6 items from 2016
Seth MacFarlane has made quite a name for himself by being the go-to creator of new animated series on the Fox network. He started off with Family Guy, a show that was canceled and then revived along with MacFarlane’s career. Since then he’s created American Dad, The Cleveland Show and Bordertown. Now he’s heading into […]
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- Ethan Anderton
The Family Guy creator is a talented voice artist, but his acting is continually creepy and facile. There’s little to no hope for his new show about space explorers, then
“Seth MacFarlane to Star in Live-Action Space Dramedy Series for Fox” booms a Hollywood Reporter headline, informing us of Fox’s decision to produce a 13-episode series – written by and starring MacFarlane – about a crew of space explorers set 300 years in the future.
MacFarlane has enjoyed a long and varied career in showbusiness. As well as his animated empire – which includes Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show – he has directed movies, presented the Oscars, produced documentaries and released three easy-listening albums.
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- Stuart Heritage
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
The film follows a group of overweight dads who get a wake-up call and abruptly change their hard-drinking, hard-eating lifestyles when a member of their group has a heart attack.
Exec vice president of production Jon Mone will oversee the project for Universal.
Wild wrote and executive produced “Ted” and “Ted 2,” alongside producers Stuber and Clark. The two films, released by Universal, collectively grossed more than $760 million worldwide. Wild also serves as executive producer, writer and voice cast on Fox’s “Family Guy.”
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- Justin Kroll
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
Hailing from scribe Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, the Untitled Sharpe/Lord and Miller Project follows three friends who find a way to travel through time for truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.
Sharpe currently works on “The Grinder” and is an alum of “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show.” With him, Lord and Miller, plus “Last Man on Earth’s” Seth Cohen serving as exec producers, the project keeps all familiar Fox faces in the family. (Lord and Miller are under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox, which is producing the potential time travel series. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
6 items from 2016
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