Dolphins are often portrayed by Hollywood as the gentle geniuses of the sea. (See: Flipper. Um, don’t see: The Day of the Dolphin.) So we’ve been more than curious to check out Ricky Gervais’ take on the magical marine mammal, which will be unveiled on Sunday’s episode of Family Guy. The comedian—who also stars in the HBO comedy Life’s Too Short, debuting the same night — is voicing Billy Finn, a pun-loving dolphin who seems to enjoy tormenting Peter, who accidentally fished him out of the water. To get a preview of Billy and go behind the scenes of Gervais’ recording session, click on the video below. As it turns out, Gervais is not only a huge fan of the animated Fox comedy, he has “always wanted to play an annoying dolphin.” Warning: Video contains a naked Peter and several related insults from Billy (“Do you hear the word morbidly a lot?”). READ FULL STORY »
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It’s tough to imagine a sensitive topic that Fox’s Family Guy has not mercilessly mocked. But creator Seth MacFarlane says he now has a few regrets.
Talking to journalist Krista Smith for her upcoming USA Network talk show, Out of Character with Krista Smith, MacFarlane reveals there’s some gags he wishes the envelope-pushing animated hit had not aired — including one in particular.
“There have been jokes that I would have rather we not have done,” MacFarlane said. “The JFK Pez Dispenser was something I would probably not do now.”
The joke was from the first season of Family Guy back in 1999 (clip below) and was deleted from some subsequent airings. READ FULL STORY »
Many people are obsessed with Peter Griffin, but did you know that list includes… Ryan Reynolds? In Sunday’s episode of Family Guy, the rather fit actor (who is developing his own animated series for Fox) shacks up in Quahog to shoot a movie and immediately finds himself starry-eyed over Peter. Eager for a little preview of Reynolds’ guest spot? Look no farther than below, where you can see Reynolds roll into town and start charming Peter. (Sorry, Lois.) READ FULL STORY »
The history of the entire world as told by Family Guy in 22 minutes?
Yes, please. That will do nicely. READ FULL STORY »
Fox has renewed Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy and its spinoff The Cleveland Show.
No big surprise in either case: Family Guy will be back for a 10th season and Cleveland is getting its fourth. Fox also announced that the Family Guy finale will be its one-hour Return of the Jedi spoof that was released on DVD last year, while the Cleveland closer has the family going to Comic-Con. Fox has already renewed American Dad and The Simpsons, so with this the full Sunday night lineup will return. “For nine seasons, our viewers have been cracked up, delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed by the mind of Seth MacFarlane — and they keep coming back for more,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “The Griffins and the Browns have become cornerstones of our Sunday nights, and we can’t wait to find out what new adventures Seth, Mike and Rich cook up for them next season.”
Fox is used to Seth MacFarlane’s animated hits causing controversy, but the network has decided that this Sunday’s hurricane-themed cross-over stunt will be seen in too poor of taste. READ FULL STORY »
Comedy Central has just announced that Family Guy creator/writer/actor/South Park punching bag Seth MacFarlane will serve as Roast Master at the network’s upcoming roast of Donald Trump. MacFarlane will be the first person ever to emcee consecutive Comedy Central Roasts — previously, he helmed the skewering of David Hasselhoff Comedy Central aired in August. CC’s roast of Donald Trump will tape at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom — the same venue where the network will hold its upcoming Comedy Awards — on Wednesday, March 9 and air sometime in late March. Let’s place bets now: How many times do you think MacFarlane will sing during the event?
Comedy Central roast to singe Donald Trump
In 2008, when it was announced that Family Guy character Cleveland Brown was getting his own show, much of the media coverage concentrated on the fact that one of TV’s rare black sitcom lead roles was going to be voiced by a white man, Mike Henry. More than two years on, the conversation about The Cleveland Show seems to have moved on from the color of Henry’s skin to the quality of the guest stars he has convinced to visit with his Stoolbend-dwelling animated character. That list of notables includes Kanye West, LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, Hall & Oates, Arianna Huffington, and, most bizarrely, famed auteur David Lynch, who has a recurring role as “Gus the Bartender” (although, the fictional nature of Lynch’s Gus didn’t prevent one patron of the Broken Stool bar telling him to “Shut up, Eraserhead!” in a recent episode).
One of the guests who seems to have left the biggest impression on the Cleveland crew is legendary comedy craftsman and Man with Two Brains director Carl Reiner. “He was a d—, and a little green frankly,” deadpans Henry, who in addition to voicing Cleveland Brown and his stepson Rallo is an executive producer on the show. “No, you talk about a sharp tack. I believe the guy is 88 now and he totally understood everything we were going for, practically reading it cold. He was so good that we actually invited him to sit in our writers’ room for a few days. Not only was he a legend in telling cool stories, but he was actually pitching jokes that were funny. He has a story credit on one of our scripts for next year.” READ FULL STORY »
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