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MADtv's 20th Anniversary Reunion: What to Expect From the CW Special

11 January 2016 9:51 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It’s been more than two decades since the human Muppets of MADtv first graced our screens, and you’ll be happy to know they haven’t grown changed one bit.

PhotosGolden Globes 2016: Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments

The late sketch comedy’s best and brightest reassemble Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c) to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but their initial joy quickly transitions into awkward tension when it’s announced that one of their characters will be win a special “fan-favorite” award at the end of the night.

Truncated by scripted vignettes of the co-stars catching up, the special »

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Interview: Alex Borstein, ‘Family Guy’ Voice of Lois Griffin, on Her New Role in ‘Bordertown’

9 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Voiceover artist Alex Borstein is familiar to TV audiences as the legendary Lois Griffin of “Family Guy,” but she also is a stellar character actress, recently in a role on the HBO series “Getting On.” She is back in the animation saddle with a couple of voiceover parts in the new Fox Network show ‘Bordertown.’

Bordertown” is created by Mark Hentemann and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy.” It involves the Buckwald and Gonzalez families in a Southwest desert town on the Mexico-u.S. border, and Alex Borstein voices both the Buckwald mother Janice and her hapless daughter Becky. The show is sharp and funny, with the satire that is familiar to Seth MacFarlane animation fans. “Bordertown” premiered on the Fox Network on January 3rd, 2016, and is now on Sunday nights.

Alex Borstein (left), Voice of Becky and Janice Buckwald in ‘Bordertown,’ and Lois Griffin »

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Bordertown: Season One Ratings

4 January 2016 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The United States-Mexico border and illegal immigration are very hot topics these days and they're the subject of Fox's newest animated comedy, Bordertown. Will the subject attract viewers or repel them? Will Bordertown be a hit in the ratings or a flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

A satirical adult comedy, Bordertown is set in a fictional border town between the Us and Mexico -- Mexifornia. It features the culture, politics, and lives of the neighboring Buckwald and Gonzalez families. The voice cast includes Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Missi Pyle.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, »


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3 January 2016 11:07 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Fox

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: January 3, 2016 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Missi Pyle.

This satirical, animated adult comedy is set in fictional Mexifornia, a desert border town between the Us and Mexico. It features the culture, politics, and life of the neighboring Buckwald and Gonzalez families.

Border Patrol agent Bud Buckwald (Hank Azaria) feels the changing demographics in his town will leave him an outsider. Bud's wife, Janice (Alex Borstein), is somehow clueless, yet sage. Together, they have three children.Read More… »


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Bordertown Season 1 Review

1 January 2016 10:26 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

When Bordertown was first ordered over two years ago, with Family Guy veterans Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane holding the reins, the idea of a cartoon dedicated to satirizing immigration issues along the U.S.-Mexico border seemed far from promising. After all, Family Guy has garnered a fair share of (deserved) criticism for its offensive stereotyping of minorities, and there was no reason to expect that the duo’s next small-screen effort would veer away from comparable racism and xenophobia.

So, it’s a relief to report that Bordertown, despite sometimes stooping to pick low-hanging fruit, is actually surprisingly smart and funny, an equal-opportunity offender that energetically rips into every side of the immigration debate while demonstrating enough of an absurdist streak to balance out its snark.

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