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Though we don’t often break down the shows on a weekly basis, we thought it’d be good to pay our respects, since Animation Domination will be no more by next fall. (For the most part, anyway.)
Fox announced their 2014-2015 schedule this morning, and in addition to adding some of their anticipated new series -- Gotham included -- the network has made a few notable changes to their primetime line-up, including moving one of their popular live-action comedies to Sunday night and putting a new hour-long series on Tuesday, ahead of their New Girl/Mindy Project comedy block.
Those who would prefer to be kept unspoiled as to the fate of the dearly departed Griffin family dog, Brian, should read no further! Vague and unconfirmed spoilers ahead!
Since the demise of a certain Family Guy character this weekend — and that’s as vague as we can be at this point, so if you’re trying to not be spoiled somehow, stop reading! — fans have speculated over whether Brian would return at some point. Yesterday was the day to grieve.
Major spoiler from last night’s Family Guy (“Life of Brian”) ahead! We should’ve been prepared for this. The dog always dies eventually in these types of stories, right? And yet, I don’t think anything could have prepared us for Brian’s brutal death, which was so ordinary, it’s almost disturbing. One minute he’s preparing for a fun game of street hockey with Stewie and the next, he’s being run over by a car and serving as the set-up for the second part of the episode.
If you’re a Sunday night drama on ABC or CBS, you’re probably having the best day ever. Because the numbers are in and dramas are all on the upswing, gobbling viewers away (even when the footballers are at play). Sorry, comedy — looks like Sunday just ain’t your day. The last night of the weekend has become a hotbed for dramatic activities and with the revelations from this weekend’s ratings it’s safe to assume that comedy should just look to broadcast itself elsewhere.
Family Guy fans should be well aware of Peter Griffin's intense rivalry with Ernie the Chicken. In fact, the animated Quahogian has thrown down with Ernie on numerous occasions. What would a live-action reenactment of one of their epic battles look like? Two fantastic stuntwomen show us in the above video, which turns Peter Griffin and Ernie's "Epic Chicken Fight" into an Epic Chick Fight.
Continuing with the Fox animated comedy block, Family Guy is also back at Comic-Con for a sneak peek at Season 12 as well as what is sure to be a funny (and probably obscene) panel that features cast members Seth Green and Alex Borstein as well as executive producer Rich Appel. Oh, and apparently there will be a few surprise guests. The Simpsons?
Emmy nomination ballots went out this week, which means in the coming weeks, those voting members of the Television Academy will decide which series should be in contention for an Emmy Award this fall. TV shows tend to promote themselves with the "for your consideration" ads and mailers to encourage voters to give their show a look. Last year, Family Guy made a splash with a controversial mailer that said...
Comic Con is a little over a month away, which means we're at the point where we should start hearing confirmation on what TV shows will be showcased at the convention. The list for 20th Century Fox TV's series has arrived online and indicates that a number of new series will be featured with panels, as well as How I Met Your Mother, which will make its Comic Con debut in San Diego to promote its final season.
Conan O'Brien seems all about the cameos lately. The Conan host recently appeared on the new season of Arrested Development, and come next season, we'll see him in animated form when he makes an appearance on Family Guy. From what's being reported, it sounds like he'll be playing himself once again, as two characters from Seth MacFarlane's Fox animated comedy series get famous enough to visit the TBS talk show.
Fox announced their 2013-2014 lineup this morning, along with the planned schedule, which sets up new comedies on Tuesday nights and adds a number of other new series to the schedule, along with the returning shows. Among the new series is J.J. Abrams' sci-fi cop series Almost Human, Seth MacFarlane's new live-action comedy Dads and new animated comedy Murder Police.
Michelle Dockery is hopping across the pond for a brief stint on Fox’s most successful Sunday night program. If you are familiar with Fox’s Sunday night lineup, you’ll know the Downton Abbey actress will be playing an animated character, this time on Fox’s Family Guy.
In what may have been an attempt to be funny or clever, or perhaps just another internet hoax, a YouTube user spliced together pieces of an episode of Family Guy to make it look like the New England-set animated comedy series predicted the Boston Marathon bombing. Series creator Seth MacFarlane addressed the video, calling it abhorrent and sending his thoughts to the victims of the recent bombing, which he calls a "crime and a tragedy."
Fox's planned holiday-themed block of animated comedy last Sunday was partially postponed. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the network decided not to air the previously scheduled episodes of American Dad and Family Guy due to sensitive content. Fox has since rescheduled Family Guy's Christmas episode, and has a new episode of American Dad to air, but it's not the holiday episode.