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Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane "never expected" Family Guy to go on for as long as it has.

The creator of the adult animated show - which was cancelled after three seasons in 2002, only to be brought back three years later due to popular demand - is shocked the series has gone on to be a huge success, and he relies on the ratings to dictate if he should continue with it.

"I never expected it to go on for so long. I ponder the end of Family Guy on a regular basis. It's important to know when a show has overstayed its welcome before your audience does. All you can do is look at the ratings. The ratings are still great, so there are still people watching it."

Seth has just made the jump from small screen to big screen with his feature-length directorial debut Ted, in which Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis star opposite a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and he insists cinema work is easier than cartoons. The 38-year-old star - who voices the character Ted and also wrote and produced the comedy movie - told Shortlist magazine, "If anything, I found I had more control. Rather than relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine months, you're relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine minutes."


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Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is to make a cameo appearance in Family Guy.

The Dark Shadows actor will return to his title role from 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands for a brief gag in the adult animation. The 49-year-old star initially struggled to get back into character, but found inspiration by watching clips from the film.

"When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn't done that voice since he did it in front of the camera. [But] he was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie," Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann told Entertainment Weekly.

Johnny impressed everyone involved in the show with his performance - particularly the female cast and crew members. "He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him," he added.

Though it is not clear when Johnny's appearance will broadcast, the new series of Family Guy returns to TV on September 30.



A new year means a new TV schedule.

This week, we’ll see a number of familiar faces returning to primetime. On Monday, Brad Womack will play The Bachelor for a second time on ABC. The following day, Paula Abdul will come back to reality television with while Jane Badler will once again be featured in a series titled V.

As you will see from the schedule, Hellcats won’t be the only show airing on a new day. The Defenders will move to Fridays as will . Meanwhile, NBC has shuffled its Thursday night comedy lineup around.

We hope our detailed guide -- with information from the five major networks -- can assist you in the weeks to come. We’ve included the days, times and return/premiere dates for the midseason programs.

(NOTE: This schedule has been updated as of January 27. Don’t be surprised to see changes in the weeks to come.)

Click to continue reading 2010-11 Midseason Television Programming Schedule


Family GuyHere are some of the options available this week:

  • The Andy Griffith Show: 50th Anniversary (Best of Mayberry)
  • Billy the Exterminator (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Bleach (Uncut) (Box Set 7)
  • Caprica (Season 1.5)
  • Family Guy: It's a Trap!
  • Futurama (Volume 5)
  • Gene Simmons Family Jewels (Season 4)
  • The Guild (Season 4)
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Volume 5)
  • The Virginian (Season 2)

Make sure to also check out the film options for this week.

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(Make sure to check out TV Envy's Programming Schedule.)

MONDAY (11/1)

  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 8:30 p.m.): "Jeff and Adam invent a game involving the heads of mannequins." The episode will feature special appearances by Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.
  • The Women of SNL (NBC, 9 p.m.): "The spotlight shines on the female performers of Saturday Night Live in a showcase that features memorable past sketches and original skits." Shouldn't Lorne Michaels be focused on making one show a week good?
  • Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby (VH1, 10:30 p.m.): Series premiere. "Mario's girfriend Courtney Mazza is pregnant, and the couple prepare for parenthood. In the opener, the baby is three months away, and Mario hasn't quite grasped becoming a daddy." He's still trying to figure out that moment when he slipped up.

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (11/1-11/7)


ABC had Vanessa Williams, FOX had an hour-long Family Guy and CBS had a must-see watermelon mishap – but those three networks were missing one important thing: football. The gridiron action in Miami was hot enough to win both the demos and viewers for NBC.

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Click to continue reading Sunday Ratings: NBC Tops Premieres with Football

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(Make sure to check out TV Envy’s Programming Schedule.)

 

MONDAY (9/20)

Season premieres: Castle, Chase, Chuck, Dancing with the Stars, The Event, Hawaii Five-0, House, How I Met Your Mother, Lone Star, Mike & Molly, Rachael Ray, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.):  “In the sixth season opener, Ted runs into Cindy (Rachel Bilson), whom he dated briefly—and who is also the roommate of his future wife.” He heard from a little bird (a.k.a. Twitter) that she wasn’t with Hayden Christensen anymore.
  • Chuck (NBC, 8 p.m.):  “Season 4 opens with Chuck engaging in a sweeping quest to find his mother (Linda Hamilton), all while keeping the rogue mission a secret from his sister.” The only clue he has to work with is the fading Polaroid picture John Conner gave him.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9 p.m.):  “In the eighth-season opener, Charlie this it’s time to cut back on his drinking.” His judge He also thinks it would be smart to film a PSA.

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (9/20-9/26)


Family Guy Volume 8 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • American Dad (Volume 5)
  • Everwood (Season 3)
  • Family Guy (Volume 8)
  • Hawthorne (Season 1)
  • Here’s Lucy (Season 3)
  • Johnny Bravo (Season 1)
  • Leave It to Beaver (Season 3)
  • MacGyver: The TV Movies
  • My Three Sons (Season 2, Vol. 2)
  • Raffles (Complete Collection)
  • Sanctuary (Season 2)
  • Secret Life of the American Teenager (Season 4)
  • Trial & Retribution (Set 4)
  • X (Complete Series)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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Every once in a while, someone winds up with a little too much time on their hands—and you get to enjoy their efforts.

In this clip, 22 television theme songs are combined for a fun medley. Included are: , The Simpsons, The O.C., Naruto, Family Guy, Married with Children, Cheers, That ‘70s Show, Big Love, Freaks and Geeks, Malcolm in the Middle, The X-Files, Firefly, The Office, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Scrubs, True Blood, Charles in Charge, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mission Impossible and Friends.

Kudos to those who could name every tune in just two notes.

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CBS chose wisely when they picked their post-Super Bowl time slot winner. Outside of the sports competition on NBC, the action during the 9:00 time slot was clearly on CBS. New reality series Undercover Boss had the best viewers and demos of the night.

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Click to continue reading Sunday Ratings: Undercover Boss Jumps Over the Competition


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