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Here's the Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Here's the trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the newest movie from Seth MacFarlane costarring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Neil Patrick Harris. Beware that this video may trigger you if you know someone who was tragically killed at the fair, by a large block of ice, or in an old-timey western shootout.

Brian Griffin's Probably Not Really Dead

On Sunday night's episode of Family Guy, it appeared that the Griffins' dog Brian had bitten the dust after being hit by a car. But unsurprisingly for a show not bound by any laws of nature, it might not be the end of the beloved pet. An animated clock has appeared online, promising a "special announcement" from Brian on Friday, December 6 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. There are no clues about Brian's upcoming message, other than a decree to "spread the word" about the announcement.

Some fans of Family Guy were extremely upset by Brian's death; some even started a petition to bring him back that currently [...]

Fox Ignores Pleas to Make 'Dads' Less Racist

Last week, an Asian-American watchdog group called for Fox to reshoot offensive scenes in the pilot of its new Seth MacFarlane-produced sitcom, Dads. Today, Fox execs wrote a public letter back that didn't mention reshooting the scenes, meaning that the pilot will most likely go unedited before its September 17th premiere. Here's a bit from Fox's letter:

"You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand on the guys …

"This is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries — sometimes through over-the-top, [...]

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Fox Announces 5 Fall Comedies, Including Andy Samberg and Mike Schur's Cop Show 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

Fox became the first of the big four networks to announce its fall lineup last night, and they picked up five new comedies, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur and Andy Samberg. Other comedies ordered by the network are Seth MacFarlane's live-action series Dads (which was given an early six-episode pickup in January), military sitcom Enlisted, Chris Meloni's Surviving Jack, and Us & Them, a US adaptation of the popular UK series Gavin & Stacey. All shows have received orders for 13 episodes, with Dads' six episodes also upped to 13.

Notable pilots that weren't picked up include law firm sitcom To My Assistant, which featured Catherine [...]

Seth MacFarlane Wrote a Novel Based on the Screenplay to His Next Movie, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

As if he has any free time these days, Seth MacFarlane somehow managed to write his first book. He authored a 208-page novelization of his next movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West. was co-written by MacFarlane and frequent collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, but he wrote the book solo. MacFarlane also stars in the film as a sheep herder who falls in love with a woman (Charlize Theron), only to find her husband (Liam Neeson) is a dangerous criminal. A Million Ways to Die in the West: The Novel comes out March 4th. The movie, while the movie that inspired it hits theaters May 30th,

It's [...]

'Family Guy' Killed Off Brian Last Night

On last night's episode of Family Guy, the Griffin's dog and smartest member of the family Brian was struck by a car and killed off. Brian, who was voiced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, died after baby Stewie's time machine had broken, meaning he was unable to go back and save him. But since the world of Family Guy has a very casual relationship with continuity and logic, it's more than possible that his death need not be the end of Brian.

Update: Family Guy's writers made reference to the death at Comic-Con a few months ago, saying that one family member would be killed and replaced by another [...]

Asian-American Group Wants Seth MacFarlane's New Show 'Dads' to Reshoot Racist Scenes

Seth MacFarlane's new sitcom, Dads, hasn't hit the airwaves yet, but it's already experiencing trouble. Guy Aoki, founding president of watchdog group MANAA,  the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, wrote a public letter to Fox yesterday asking for scenes he deemed racist in the pilot for the live action Seth Green/Giovanni Ribisi sitcom to be reshot.

"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," writes Aoki. He also mentions the poor early reviews the pilot has received from critics, adding, "We are asking you to reshoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot. Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general – and [...]

Seth MacFarlane Turned Down the Chance to Host the Oscars Again

Seth MacFarlane's performance as Oscars host this year drew a mixed response, but the ceremony got big ratings. It was reported last month that he had been asked to return to host the awards in 2014, but MacFarlane revealed today on Twitter that he said no to the opportunity. "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," MacFarlane wrote. He added, "However, I highly recommend the job, as [Craig] Zadan and [Neil] Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix." Don't get your hopes up, [...]

Seth MacFarlane Has Been Asked to Host the Oscars Again

This year's Oscars host Seth MacFarlane has been asked to return to host the ceremony again in 2014, according to a report by Just Jared. The Family Guy creator's performance as host this year was met with a mixed response, so much so that he said on Twitter the following day that he wouldn't be interested in doing it again. Nevertheless, the telecast drew a large and young audience, and, according to Just Jared's source, the producers of the 2014 ceremony have approached MacFarlane about returning. The source says, "After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again. He’s not [...]

Brian Came Back to Life on 'Family Guy' Last Night

The Brian saga is finally over. After getting hit by a car and killed, probably not being dead, and being rumored to come back on the show, the Griffins' beloved dog made his Family Guy return on last night's episode "Christmas Guy." Thanks to a time machine and some quick thinking by Stewie, Brian's death-by-car was averted just in time for some sentimental Christmas gratitude, and you can watch a clip from the episode here. The time machine was also an easy way to get rid of the Griffins' temporary replacement dog Vinny (voiced by The Sopranos' Tony Sirico), so it looks like we can [...]

Seth MacFarlane Gets Another Animated Show at Fox

Fox has bought another animated comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. TV Guide reports that the network has ordered 13 episodes of show Bordertown produced by MacFarlane and created by Family Guy EP Mark Hentemann. The show will follow Bud Buckwald, a Border Patrol agent in a Texas border town and his next door neighbor, a Mexican immigrant named Ernesto Gonzales. The show will "take a satirical look at America's cultural shifts through the evolving relationships between the two families." The series is expected to debut sometime during the 2014-15 TV season and is the second network comedy ordered for next year already following NBC's Tooken (tentative title), which was co-created by Tina [...]

'American Dad!' Is Jumping to TBS in 2014

Fox's long-running sitcom American Dad! is jumping from the broadcast network to a cable one next year. Deadline reports that the series will air its tenth and final season on Fox beginning this fall and then the show will move to TBS next year. TBS has ordered an 11th season of American Dad! consisting of 15 episodes. Under the deal, TBS's sister network Adult Swim will air encores of the new American Dad! episodes after they initially air on TBS.

This is pretty surprising news given that this is the first we've heard of American Dad! being finished at Fox. The series has been at the network for [...]

Seth MacFarlane's 'Cosmos' with Neil deGrasse Tyson Coming to Fox in 2014

Seth MacFarlane and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of Carl Sagan's '80s documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Journey, is finally coming to your TV. The 13-part series, which is produced by MacFarlane and hosted by deGrasse Tyson, was originally announced in 2011 for a 2013 launch, but Fox announced this week that the show will finally make its premiere sometime in 2014. Hopefully, Neil deGrasse Tyson will be bringing his StarTalk co-host Eugene Mirman with him in some capacity.