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David Hasselhoff is to make an appearance in 'Ted 2'. The former 'Baywatch' star has already shot scenes for the eagerly-awaited sequel to the 2012 comedy movie, which is being written and directed by 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane. Speaking about his role in the movie, Hasselhoff told Digital Spy: ''It's a pretty funny bit that we're doing in the movie, and [Seth] is a lovely guy. ''I can't really talk about the gag, but it's very irreverent and very funny. He tore me up on the Comedy Central roast, and I get a chance to get back at him!'' The 62-year-old actor also spoke about his personal relationship with MacFarlane, saying: ''He's a good guy, we don't meet too many people in showbiz where they say, 'Hey buddy, I'll call you back, I've got something for you', and then you actually hear from them again. This guy's a stand-up guy. »
Hasselhoff - who played Mitch Buchannon in the original series from 1989 to 2000 - revealed to Digital Spy that the update has yet to be written.
"The biggest update that I got from the horse's mouth is that the script hasn't been written yet," he said. "Who knows? I wouldn't been surprised if I opened up the papers tomorrow morning and it says Baywatch: The Movie."
The actor explained that he would have preferred to have continued the franchise himself, adding that he hopes it doesn't turn into a "spoof".
"They'll probably make it into a spoof, the same thing [happened] with Knight Rider," he continued.
"It's kind of sad, because I would like to have seen the franchises go on, »
Seth MacFarlane is currently busy directing his third feature effort, the comedy sequel Ted 2, and he’s taken to Twitter today to reveal that David Hasselhoff will appear in the film, with the Hoff subsequently offering up a few words about his mystery role.
“It’s a pretty funny bit that we’re doing in the movie, and [Seth] is a lovely guy,” Hasselhoff tells Digital Spy. “I can’t really talk about the gag, but it’s very irreverent and very funny. He tore me up on the Comedy Central roast, and I get a chance to get back at him! He’s a good guy, we don’t meet too many people in showbiz where they say, ‘Hey buddy, I’ll call you back, I’ve got something for you’, and then you actually hear from them again. This guy’s a stand-up guy.”
Ted 2 will see »
- Gary Collinson
Hasselhoff in #Ted2 today Hoffin' it up
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 22, 2014
Speaking to Digital Spy about his mystery role, he said: "It's a pretty funny bit that we're doing in the movie, and [Seth] is a lovely guy.
"I can't really talk about the gag, but it's very irreverent and very funny. He tore me up on the Comedy Central roast, and I get a chance to get back at him!"
On working with MacFarlane, he added: "He's a good guy, we don't meet too many people in showbiz where they say, 'Hey buddy, I'll call you back, I've got something for you', and then you actually hear from them again. This guy's a stand-up guy."
It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice. THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony. She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005. He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”. They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig. More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »
- Adam Chitwood
Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) together with filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room. The film is written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), who will also direct.
Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest. Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.
- Michelle McCue
The genial, Instagram-loving Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t the first actor one might think of for a “ murderous skinhead” part, but his cranium does come fit for the job. Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) announced late Tuesday that the “X-Men” and “Star Trek” actor has joined the cast of “Green Room,” the next thriller from “Blue Ruin” writer-director Jeremy Sauliner (there’s a pattern there, I just can’t put my finger on it…). Currently shooting in Portland, Oregon, the film stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Alia Shawkat star as a punk rock band cornered into a secluded venue after witnessing a horrific act of violence perpetrated by white supremacists. As the gang attempts to eliminate all witnesses, the trio are forced to fight for their lives. Think “The Decline of Western Civilization” meets “Straw Dogs.” Stewart will play the leader of the bloodthirsty band of haters. Mark Webber, “Blue Ruin” star Macon Blair, »
- Matt Patches
Apparently, the premiere of “American Dad!” on Turner was so complex that viewers had to watch it twice. The TBS debut of the Seth MacFarlane animated series, which previously aired on Fox, drew a total of 2.5 million viewers — though only 1.1 million of them tuned in for the initial 9 p.m. telecast. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows (Photos) An encore of the episode at 10 p.m. on Turner's Adult Swim brought in the remaining 1.4 million total viewers. Also read: Seth MacFarlane Hit With Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Ted’ In the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, the initial airing. »
- Tim Kenneally
Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) together with filmscience announced today that Patrick Stewart has been added to the cast of Green Room.  Bgp is producing and financing the film and plans to release the movie in 2015.  The film is written by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), who will also direct.  Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp of filmscience will produce the film along with Bgp's Victor Moyers.  Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures and Vincent Savino of filmscience will be executive producing the project.
Principal photography began this month in and around Portland, Or.
Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.  Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier's Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young »
First appearing on our screens back in 2005, American Dad has developed from being just another family sitcom with a slightly politically satirical bent to become one of the most exciting comedy shows on television. As it’s gone on, restrictions, on both narrative possibilities and what jokes are legitimate, have been pushed and pushed to the point where it’s now a relentlessly shocking half hour.
The show has recently made the move from Fox to TBS (we hesitate to call it a cancellation given there was never a point where its future was uncertain), which likely insures its life for the near future. Whether the move will have an impact on the type of show it is »
- Alex Leadbeater
It is no surprise that Family Guy likes to poke fun at pop culture. When the show premiered in 1999, it was clear that Seth MacFarlane used the animated comedy as his way to laugh at topics ranging from abortion to drugs. The comedy also has many satirical jabs at celebrities from Bill Clinton to Lindsay Lohan Though the main goal is to make viewers laugh at the over the top antics of Peter Griffin and his family, this is not always the case. The sitcom has been sued countless times ranging from copyright infringement to celebrity parodies. Here is a look at the controversial Family Guy episodes that got Seth MacFarlane and company in trouble with the law. The Carol Burnett Lawsuit, March 2007 It all started on April 23, 2006, when Fox aired an episode of Family Guy entitled “Peterotica.” The episode featured Peter Griffin entering an adult porn shop. Peter announced that he… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Madison Avenue continues to rush to the Oscars.
ABC is nearing sell-out of its advertising inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the annual awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, according to two media-buying executives and other people familiar with the situation, even though it is seeking what may be some of the highest prices ever charged for the event.
ABC is seeking around $1.9 million for a 30-second spot in the program, these people said. The cost of a spot in the most recent broadcast, hosted in March by Ellen DeGeneres, went for between $1.8 million and $1.9 million. The Oscars are set for a Feb. 22 broadcast on ABC with Neil Patrick Harris set to host for the first time and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reprising their role as producers. Executives from the network could not be reached for comment.
The slight uptick in ad prices suggests that so-called “event »
- Brian Steinberg
The ratings for Family Guy keep coming down but the Fox series continues to be a cash cow for the studio. Will it ever be cancelled (for the second time)? Move to a cable channel like American Dad! did? Will it return for the 2015-16 season? Stay tuned.
On Family Guy, Peter Griffin and his family and friends continue to have crazy mishaps in the Rhode Island town of Quahog. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.
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 -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
Family Guy has become almost the anti-Simpsons over the years. Despite a heap of similarities between the two, Family Guy has gone the route of shock comedy while the Simpsons have played it safe, for the most part sticking with telling stories with obvious morals and lessons to be learned. Family Guy had some of that at the start, but over the years, it has changed – some say for the better, some say for the worse.
There’s no question, however, that compared to its earlier seasons, Family Guy is now a completely different show. Peter has gone from dumb but caring to just plain dumb, while since Stewie “killed” Lois the defining side of his character has been changed drastically.
Meg has been featured less and less, Chris has the same problem, both have gone from being somewhat typical teenagers with real life problems to one-note characters with »
- Jay Anderson
It looks to be that Family Guy is here to stay. After being cancelled twice, the animated sitcom is now currently in its thirteenth season and is an integral part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. This season even started with a very awesome crossover episode with The Simpsons that featured an epic fight between show patriarch’s Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson. So what is next for the comedy? Sopranos‘ alum Tony Sirico will back, but will be not be reprising his role of Vinny the Dog. He will be playing a heightened version of himself in a live sequence. We at TV Overmind were thinking. What if Seth MacFarlane decided to have an completely live action episode. What a great idea, right? We decided to help MacFarlane out and cast the episode for him. You will see a lot of big names on the list, but we have »
- Tim Gerstenberger
That wasn’t really William Shatner in “I Never Met the Dead Man” – it was Seth MacFarlane. And it wasn’t Marlee Matlin trying to use MoviePhone, it was Alex Borstein (though the real Matlin later did show up on the series). But all that means is that when the show does bring a famous name in (Adam West, Patrick Stewart and James Woods are standouts) we get something really special.
There are a couple of names you won’t find on this list, notably Norm MacDonald (Death) and Will Ferrell (the Black Knight), as they were playing roles, not making cameos. Maybe that’s an article for another day.
- Jay Anderson
You may have noticed that Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy series American Dad! is not in its former slot as part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. Starting Oct. 20, the series is moving to its new home on TBS. The network has been showing reruns of American Dad! for years, and it will now be showing first-run episodes starting with the Oct. 20 season premiere. TBS’ sister network Adult Swim, which already airs reruns of American Dad!, will continue doing so. According to TBS, the Oct. 20 premiere will air on TBS at 9pm Et/Pt, and then on Adult Swim at … Continue reading →
The post “American Dad!” begins its new season on TBS appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Neil Patrick Harris was the perfect choice to host the Oscars — but maybe not for the obvious reasons.
When Variety broke the announcement of the host Wednesday, industry reaction was positive. He’s like the Sara Lee of performers: Nobody doesn’t like Nph. But some shrugged that he was a safe choice.
Here are three reasons why TV viewers and the Academy should be excited:
1. He actually Is edgy: True, he has proven his ability when hosting the Tony and Emmy Awards. But Harris is also capable of being edgier than that. On Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” he showed a demented energy, like a combination of Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon” and Anna Magnani in just about everything she made.
- Tim Gray
Over the past few years, we’ve seen some terrific Oscar hosts (the inimitable Billy Crystal), some awful ones (the painfully unfunny Seth MacFarlane) and some ones whom we’re not really sure even remember being there (here’s looking at you, James Franco). But for next year’s ceremony, the Academy has opted to turn to someone who is almost guaranteed to deliver a legen (wait for it!) dary show. That’s right, folks – meet your new host, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris.
While this will be Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of experience, having hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice. The new gig puts him one show away from a hosting Egot, with only the Grammys left to check off (and just wait, he’ll get there).
Meanwhile, the How I Met Your Mother alum is having a pretty spectacular month. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Kyle Buchanan asks five "burning questions" about the choice of Neil Patrick Harris as the next host of the Academy Awards. He feels like it was an inevitable selection following his previous efforts on the Tonys and Emmys. He wonders if this is a good sign for "Gone Girl" since Harris is a co-star in that film. Could Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler now host the Oscars someday? Does the Academy now "value stability" above all else? Did Seth MacFarlane recommend Harris for this gig? Might he sing with previous host Hugh Jackman like they did on the Tonys? Vulture -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Oliver Gettell says that six of the past eight Brad Pitt movies have been dark and gritty. With possible Oscar contender "Fury" opening next, how does it compare to his other »
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