‘Family Guy’ Brings Dead Dog Brian Back

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 7:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

family_guy_brianWell, we never bought that “Brian is dead” hysteria because it made no creative and business sense (read A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?) But many did. And just … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Family Guy’ Rise, ‘Home Videos’ Hits High

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 9:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

afvABC’s Once Upon A Time finally wrapped the Neverland-set storyline that had received mixed reaction and resulted in a string of three series lows over the last few weeks. The downward ratings trend was reversed last night when action returned … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 2:27pm PST

Family Guy BrianA Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?
By Nellie Andreeva Family Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of the show’s talking dog Brian, hit by a car in last night’s episode. There is already a petition calling for the dog’s resurrection. While Brian was definitely positively dead and buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans are suspicious.

MSNBC’s Next Headache: What To Do About Martin Bashir
By Lisa de Moraes MSNBC‘s joint announcement today with Alec Baldwin’s camp that they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show leaves the cable news network with just one on-air talent headache: Martin Bashir, whose apology for graphic comments he made about Sarah Palin hasn’t ended chatter as to whether he should be punished.

alec baldwinAlec Baldwin Won’t Be ‘Up Late’ On MSNBC Any More
By Lisa de Moraes MSNBC and Alec Baldwin‘s camp announced jointly that Baldwin’s Friday show is toast: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” MSNBC and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik said. Added MSNBC: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Fallout: Lara Logan, Producer Take Leave Of Absence
By Lisa de Moraes Lara Logan, the reporter behind 60 Minutes‘ now-discredited story on the Benghazi attacks, has agreed to take a leave of absence from CBS News. Also taking a leave is producer Max McClellan. Read More »

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UPDATE: Hoax “Special Announcement From Brian” Site Follows ‘Family Guy’ Pooch Passing

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 8:36am PST

UPDATE, 8:30 AM: “The producers have confirmed that the ‘special announcement from Brian’ website is a hoax and was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network,” Family Guy studio 20th Century Fox TV said this morning, in response to questions about the site.

PREVIOUSLY: 6:47 AM: Did grieving Family Guy viewers get punked by Seth MacFarlane and gang? Did 20th TV fake Brian’s death to sell merchandise during the holiday buying season and goose the show’s ratings? Two days after the “shocking” death of the Fox animated show’s talking dog Brian, a countdown clock has appeared that promises a “special announcement from Brian” on the way — in 10 days and counting at time of posting — with the suggestion same grieving viewers should “spread the word.”

Related: A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone? Read More »

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A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Related: “Special Announcement From Brian” Follows ‘Family Guy’ Pooch Passing

Brian Dead Family GuyFamily Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of … Read More »

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PTC Blasts ‘Family Guy’ For Jokes About Rape, Sexual Exploitation Of Kids, And “Internal Defrosting Of Frozen Hot Dogs”

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 8:00am PST

The FCC will get a mess of complaints about the November 10 episode of Fox’s animated Seth MacFarlane comedy Family Guy after Parents Television Council encouraged members today to file broadcast indecency complaints with the commission. PTC says it sprang into action because the episode contained explicit jokes about rape, molestation, sexual exploitation of children — and the “sexualized use of food and perverse ‘internal defrosting’ of frozen hot dogs.” PTC sent out word of the campaign this morning to the media, with a helpful partial transcript of the episode:

- Upset at being threatened by a bully and challenged to a fight, teenage Meg runs into the girl’s restroom. She finds pedophile Quagmire inside.

Meg: “What are you doing in here?”

Quagmire: “This is my base of operations.”

Quagmire’s phone beeps. Voice on phone: “Mr. Quagmire, the girl’s gym class will be in the showers in twenty minutes.”

- Quagmire recounts being bullied by a girl when he was in high school: “That was the beginning of a long, abusive relationship. It’s one thing if you put your penis inside-out in the safety of your own bedroom. But to have it done in the cafeteria? To this day, I can’t have sex with a woman against her will without thinking about rape.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Surges, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Betrayal’ Tie Lows, ‘Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Down

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

It was a good Sunday to be in New Orleans for the Saints and for NFL Sunday Night Football (7.0/17) last night. Week 10 of the season saw NOLA’s Saints take the Dallas Cowboys to the cleaners last night in a 49-17 victory and a NFL record-breaking 40 first downs. It also saw a strong 23% rise in fast nationals from last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game. In the 8:30 PM – 11 PM block, that November 3 battle got a 5.7/14 rating, which rose to a 6.3/16 for its 8:31 PM – 11:35 PM play in the final numbers. With their 7-2 season so far and team best record of 625 total yards last night, Sunday’s lopsided success was the Saints’ 12th straight primetime win at home in the Superdome. Sunday’s game was watched by 19.30 million viewers, up from last week’s  15.34 million. With live events like last night’s NFL game on NBC, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later this Veterans Day. In metered market results, the game drew a 13.0/21 during the 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM block. That’s up from the 11.4/19 that Week 9’s much closer 27-24 Colts-Texans game pulled in but down from the 13.5/22 that the Cowboys’ October 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins had. Last night saw New Orleans (56.2/73) as the top metered market for the game, followed by Dallas (30.3/47), San Antonio (22.6/34), Austin (21.5/35 and a tie for fifth place between Albuquerque (20.1/30) and Richmond (20.1/29). With a 5.7/15 rating, NBC won the night in terms of the adult 18-49 demo. It also took the top spot in total viewers with 15.797 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo
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‘Family Guy’-'The Simpsons’ Crossover Episode Set For 2014

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 3:24pm PDT

Call it Animation Domination Integration. Fox said today that a fall 2014 episode of Family Guy will feature those venerable Springfieldians visiting the Griffin family. In the episode, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Wife’ Finale Dips, ‘Revenge’ Up, ‘Red Widow’ Hits Low, CBS & Fox Tie To Top Demo

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

It was the fourth night of the May sweep last night, and it also was the end of the fourth season of The Good Wife (1.6/4) on CBS. Full of the corruption, cynicism and plot twists that have marked the legal drama’s latest season, plus a new Governor, the 9 PM finale was up 7% from last week but dipped 6% from the 1.7 of last year’s April 29 season finale. With 9.01 million watching, last night’s Good Wife was also down from the 9.97 million who tuned in for its Season 3 finale. CBS began the night at 7 PM with 60 Minutes (1.5/5), which was the most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers but down 21% from its April 21 show. The Amazing Race (2.3/6) also was down but just 4% from last week. Airing at 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.5/4) wrapped up the night, slipping 6% from its April 21 airing. With 9.60 million watching, CBS won Sunday in viewership and tied with Fox to top the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7. Read More »

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Seth MacFarlane Rips Edited ‘Family Guy’ Clip That Depicts Boston Marathon Bombings; Original Episode Pulled

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 4:37pm PDT

Fox has pulled the recent episode from its Fox.com and Hulu that depicted mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is peeved that an edited clip from the episode is circulating that … Read More »

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UTA Signs ‘Ted’ Scribes Alec Sulkin And Wellesley Wild

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:44pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ted co-writers writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have signed with UTA. This comes as FBC picked up their untitled pilot and moved it right to series, one of the few large commitments of the … Read More »

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UPDATE: Pulled ‘Family Guy’ Episode To Air On Sunday; ‘American Dad’, ‘Haven’ On Hold

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 7:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The first of the programs pulled by the networks in the immediate aftermath of the tragic Friday school shooting in Connecticut has been rescheduled. The original Family Guy episode, which was slated to run last Sunday, … Read More »

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Seth MacFarlane On His Oscar Approach: It’s Part Stewie, Part Gene Kelly

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 4:40pm PST

There has been plenty of arm-waving concern since Academy Awards producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan tapped Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars that his poop jokes would stink up the Dolby Theatre stage. Of course, … Read More »

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Tony Sirico To Recur On ‘Family Guy’, Bess Armstrong On ‘House Of Lies’

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 8:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Sirico has been tapped for a recurring role on the Fox animated series Family Guy. He will voice Vinnie the Dog, a pooch with attitude and possible criminal ties that the Griffins buy from a pet shop. I hear Sirico also sings the theme song for next season with Family Guy creator/lead actor Seth MacFarlane and the rest of the series’ voice cast. Additionally, Sirico is set to voice Tony “Peanuts” Sirico in the Adult Swim animated pilot Colonel Wallace, about an eccentric Southern fried-chicken magnate. Sirico, repped by Bob McGowan, recently wrapped the feature Zarra’s Law and Nickelodeon movie Nicky Deuce. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Revenge’ & ‘The Amazing Race’ Hit Lows

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 10:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Once Upon A Time‘s impressive three-week streak of ratings increases came to a screeching halt last night as the ABC fairytale drama (2.7/7) dropped 23% from last Sunday to a series low. Football had a bigger effect on broadcast networks’ lineups last night as a Fox overrun bled deeper into primetime than usual, pushing the start of the net’s regular programming to 8:20 PM and providing an atypical competition for the others. Still, Once Upon A Time was steady from its first half-hour (2.7 in 18-49), which faced the football overrun, to the second (2.8), which didn’t, meaning that whatever regular viewers the series lost to football did not come back when the game was over. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4), which took on the brunt of the football overrun from 7-8 PM, was down 18%.

ABC’s Revenge had already been on a ratings downswing even when its lead-in Once Upon A Time was climbing in the ratings over the past three weeks. Now with Once down, Revenge (2.4/5) dropped 11% to a season low. This is not good news for the sophomore soap, which has been a soft performer in its new high-profile Sunday 9 PM slot this fall. A little better news for newcomer 666 Park Ave (1.3/3), which may have finally found the bottom, even with last Sunday’s series low. As ABC is nearing back order decision on its freshman series, the question is whether a 1.3 demo rating would be enough to warrant an order for the supernatural drama, whose chances of continuing had diminished over the last few weeks. Read More »

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Comedy From ‘Ted’s Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Lands At Fox With Big Commitment

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 3:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The trio behind Ted, the biggest comedy hit of the summer, are teaming for another project, this time in television. Fox has snagged the multi-camera live-action comedy, written/executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and … Read More »

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Seth MacFarlane Says “I’d Be Open To Making Ted 2″: Comic-Con

Seth MacFarlane might be making a sequel to Ted. “I’d be open to making Ted 2,” the director today told fans at the American Dad panel at Comic-Con. MacFarlane didn’t elaborate on the possibility of he and Ted co-star Mark Wahlberg’s reunion. However, the fact that the film, which was released on June 29, has become one of the the biggest R-Rated comedies at the box office, a sequel makes sense.

Earlier on the panel, it was announced that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm will join Danny Seth MacFarlaneGlover, Sarah Michelle Geller, Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, Danny Glover and former SNL cast member Will Forte as guest stars on the new season of American Dad. The guest stars announcement came on the American Dad panel that immediately followed the Family Guy panel in Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 today.

MacFarlane, who is also Family Guy’s executive producer, creator and star also told the fans that his Flintstones reboot isn’t dead but it’s really not a priority right now. “It’s been put on the backburner, so we don’t know when it is going to happened. There’s no exact schedule,” Read More »

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EMMYS: Series Creators On Why We’re Laughing

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:04pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro, Diane Haithman and Ray Richmond are AwardsLine contributors

Boardwalk EmpireAwardsLine staffers threatened to send singing telegrams to the offices of TV’s biggest sitcom creators and showrunners unless they agreed to participate in this feature and divulge their … Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Family Guy’ Calls Academy Voters “Overprivileged Brentwood Jews” In Mailer

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Family Guy Emmy CampaignNever known for subtlety in its Emmy campaigns, Family Guy‘s mailer this year echoes the comedy’s provocative 2010 Emmy mailer that featured Peter Griffin as the girl from Precious and the slogan Vote For Us Read More »

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