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I was hoping Sunday night's Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover would've faded from my memory by now, but it's as vivid as ever, and not for reasons series creator Seth MacFarlane would appreciate. Except for a couple of scenes in the second half — notably Peter and Homer's version of the "chicken fight,” which was hilarious until it sunk in just how lame this episode was for recycling it, and the intellectual-property trial, an intriguing germ of an idea that didn't go anywhere — it's sort of an anti-classic, a peerless example of what not to do. The episode contained many preemptive criticisms of itself as an example of a half-baked "crossover" episode, but even by the lowered standards of crossovers, it was weak. What it did do, though, is clarify that the creative team on Family Guy is carrying around a pretty major load of self-hatred over the mostly unflattering ways »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »
- Norman Weiss
Last night, fans of both Family Guy and The Simpsons received a crossover that no one specifically asked for, and yet people were very “Hmmm ... sure” about, at least if you go by the impressive overnight ratings. The gimmicky episode was a mixed bag: Certain bits seemed to honor both shows’ traditions, while others brought down the quality of both animated Fox franchises. Here’s our assessment of what worked and what didn’t.Worked 1. The hippie-murderers joke When Lois thanks Marge for letting her family crash at their house, Mrs. Simpson replies, “And thank you for not being a band of hippie murderers.” Homer chimes in with “And now this again. You bring home two bands of hippie murderers and suddenly it’s all you’re about.” It was one of the few jokes that felt like a complete mix of both shows' sensibilities. 2. Stewie’s instant infatuation with »
- Jesse David Fox
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.
"The Simpsons Guy," the highly anticipated crossover episode between animated staples The Simpsons and Family Guy, hit airwaves on Sunday night. The hour-long Family Guy premiere found the Griffin crew stranded in Springfield after their car is stolen; Homer bumps into the family at the Kwik E Mart and offers to let them stay at the Simpson home. Chaos, naturally, ensues: Peter and Homer employ a number of insane tactics to track down the missing vehicle, holding a "Stolen Car Wash" and guzzling gasoline in order to "think like a car. »
Family Guy and The Simpsons premiered Sunday with an epic crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy,” and not-so-subtly discussed the differences between the two shows through arguments between Homer and Peter Griffin.
Griffins In Springfield
“The Simpsons Guy” found the Griffins stranded in Springfield and staying with the Simpsons.
As expected, not everybody from the two iconic animated families got along. Brian was particularly put off by Santa’s Little Helper – a dog that acts like a dog! And, Marge was confused by Brian’s human-like desire to sit at the table for dinner.
Meanwhile, Lisa wanted to help build Meg’s self-esteem and helped Meg find her talent: the saxophone. And Bart taught Stewie the art of the prank call.
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven't yet watched the Season 13 premiere of “Family Guy” entitled “The Simpsons Guy.”) “Yay! A crossover always brings out the best in each show,” Chris Griffin said at the top of Fox's “Family Guy” season premiere. “It certainly doesn't smack of desperation. The priorities are always creative and not driven by marketing–” Stewie cut him off, but the line perfectly set the stage for an epic crossover between the two shows that have come to define Fox animation: “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” The creators threw absolutely everything into this hourlong episode, »
- Jason Hughes
The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you’re over The Simpsons: It hasn’t even been good in 13 years. Those aren’t my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how “The Simpsons Guy” portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. »
- Darren Franich
After more than a year of hype, the first families of Fox finally came together on Sunday’s Family Guy season premiere. So, did the Simpsons crossover meet your expectations?
It certainly met mine. I found the Griffins’ visit to Springfield to be a bizarre-yet-perfect marriage, one that taught us all a valuable lesson: Despite their inherent similarities, it’s Ok to love both shows for (very) different reasons.
So, without further Apu, here are 10 moments that stuck out to me — for better or worse — from the premiere: »
This Week in TV:
Starz unveils the Outlander season 1, part 2 premiere date; USA casts Josh Holloway (Lost) as the lead in Colony; Seth MacFarlane’s Blunt Talk casts Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) as its female lead; and Netflix secures U.K. series Peaky Blinders.
Starz has announced that season 1 of its hit drama Outlander will return with the first of its final eight episodes on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
With season 2 already commissioned by the network, the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series is certainly off to a strong start, but not just with the folks at Starz. ...
- Daniel Johnson
As promised, The Simpsons‘ 26th season premiere saw the highly anticipated demise of a “beloved” Springfield resident on Sunday.
So now, we gather here to mourn the loss of Krusty’s father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (voiced by the great Jackie Mason), who’s been a part of the Simpsons universe since reuniting with his estranged, red-nosed son in 1991.
Let’s begin with what I’m sure is the first question on all of your minds: Why Krusty’s dad?
“I just thought it would be a good story »
As the much anticipated crossover featuring The Simpsons and Family Guy characters is set to air Sunday, one scene is already causing a furor. The scene, released in advance of the episode, involves Bart Simpson showing Family Guy's Stewie and Brian how to make one of his signature prank calls to Moe's Tavern. Bart's call is mischievous but tame — causing Moe embarrassment related to his backside — but Stewie's effort involves a rape joke. "Hello, Moe — your sister's being raped," Stewie tells Moe. Parents Television Council president Tim Winter found the joke troubling and contacted Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy honcho Seth MacFarlane, requesting that the
- Ryan Gajewski
Slattery is joining the upcoming comedy film in an undisclosed role, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Seyfrie worked with MacFarlane on his most recent film A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Ted 2 opens on June 26, 2015 in the Us and July 10, 2015 in the UK. »
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
This weekend's boot camp three-parter concludes, with the last bunch of hopefuls singing for their place at Judges' Houses.
Tonight's instalment also sees two new bands formed from failed solo contestants.
Molly (Lacey Turner) gets a little too close to Afghan girl Bashira (Becky Eggersglusz), despite advice from her captain to distance herself from the locals.
James's words may soon come back to haunt Molly, as information retrieved from Bashira places her and Molly's entire platoon in danger.
Downton Abbey: ITV, 9pm
After last week's bombshell, everybody in the household is coming to terms with what happened and it falls on the shoulders of Robert (Hugh Bonneville) to make a far-reaching decision.
They are two of the most famous creators in the universe. Their work is quoted almost as often as Scripture. They have turned their pens into ATMs, making them richer than the creator of the universe. They have given rise to—and remain the symbolic deities of—two sides of a pop culture debate that is being fervidly argued out on some message board as you read this. But on this toasty summer afternoon in L.A., dressed in white shirts, jeans, and sneakers, Matt Groening, the 60-year-old creator/exec producer of The Simpsons (and Futurama), and Seth MacFarlane, the »
- Dan Snierson
Liam Neeson has once again teamed up with Seth MacFarlane, this time for the writer-director's upcoming film Ted 2. The two previously worked together on A Million Ways to Die in the West in which Neeson played the evil villain. MacFarlane revealed the news himself on Twitter saying:
There's no word on how big of a part he'll play, but it might just be a cameo role since it sounds like he one shot for one day. But you never know, he could always come back for more shooting. I do hope that Neeson's part is more comedic than the last one.
Freeman has a decent sized role in the film though as a civil rights lawyer who takes Ted on as a client. Mark Wahlberg is reprising his role, and the leading lady playing opposite him is being played by Amanda Seyfried. »
- Joey Paur
Travis Barker is doing a new mash up with none other than Peter Griffin ... after scoring an apparel deal with "Family Guy." Travis' clothing line ... Famous Stars and Straps will be selling gear with artwork featuring characters from Seth MacFarlane's hit show. Sources connected to Travis tell us he got his favorite tattoo artist to draw up the first design ... with a little East L.A. flavor. We're told Trav and co. plan to »
- TMZ Staff
In less than 60 hours, one Springfield resident will be joining Bleeding Gums Murphy on that big storyboard in the sky. So, who’s taking their final bow on The Simpsons‘ season premiere this Sunday (Fox, 8/7c)?
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“I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” executive producer Al Jean explains to TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. »
We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) has landed the Big Bad role in the next Ya franchise, signing on to play the antagonist in the Maze Runner sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. John Slattery is the latest familiar face to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s now-filming comedy sequel Ted 2. Guy Pearce and Dominic West (The Wire) have joined the fantastic ensemble cast for the literary drama Genius, playing a couple of legendary novelists. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. 20th Century Fox is moving incredibly quickly on a sequel to the Ya adaptation The Maze Runner after it opened to solid box office last weekend, already setting The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release next September. THR reports that Game of Thrones and The Wire alum »
- Adam Chitwood
Tim and Jill Taylor 4-Eva!
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop on 42 Returning Favorites
The actress will play Helen Potts, a recently divorced neighbor of Allen’s character. The episode will feature more than one wink to their classic sitcom roles, as Helen likes to do home repairs. She’s also bitter about her ex-husband, who often destroyed things around their house despite supposedly being good with tools.
Last Man Standing returns Friday, Oct. 3 at 8/7c. »
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