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Starz orders two seasons of Seth MacFarlane comedy 'Blunt Talk' starring Patrick Stewart

Starz has picked up a two season, 20-episode order of half-hour scripted comedy series Blunt Talk from Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and starring Patrick Stewart. The series follows British newsman Walter Blunt (Stewart) on a mission to conquer American cable news by sharing his opinion and guidance, even when they are not wanted. Add a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children, and an alcoholic manservant, and you’ve got a recipe for comedy gold.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart,” said Seth Macfarlane in a statement. “Jonathan’s creative talent is formidable, and his writing style is wholly original, hilarious, and provocative.  And of course, Patrick Stewart is one of the greatest actors alive today. His skill and versatility are unmatched, and he will excel as the star of his own show. Thank you Starz for allowing us to bring Walter Blunt to life!” READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane talks 'Cosmos': Show focuses on lesser-known theorists -- VIDEO

If you’re looking for a show about Einstein and other big names in science, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey isn’t for you. That’s because the new show, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, focuses on the lesser-known names who had a big impact.

Executive producer Seth MacFarlane spoke about this in a Sirius XM Town Hall, hosted by Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean.

In clips of the chat below, MacFarlane talks about new discoveries he made, including the story of Dominican monk Giordano Bruno. Bruno, who was featured in the show’s first episode, is thought to be one of the first to theorize that other stars and planets exist besides earth.

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Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'

On Sunday, March 9, Fox and National Geographic Channel will simulcast the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that follows in the epic footsteps of the Emmy Award-winning 1980 TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original Cosmos with her late husband Carl Sagan, serves as an executive producer, and as Seth MacFarlane revealed in his SiriusXM Town Hall with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, you can thank her for the trippy spaceship that becomes “home base” through this new journey across space and time.

“It was very important to her that it be something that was kind of timeless and very simple,” MacFarlane says in the excerpt below, noting that the original “Ship of the Imagination” was used only in the first episode of the original series and had an exterior shaped like a dandelion. “There was, I guess, some people smoking weed in 1980 also,” he jokes.

The new ship has a flat floor and flat ceiling: “The floor opens up to reveal the past, the ceiling opens up to reveal the future. The front wall is just a big open window,” he says. “It was important to us that [Neil] not just be a guy who’s lecturing us but that he actually take us to the places that he’s talking about.”

MacFarlane also spoke about the inspiration for his new film A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters this summer. His novel of the same name is on shelves now. Listen to that clip below as well. READ FULL STORY

Fox picks up animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane

Get ready for more Seth MacFarlane on Fox.

The network, which is already home to MacFarlane’s Family Guy and Dads, announced today it has picked up 13 episodes of a new animated comedy called Bordertown, which comes from MacFarlane and Family Guy producer Mark Hentemann. The show will center on two families living in a Southwest desert town on the  U.S.-Mexico border.

While no debut date is officially set, the show will likely land on Sundays as part of the Fox animation block that currently consists of The Simpsons, which was recently renewed, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad, which is moving to TBS in 2014.

The announcement comes one month after Fox pulled the plug on Murder Police, the midseason animated project starring Jane Lynch, before it aired a single episode.

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' TV promo: Science! -- VIDEO

“Fox presents a story…13.8 billion years in the making.”

The latest TV promo for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to the 1980 Carl Sagan PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, promises plenty of science, wonder, and Neil deGrasse-Tyson. The noted astrophysicist hosts the series, set for spring 2014 on Fox, and Seth MacFarlane (yes, the Ted and Family Guy creator) is an executive producer, alongside Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan.

Below, watch the promo, which premiered Saturday during Game 3 of the World Series:
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Fox's 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' trailer: Get ready to feel really small -- VIDEO

Kate Middleton’s baby: Not the center of the actual universe.

Fox has debuted the trailer for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. If you’re ready to feel small and insignificant, the new trailer has moments for you: Among sweeping shots of valleys and mountains are pictures of the solar system and the infinite blackness of areas of the universe. Part animation and part awe-inspiring real shots, the documentary series, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, will premiere spring 2014 and hopefully get people excited about science. Which is a very cool thing indeed.

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'Futurama': Seth MacFarlane to play.... -- EXCLUSIVE

Before Futurama heads off into the wild green yonder of the afterlife, it will work Seth MacFarlane like a dog. READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy' takes on 'Girls' in Emmy ad

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The envelope-pushing, please: In what has become an annual tradition, Family Guy has gone to great/outrageous lengths to grab the attention of Emmy voters. Last year, the animated show’s for-your-consideration ad took a shot at the Academy’s “bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews,” and a few years before that, it tried the heartstring-pulling “Vote for us or you’re racist” approach with a Precious parody.

This year, the Academy itself is not in Family Guy‘s comedy crosshairs, but Girls is. Peter & Co. spoof the HBO comedy’s iconic four-women-crowded-onto-a-sofa poster and top it off with a family-unfriendly tagline, which is a naughty nod to Adam Driver’s controversial sex scene.
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'The Simpsons' finale: Seth MacFarlane sings Sinatra, hits on Marge -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Who’s trying to come between Homer and Marge in the season finale of The Simpsons? Sounds like Seth MacFarlane. The Family Guy creator/masterthroat will voice the role of Ben, a charmer who makes a play for Marge after she obliviously winds up on a Ashley Madison-type website. Will Marge be able to get the Sinatra-crooning Ben out of her mind? Check out the following clip. READ FULL STORY

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.


BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
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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'The Simpsons': Seth MacFarlane episode will now air as season finale on May 19 -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The season 24 finale of The Simpsons will feature a voice that might be a little familiar to viewers of Fox’s other animated shows: Seth MacFarlane.

Yes, the guy behind Family Guy (as well as American Dad and The Cleveland Show) will try to make a romantic connection with Marge on the May 19 episode titled “Dangers on a Train.” In the 8:30 p.m. episode — which was originally slated to air as the season 25 premiere — Homer’s wife winds up accidentally on a website for married people to arrange affairs and crosses paths with a smooth operator named Ben (MacFarlane). You can see Ben in full-charm mode with Marge below, which apparently doesn’t sit well with Homer. READ FULL STORY

Oscar producers on 'Boobs Song': You missed the joke

The producers who oversaw Seth MacFarlane’s highly-rated — but also heavily criticized — stint as this year’s Oscar host said lots of people “missed the joke” when the comedian broke out into the “Boobs Song” at the top of the telecast on ABC.

The tune, which made fun of actresses like Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Winslet for exposing their breasts in movies, was one of the most lambasted parts of the telecast and prompted criticism from the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Geena Davis. “It was not about the women that were mentioned; the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host,” Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane to guest on 'The Simpsons' as... -- EXCLUSIVE

You may now exclaim, “Holy crap! Woo hoo!”: Seth MacFarlane has recorded a guest spot on The Simpsons.

The Family Guy creator and voice actor (not to mention one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year and the host of the upcoming Oscars) will try to romance Marge in an episode that’s slated to air next fall as the season 25 premiere, EW has learned. The two popular animated shows, of course, share a network, a night, an overweight patriarch that falls well shy of role model, and a rivalry as they’ve playfully jabbed each other on screen over the years. “We wanted to come together in a bipartisan way to make Fox Sunday night rock,” sums up Simpsons executive producer Al Jean of the MacFarlane casting. “This was all very fun.” READ FULL STORY

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