) but won’t bore you with the deets. Any two-somes you’d like to add to the list? For Valentine’s Day we should put together a realistic couple list, put in your votes now.

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That’s a blog post title I never thought I’d write.

Next Monday and Tuesday the voice actors from America’s crudest family will hit the hallowed stage of Carnegie Hall to perform live readings of two episodes with musical selections performed by a 40-piece orchestra.

The event isn’t just for your work-a-day fan though. Tickets for the performances are selling for $39 to $119 bucks. I suppose it’s a small price to pay to see your favorite cartoon characters “live.”

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Guess which politico just got cast in Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show? Oh and the best part: she’s playing the matriarch of a family of bears that lives next door to Cleveland.

Give up?

It’s Arianna Huffington.

I’d like to think she has better things to do, but then again it’s probably a lot of coin for not a lot of work. You go girl.

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Sorry for the lack of posts folks. The internet is down so I’m writing from the Student Union. I feel very collegiate.

Let’s do a news round-up to get back in the swing of things shall we?

  • Everyone is still reeling over the loss of Tim Russert. His empty chair during yesterday’s Meet The Press spoke volumes. His son Luke spoke to Matt Lauer on The Today Show this morning. Luke’s passion will be a fitting living tribute of his father’s best work.
  • Got an idea for a reality show? This is your chance to get it on the air…seriously!
  • Gawker put together a collection of the best Family Guy news clips. These are the last vestiges of what used to be a very funny TV show.
  • Angelina Jolie’s papa, Jon Voight, was just cast as the villain on the next season of 24. Here’s hoping he just reprises his role as Coach Kilmer from Varsity Blues.
  • The Office spin-off is moving forward…for better or worse…and the first cast member was announced last week. Aziz Ansari is a great comedian best known for his work on MTV’s Human Giant. You can check out Ansari’s personal site here.
  • And in case you missed this last week (sorry if edubTV is your only source of TV news), Tila Tequila thinks her ridiculous show garnered awareness for the LGBT community in California, thus pushing the civil-union decision forward. There are no words for just how ridiculous that is.

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I watched the trailer for the new Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show this afternoon. You can take a peak as well right here.

I can’t really tell which characters are real and which were just Family Guy inspired jokes. Will Cleveland really live next door to a family of bears? Am I an idiot for asking? Am I supposed to understand how the Seth McFarland universe works or just accept it?

But you know what saved the whole thing? The little ditty Cleveland sang at the end. I don’t know if it’s the theme song, but if anything from this ridiculous trailer gets kept, that’s it.

I’m cautiously optimistic. I will root for this show because:

1. That damn song is so catchy.
2. I always liked Cleveland.
3. I support shows with strong minority leads. If I have to take them animated form, then so be it.

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Seth Macfarlane, the twisted brain behind Family Guy, American Dad and the new Family Guy Spinoff (The Cleveland Show), just signed a massive deal with 20th Century Fox. When I say massive, I’m not exaggerating. Seriously ridiculous. 

Macfarlane is set to make $100 Million between now and 2012  for writing and producing his current animated docket and an upcoming live-action show. 
Learn from this people: You too can make an excess of $25 Million a year for coming up with crass humor and weak plots…and this from a fan. 
Seth Macfarlane is now the highest paid writer-producer in television, and a lot of people would argue that he’s not even very funny. 
Funny or not, the man is successful. If nothing else he is a master of raunchy jokes, timing, negotiation and luck. 

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