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'Saturday Night Live' announces hosts, musical guests

In a move Family Guy fans will no doubt find freakin’ sweet, Saturday Night Live announced this morning that Seth MacFarlane will host the show’s 38th season premiere on Sept. 15. MacFarlane — who will be promoting the fall premieres of his Fox animated series Family Guy, American Dad (both Sept. 30), and The Cleveland Show (Oct. 7), as well as the upcoming DVD release of his hit talking teddy-bear movie Ted – will be joined by musical guest Frank Ocean.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return to host for the second time on Sept. 22, joined by Mumford & Sons, who will be making their SNL debut.

On Oct. 6, James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, will host, with Muse providing the music.

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'Family Guy': Drew Barrymore, Jessica Biel, Cheryl Tiegs among Brian's exes returning for Valentine's Day episode -- EXCLUSIVE

Warning: Family Guy’s Valentine’s Day episode will be rated ex.

A gaggle of Brian’s past girlfriends will return en masse in this romantic holiday-themed installment, which means you will hear the familiar voices of Drew Barrymore (as Jillian), Jessica Biel (Brooke), Nicole Sullivan (Tina), Cheryl Tiegs (Cheryl Tiegs), Jessica Stroup (Denise), Julie Hagerty (Carol), Kat Foster (Carolyn), and Nana Visitor (Rita). (Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will voice Ida). What, or, should we say, who brings them back into the picture? When our talking canine winds up dateless on Feb. 14, “Stewie gathers scores of Brian’s former girlfriends to get to the bottom of why he’s unsuccessful in love,” exec producer Mark Hentemann tells EW. “The women are not reluctant to point out Brian’s flaws, and have a great time doing so.” READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara to guest on 'Family Guy,' 'Cleveland Show' -- EXCLUSIVE

Sofia Vergara is about to be romantically linked to… Peter Griffin? The Modern Family star will cameo as his fantasy love interest in an upcoming episode of Family Guy, EW has learned. In a cutaway gag featuring Peter as a telenovela lothario, Vergara voices his sassy (and, yes, buxom) lover. And that’s not her only role in the episode; she plays a woman selling roses in a restaurant where Quagmire is “wooing” Peter so that Peter will do him a big favor. READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy': Ryan Reynolds to cameo as the original son of God -- EXCLUSIVE

Many people consider Ryan Reynolds to be God’s gift to man, but this season on Family Guy, he’ll be playing a literal version of that — with a twist. For a cameo role in the animated comedy’s Christmas episode, he will lend his voice to someone who might be described as a precursor to Jesus. Or as Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann explains: “He’s God’s previous attempt at an immaculate conception — his first son that didn’t quite work out.” READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy' scoop: Peter breaking bad next season


Family Guy‘s next road trip episode will take Brian and Stewie to….

Las Vegas! At the Fox hit’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the team revealed several storylines for the upcoming season. The latest “Road to…” episode will have the duo teleporting to Sin City. Except something goes wrong with the machine and Brian and Stewie get cloned. One pair has the best time possible time in Las Vegas, the other two have the worst possible time. The episode will air as the show’s season finale next May.

Other upcoming plots: The family buys a farm, where Peter becomes a meth dealer. Quagmire accidentally marries a hooker. The Griffins become a Nielsen family, steal a bunch of the measurement company’s monitoring boxes, and Peter thereby influences TV programming to become what he wants it be — destroying it in the process. Also: Stewie and Brian accidentally reverse the direction of time, so they end up having to relive famous Family Guy moments in reverse. Chris gets mad at parents and moves in with pedophile Herbert. Quipped creator Seth MacFarlane: “How far into our 30s do we all need to get before this stops being f–king cute?”

MacFarlane said there’s no more full-episode movie parodies currently planned like the team’s Star Wars spoofs. He also confirmed that his Fox Flintstones animated series project remains “on hold” for the time being. “We don’t know when its going to happen — next year, next 5 years. There’s no exact schedule.”

'Family Guy': Elizabeth Banks to guest on season premiere -- EXCLUSIVE

Elizabeth Banks is climbing her way to the top in the season premiere of Family Guy. EW has learned that the Hunger Games/30 Rock actress will voice the snooty wife of Lois’ ex-boyfriend Ross Fishman, who attempts to scale Mt. Everest with her perfect family. “The Fishmans look down their noses at the Griffins as these slobs,” explains Family Guy exec producer Mark Hentemann. “They’re super successful and they go on the most exotic vacations and they take on the greatest challenges… Peter picks up on his jealousy that he had in season 3 and says, ‘Well, if they’re going to do it, we’re gonna do it — and beat them.'” Place your bets, folks: Who will make it to the summit first — if anyone makes it all? READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp to reprise Edward Scissorhands role... on 'Family Guy'! -- EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Depp is going to be a real cut-up on Family Guy: The film star will return to his role from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con posters for Seth MacFarlane's shows revealed -- FIRST LOOK

Ted may be getting the bear’s share of attention right now for Seth MacFarlane, but his animated Fox shows will be back in the spotlight next week at Comic-Con. If you can’t make it all the way to San Diego to attend the panels for these shows, you can at least console yourself by scrolling down this page for an early peek at the posters for Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad. Take that, people who don’t have access to a computer! READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy': Kellan Lutz of 'Twilight' to play Meg's crush -- EXCLUSIVE

Kellan Lutz is jumping from Forks to Quahog: The Twilight star and future Tarzan will become romantically entangled with the Griffin family on an upcoming episode of Family Guy, EW has learned. According to Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann, Lutz voices a stud on the high-school football team who is the subject of Meg’s “Burt Bacharach-backed sexual fantasies.” The hunky jock does agree to go on a date with Meg, “but he’s interested in another member of the Griffin family — and it’s not one of the women,” hints Hentemann. READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy' to Emmy voters: 'Come on, you bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews'

Another year, another headline-grabbing Family Guy Emmy campaign. In 2009, the animated juggernaut tried swaying voters with a threatening overdub of one of its most violent viral moments. In 2010, it cast Peter Griffin as the title character in Precious and told TV Academy members that if they didn’t vote for the show, they were racist. And last year, Seth MacFarlane and co. tried a softer approach, appealing to voters’ sense of fairness and the guilt anyone feels when looking at a sad baby.

But this spring, Family Guy is up to its old, purposefully offensive tricks. Emmy voters received a mailer of the show decorated with the controversial image at left — which boldly invokes old stereotypes about Jewish folks running the entertainment industry from their mansions in western Los Angeles.


'Celebrity Apprentice' lowest-rated finale yet


NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice live final couldn’t withstand the ABC’s telecast of the Billboard Music Awards.

The three-hour music awards telecast delivered 7.4 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. That’s tying with Billboard’s lowest-rated telecast ever and down 10 percent this year. Still, it was enough to win the night for ABC.

The two-hour Celebrity Apprentice (6.8 million, 2.2) closer was the reality competition’s lowest-rated finale ever,  down a sharp 27 percent from last year (here’s Dalton Ross’ interview with the winner). Fox’s animation lineup also had its finales, including The Simpsons (4.8 million, 2.1) and a one-hour Family Guy (5.3 million, 2.5).

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EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy': Cate Blanchett + Stewie + exploding wallet = ? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There’s nothing ambiguous about Stewie’s feelings for the new girl in town: Her name is Penelope, she likes to live dangerously, and wouldn’t you know it, she’s basically Stewie in a wig, dress, and accent. What kind of trouble will these two little hellions cause when they combine wicked forces? Check out this scene from Sunday’s episode of Family Guy (Fox, 9 p.m. ET), in which Stewie and Penelope (voiced by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett) twirl their metaphorical evil mustaches after he plants an exploding wallet on Mort. But will the real fireworks happen between Stewie and Penelope? We shall find out on Sunday. READ FULL STORY


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