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Sources: Fox unlikely to reshoot 'Dads' following accusations of racism

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) has asked producers of Fox’s new show Dads to reshoot “racist” scenes in the pilot for the network’s live-action comedy series from Seth MacFarlane.

A rep for Fox said on Friday that the network received a letter from MANAA on Monday and was in the process of drafting a response. Sources tell EW it’s very unlikely the pilot will be re-shot.


Brenda Song defends 'Dads' schoolgirl outfit


The new fall comedy that TV critics privately slam the most?

That’s easy — Fox’s Dads, which has been knocked for making jokes about women and minorities.

So what happens when the show’s cast and writers are put in front a Beverly Hills ballroom stuffed with critics?

Surprisingly, a pretty civil conversation, with Dads team somewhat awkwardly being put in the position of backpedaling from their own pilot and urging critics to give the comedy time to find its voice.

“We don’t want the show to be the racial insult comedy show,” says veteran executive producer Mike Scully, who compared the show’s offensiveness to the early days of The Simpsons, when some viewers were outraged by Homer strangling Bart. “It’s a comedy about fathers and sons … anytime you’re doing a show, for the first six episodes, you’re still improving.”

“We’re still trying to define and discover who these people are,” adds star Giovanni Ribisi.

“Just to be fair, these are some pretty disparaging portrayals of white men,” notes star Seth Green, who referenced sitcom classics All in The Family and The Jeffersons.

Earlier in the day, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly urged critics to be patient with the show, while saying it scored highly among a cross-section of viewers during focus testing. For comparison, he read blurbs from a slew of bad reviews for the first episode of CBS mega-hit The Big Bang Theory.

The most talked-about scene in the Dads pilot (see trailer below) is when Green orders an office underling played by Brenda Song (The Suite Life of Zach and Cody) to don a sexy schoolgirl outfit and giggle like an anime caricature to impress an Asian businessman. READ FULL STORY

New fall TV art: 'Bones,' 'Almost Human,' 'Sleepy Hollow,' 5 more -- EXCLUSIVE

Below EW exclusively presents brand new art of eight Fox fall shows, including returning series Bones, Raising Hope and The X Factor (with newcomers Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland). Plus, there’s new cast photos of new drama Almost Human starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, Sleepy Hollow headlined by Tom Mission and Nicole Beharie, new comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Dads starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi and Enlisted with Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell. Get the premiere dates for each show, or watch the trailers.


Fox's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgment

How do you fight a flagging American Idol franchise and ratings that dipped 20% last season? Hopefully, by luring your viewers back with some big names. That’s the latest strategy for Fox, which came out of the upfronts on Tuesday with a lineup that included Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Seth MacFarlane, J.J. Abrams, and Kiefer Sutherland, the latter of whom will return for the miniseries 24: Live Another Day. (Midseason picks include the Chris Meloni comedy Surviving Jack, the Terry O’Quinn drama Gang Related, and M. Night Shyamalan’s miniseries Wayward Pines, which will star Matt Dillon, but trailers for those shows are not yet available yet for review.) Still, fame doesn’t always equal quality. For every promising buddy-cop comedy, there’s a not-so-promising sitcom from a certain Oscar host who prides himself on being “edgy.” Sorry, Seth MacFarlane, but the only boobs I saw today were the two guys in your new show.

Imagine The Office, except set in a police precinct. Now imagine Andy Samberg as its resident dimwit, a detective who wiles away the hours playing fire extinguisher roller-chair derby and doing very bad, meep-morp-I-am-a-robot impressions of his humorless boss (Andre Braugher). If you’re not laughing yet — and I was, right from the moment that Samberg rocks out to a terrible preset keyboard demo at the beginning of the trailer  — consider that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was created by Dan Goor and Michael Shur, who mastered the art of the workplace comedy with Parks and Recreation. Judging by the teaser, which also features a cameo from Fred Armisen as a wide-eyed creeper, Brooklyn Nine-Nine could actually be funny. Still not convinced? If you don’t at least smile at Samberg’s very special cop “uniform” (shirt and tie on top, multi-colored Speedo on the bottom), then you either have no heart or no pants.



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