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Leave it to The Simpsons to blur the line between Valentine’s Day and Halloween.
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Sunday’s very special episode (Fox, 8/7c) finds the residents of the Springfield Retirement Castle suffering from a drug-induced hallucination that causes them to relive their fondest memories — which, on V-Day, pretty much all revolve around lost loves.
Enter Mona Simpson (voiced once again by Academy Award nominee Glenn Close), who returns from beyond the grave Grampa’s memories in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek to remind the ol’ coot of better days gone by. »
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, rapper Ice Cube and actress Anna Kendrick have been tapped to present at this year’s Grammy Awards. The night’s presenters will also include Common, “Late Late Show” host James Corden, “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco, “Family Guy” honcho Seth MacFarlane, “Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ryan Seacrest, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. LL Cool J is hosting the ceremony, which will air Feb. 15 on CBS. Also Read: Taylor Swift to Open Grammy Awards With Song From '1989' The Grammys will also present Earth, Wind & Fire — whose founder, »
- Tim Kenneally
A first-look sneak peek teaser has arrived online for Illumination Entertainment and director Garth Jennings’ upcoming animated musical Sing which features a voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, “Sing” stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, »
- Amie Cranswick
The Last Man on Earth will return with new episodes on Sunday, March 6, at 9:30/8:30c, Fox announced Friday. That same day, Seth MacFarlane’s animated series Bordertown will move to its new 7 pm time slot.
The Will Forte-led comedy will pick up right where it left off, with Mike’s space capsule descending toward Earth, putting him on the same planet as his big brother.
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Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch from writers Wellesley Wild, Kevin Biggins and Mike Desilets, the studio announced Friday. The story follows a group of enthusiastically overweight dads who get a wake-up call when a member of their group has a heart attack, forcing them to abruptly change their hard-drinking and hard-eating lifestyle. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Universal executive Jon Mone will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel and Seth MacFarlane Expertly Sketch ABC Audience Members (Video) Wild (pictured above) wrote and executive produced “Ted” and. »
- Jeff Sneider
A couple years ago, American Dad! was dropped by Fox and moved to TBS. Well, though the animated sitcom's ratings have come way down, it won't be in any danger of being cancelled for a long time. The cable channel has already been renewed through season 13. Will the execs end up regretting that decision? Stay tuned.
The home of Stan Smith and his family on American Dad! continues to be as unorthodox as ever. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, and Dee Bradley Baker.
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The show stars Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as Sandy; Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as Danny Zuko; and Vanessa Hudgens (“Spring Breakers”) as Rizzo. Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) is the executive producer; Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction; and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing With the Stars”) serves as the live television director.
Earlier this month, ITV announced that it had acquired U.S. talk-show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which started airing on ITV2 on Jan. 18, and the channel recently became the U.K. home for the Seth MacFarlane family of shows: “American Dad,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Bordertown.” Its other U.S. »
- Leo Barraclough
Hush, hush now Charlotte, Bill Maher has some whitesplaining to do. Hollywood’s diversity problem, said the host on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher, is the Asians’ fault. "The dirty little secret," Maher said on his HBO show, "is most movies are made now with an eye to the foreign market, and Asians really are racist." When his guests, including Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-fla), reacted with surprise, Maher doubled down. "I’m just… »
2015 offered some terrific films for audiences – The Martian, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Brooklyn and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to name a few. They were huge crowd-pleasers and very successful at the box office. But not every movie connected with audiences this past year, as much as we wanted them to.
Wamg takes a look at the past 12 months and the movies that we really wanted to love, but just couldn’t. Here we go with our Top 10 list of the Most Disappointing Films of 2015.
Dishonorable Mention: Seventh Son
It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. And that is only one of the many problems with this film. Seventh Son is nothing but hallow, visual clutter that is cobbled together to form something that struggles to appeal to the »
- Movie Geeks
The couple is seeking $150,000 to complete production on “Copd: Highly Illogical” — a combination of a tribute to Nimoy and an exploration of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the cause of his passing last year at age 83. They plan to make “Highly Illogical” available free for downloading.
The project already raised $300,000 through corporate sponsors. Premiums in the new campaign include dinner with the Nimoys for $5,000 and an associate producer credit for $10,000.
The movie is aimed at providing information and treatments on Copd from medical experts along with examining how Copd affected Nimoy. The film’s narration is provided by John de Lancie, who starred on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other spinoff series as the character “Q.”
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- Dave McNary
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two members of the boy band (wait, when does "man band" become the preferred nomenclature?) One Direction, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, recorded their voices for an upcoming episode of Family Guy called "Run, Chris, Run," EW reports. The episode centers on Chris's campaign for homecoming king and features a campfire scene with Stewie, who tells all four members of the band a scary story involving non-skinny jeans. No word on whether Niall and Harry will be rendered speechless by this story or if they'll be voiced by Seth MacFarlane doing his best Irish and English accents, respectively. Anyway, here's to hoping one of the Family Guys can officially replace Zayn! The episode will air in May. »
- Emma Barrie
The probability of a musical number in the Lockhart, Agos and Lee offices just got a lot higher.
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Morrison will play Connor Fox, an assistant U.S. attorney who is responsible for putting the last four Illinois governors behind bars. Described as a tough and smart guy, Connor doesn’t exactly warm to the Florricks upon meeting them.
The Good Wife‘s midseason premiere airs Sunday, Jan. 10, at 9/8c.
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Football dominated last week’s primetime ratings race, with Espn easily winning among the networks thanks to its College Football Playoff semifinals — even if both games tumbled in the event’s second year — and a season-high total-viewer count for the finale of “Monday Night Football.” NBC, meanwhile, stayed on top in demos on the broadcast side as “Sunday Night Football” towered over the field as it ended its season.
According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates for the Dec. 28-Jan. 3 frame, Espn averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 to easily best NBC (1.8), CBS (1.2), ABC (1.0) and Fox (0.9). The only other network to log a higher weekly average in the past two months has been NBC during Thanksgiving week (3.2), when it aired two primetime NFL contests. NBC, meanwhile, was the top broadcaster in the demo for the 14th time in 15 weeks this television season.
Espn also scored a victory in total viewers, »
- Rick Kissell
[[tmz:video id="0_vthhi3fd"]] The most popular agent in town attracted more celebs than the Golden Globes can only hope. CAA agent Cade Hudson had a birthday bash Wednesday night at Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills. The rain didn't stop a swarm of celebs from dining on steak and lobster, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Penn, Kate Hudson, Joe Jonas, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Ryan Phillippe, Bella Thorne, Seth MacFarlane, Rachel Zoe, Amanda Seyfried, Suki Waterhouse, Emma Roberts, Francesca Eastwood, »
- TMZ Staff
It was written in the stars. National Geographic Channel has renewed the StarTalk TV show, for a third season. The weekly science-themed talk show is hosted by super-star astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The StarTalk season two finale just aired, January 3rd.
The first and second season of the show featured many notable guests, including: George Takei, President Jimmy Carter, Norman Lear, President Bill Clinton, Larry Wilmore, and Seth MacFarlane. Per Variety, The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, and The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, are set for season three.
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It’s that time of year again, to watch hair extensions on top of Bebe mannequins fall in love with a man with a boring job just because he was emotionally vulnerable on TV once. We are officially back, Bachelor Nation! It’s season 20. Ben “Sexy Seth MacFarlane” Higgins is our Bachelor, and he is looking for a self-esteem boost … er … I mean, love. When Ben was announced as the Bachelor, I wondered what his thing would be. What was his hook? He was just kinda nice to some kids once, but he wasn’t really a standout on Kaitlyn’s season. He wasn’t a jealous nightmare, so I guess he had that going for him, but I was left wondering: What’s his narrative?Ben thinks he’s unlovable. Ben has low self-esteem, and he’s kissed as many people as he can until one makes him think he’s worthy of something. »
- Ali Barthwell
The new year proved not very welcoming to new Fox comedy series Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life and Bordertown. Airing against Sunday Night Football, both series premieres dropped significantly from their lead-ins. Cooper Barreett (1.2 in adults 18-49) at 8:30 Pm followed The Simpsons (2.0, helped by an NFL overrun), while the Seth MacFarlane-produced animated comedy Bordertown (1.1) at 9:30 Pm aired behind MacFarlane’s Family Guy (1.7). Bordertown‘s performance… »
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