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2012-12-15 03:31:59 PM
Wow, CNN actually printed "shiat" (spelled correctly). 
 
2012-12-15 03:36:56 PM
"Boy, that reminds me of the time Seth McFarlane hosted the Oscars..."
 
2012-12-15 04:25:10 PM
"Ted" was about a kid who retains a childhood fantasy into adulthood, and I thought it was about Mila Kunis.
 
2012-12-15 04:28:55 PM
If he does the cosmos remake properly, he will be legendary in my mind.
 
2012-12-15 04:31:43 PM
FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them. 

That's a grounded response and I like how he found the South Park episode funny.

Interesting point on Matt/Trey that it's some unwarranted projection, unrelated to a personal conflict.
 
2012-12-15 04:35:13 PM
"hosting the Oscar"

Which one? Who is hosting the others?
 
2012-12-15 04:49:49 PM

zvoidx: FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them. 

That's a grounded response and I like how he found the South Park episode funny.

Interesting point on Matt/Trey that it's some unwarranted projection, unrelated to a personal conflict.


He's always been clear about the cutaway gags. They're random, written first and then squeezed into shows, and a strategy to keep the laughs going when a scene has a slow start/end.
 
2012-12-15 04:58:34 PM

CPT Ethanolic: If he does the cosmos remake properly, he will be legendary in my mind.


Mountain Dew is the best soda ever made.
 
2012-12-15 05:09:45 PM
I like Seth, I think he's a charming and talented guy who is well deserving of opportunities he's gotten to host comedy roasts and now the Oscars.

But Family Guy is a show I haven't cared about in the last few years. It just feels weak and slapped together these days. Compare anything from the first three to four seasons to their current stuff, and it's very clear when they felt they found a formula and started resting on their laurels. The fact that he followed it with two other cartoons and a movie that are almost exactly the same as Family Guy just furthers the dissonance and disinterest through over-saturation and diluting of the product. The short end of it, I've grown tired of eating McFarlane Cartoons every day and it's no longer to my taste.

But I wish him all the best, and hope someday he might produce something that will get my interest again.
 
2012-12-15 05:15:58 PM
"Ennui" subby? Really?
 
2012-12-15 05:27:02 PM

downstairs: Wow, CNN actually printed "shiat"


Yes. That's what they do best.
 
2012-12-15 05:47:34 PM
He cites Billy Crystal as a successful Oscars host. That does not bode well for this year's Oscars.
 
2012-12-15 05:47:41 PM

PeterBeck: I like Seth, I think he's a charming and talented guy who is well deserving of opportunities he's gotten to host comedy roasts and now the Oscars.

But Family Guy is a show I haven't cared about in the last few years. It just feels weak and slapped together these days. Compare anything from the first three to four seasons to their current stuff, and it's very clear when they felt they found a formula and started resting on their laurels. The fact that he followed it with two other cartoons and a movie that are almost exactly the same as Family Guy just furthers the dissonance and disinterest through over-saturation and diluting of the product. The short end of it, I've grown tired of eating McFarlane Cartoons every day and it's no longer to my taste.

But I wish him all the best, and hope someday he might produce something that will get my interest again.


american dad is not really that similar to family guy.
 
2012-12-15 06:28:50 PM

Smackledorfer: PeterBeck: I like Seth, I think he's a charming and talented guy who is well deserving of opportunities he's gotten to host comedy roasts and now the Oscars.

But Family Guy is a show I haven't cared about in the last few years. It just feels weak and slapped together these days. Compare anything from the first three to four seasons to their current stuff, and it's very clear when they felt they found a formula and started resting on their laurels. The fact that he followed it with two other cartoons and a movie that are almost exactly the same as Family Guy just furthers the dissonance and disinterest through over-saturation and diluting of the product. The short end of it, I've grown tired of eating McFarlane Cartoons every day and it's no longer to my taste.

But I wish him all the best, and hope someday he might produce something that will get my interest again.

american dad is not really that similar to family guy.


I'm tired of both of them, to be honest. It seems they've come to a point where there's absolutely no consequences for anyone's actions and any continuity (what little there was to begin with) is completely gone.

Bob's Burgers is 10X funnier than anything else in that Sunday block, imo.
 
2012-12-15 06:43:21 PM
"Being Seth MacFarlane".

Starring Seth MacFarlane. Co-Produced by ..Seth MacFarlane.. Hosted..By Seth Macfarlane.
 
2012-12-15 06:47:55 PM
FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them.

You see, Seth, when your show first came on and was struggling in the ratings, nerds loved it. Then, after it got cancelled, they rallied to get it back on the air. But then, something happened. OTHER PEOPLE found out about it and thought it was funny. After that, it wasn't their special little secret, and the nerds turned on you. Don't sweat it. It happens to most actors, comedians, and musicians who break out of cult fame and have any type of mainstream success.
 
2012-12-15 06:53:59 PM

stoli n coke: FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them.

You see, Seth, when your show first came on and was struggling in the ratings, nerds loved it. Then, after it got cancelled, they rallied to get it back on the air. But then, something happened. OTHER PEOPLE found out about it and thought it was funny. After that, it wasn't their special little secret, and the nerds turned on you. Don't sweat it. It happens to most actors, comedians, and musicians who break out of cult fame and have any type of mainstream success.


No, actually, it was because Matt and Trey were sick of SP being constantly lumped together with FG, even in a complimentary way, just because both shows are animated. They explain this in the DVD commentary, and there's a clue to this in Cartman's "Don't you ever accuse me of liking Family Guy" speech.
 
2012-12-15 06:57:08 PM

stoli n coke:  Don't sweat it. It happens to most actors, comedians, and musicians who break out of cult fame and have any type of mainstream success.


I'm not saying it applies to Seth McFarlane, but in reality the majority of actors, comedians, and musicians that gain mainstream success do it by dumbing down their product to appeal to a larger audience, often losing some of their most die-hard fans in the process. See Metallica, The Black Eyed Peas, Eddie Murphy....
 
2012-12-15 06:57:12 PM
Since the flow of the Oscars telecast will be interrupted or stopped cold by unfunny skits, musical numbers that go on too long or tributes, Seth is then the perfect host for the Oscars. I'll bet all my pocket money that the Oscars will have a really awful skit involving at least one of MacFarlane's characters, maybe it will be the entire opening skit.

Since Zero Dark Thirty will probably dominate the awards anyways the producers of the Oscars should really shave time off the telecast.
 
2012-12-15 07:01:02 PM

skinink: Since the flow of the Oscars telecast will be interrupted or stopped cold by unfunny skits, musical numbers that go on too long or tributes, Seth is then the perfect host for the Oscars. I'll bet all my pocket money that the Oscars will have a really awful skit involving at least one of MacFarlane's characters, maybe it will be the entire opening skit.

Since Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln will probably dominate the awards anyways the producers of the Oscars should really shave time off the telecast.


FTFY
 
2012-12-15 07:06:59 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: stoli n coke: FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them.

You see, Seth, when your show first came on and was struggling in the ratings, nerds loved it. Then, after it got cancelled, they rallied to get it back on the air. But then, something happened. OTHER PEOPLE found out about it and thought it was funny. After that, it wasn't their special little secret, and the nerds turned on you. Don't sweat it. It happens to most actors, comedians, and musicians who break out of cult fame and have any type of mainstream success.

No, actually, it was because Matt and Trey were sick of SP being constantly lumped together with FG, even in a complimentary way, just because both shows are animated. They explain this in the DVD commentary, and there's a clue to this in Cartman's "Don't you ever accuse me of liking Family Guy" speech.


Personal venom about the show's creator seems like a bit of an over-reaction to being erroneously lumped together.
 
2012-12-15 07:09:32 PM

scamp-dun-emer: B.L.Z. Bub: stoli n coke: FTA:I thought the "South Park" episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don't understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it's not in the context of a joke. That's a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It'd be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don't know them.

You see, Seth, when your show first came on and was struggling in the ratings, nerds loved it. Then, after it got cancelled, they rallied to get it back on the air. But then, something happened. OTHER PEOPLE found out about it and thought it was funny. After that, it wasn't their special little secret, and the nerds turned on you. Don't sweat it. It happens to most actors, comedians, and musicians who break out of cult fame and have any type of mainstream success.

No, actually, it was because Matt and Trey were sick of SP being constantly lumped together with FG, even in a complimentary way, just because both shows are animated. They explain this in the DVD commentary, and there's a clue to this in Cartman's "Don't you ever accuse me of liking Family Guy" speech.

Personal venom about the show's creator seems like a bit of an over-reaction to being erroneously lumped together.


Well, I'll need a citation of them expressing hatred of MacFarlane personally, as opposed to just his show.
 
2012-12-15 07:36:10 PM
Begin by saying Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ten times fast, because best in all categories sound about right.
 
2012-12-15 07:57:13 PM

Somaticasual: "Being Seth MacFarlane".

Starring Seth MacFarlane. Co-Produced by ..Seth MacFarlane.. Hosted..By Seth Macfarlane.


Written by Tyler Perry.
 
2012-12-15 08:03:41 PM

NathanAllen: Begin by saying Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ten times fast, because best in all categories sound about right.


That film was released in 2011, and was nominated for three Oscars last year.
 
2012-12-15 08:03:52 PM

fusillade762: Smackledorfer: PeterBeck: I like Seth, I think he's a charming and talented guy who is well deserving of opportunities he's gotten to host comedy roasts and now the Oscars.

But Family Guy is a show I haven't cared about in the last few years. It just feels weak and slapped together these days. Compare anything from the first three to four seasons to their current stuff, and it's very clear when they felt they found a formula and started resting on their laurels. The fact that he followed it with two other cartoons and a movie that are almost exactly the same as Family Guy just furthers the dissonance and disinterest through over-saturation and diluting of the product. The short end of it, I've grown tired of eating McFarlane Cartoons every day and it's no longer to my taste.

But I wish him all the best, and hope someday he might produce something that will get my interest again.

american dad is not really that similar to family guy.

I'm tired of both of them, to be honest. It seems they've come to a point where there's absolutely no consequences for anyone's actions and any continuity (what little there was to begin with) is completely gone.

Bob's Burgers is 10X funnier than anything else in that Sunday block, imo.


I'm an Archer fan. However, it took me a long time to hear H Jon Benjamins voice and NOT think of Carl (or Yoda) from Family Guy.

I'm not sure I can handle him doing the same voice on another show. Is it worth it?
 
2012-12-15 08:07:56 PM
How many kids have to be shot and killed for Fox to pull this weeks Family Guy?

If you said twenty, You Win!
 
2012-12-15 08:11:01 PM

LandOfChocolate: Bob's Burgers is 10X funnier than anything else in that Sunday block, imo.

I'm an Archer fan. However, it took me a long time to hear H Jon Benjamins voice and NOT think of Carl (or Yoda) from Family Guy.

I'm not sure I can handle him doing the same voice on another show. Is it worth it?


Yes. It's so very different in style and tone from Archer (though I hear a crossover is actually in the works, if you can believe it).

The first season is streaming on Netflix. Check it out. What have you got to lose?
 
2012-12-15 08:34:01 PM
He's a POS, pandering to people that like vulgar humor.

The Oscars are gonna suck this year and he is going to embarrass himself in a major way.

FOX needs to bring back 'N. Dynomite'.
 
2012-12-15 08:38:26 PM

LandOfChocolate: fusillade762: Smackledorfer: PeterBeck: I like Seth, I think he's a charming and talented guy who is well deserving of opportunities he's gotten to host comedy roasts and now the Oscars.

But Family Guy is a show I haven't cared about in the last few years. It just feels weak and slapped together these days. Compare anything from the first three to four seasons to their current stuff, and it's very clear when they felt they found a formula and started resting on their laurels. The fact that he followed it with two other cartoons and a movie that are almost exactly the same as Family Guy just furthers the dissonance and disinterest through over-saturation and diluting of the product. The short end of it, I've grown tired of eating McFarlane Cartoons every day and it's no longer to my taste.

But I wish him all the best, and hope someday he might produce something that will get my interest again.

american dad is not really that similar to family guy.

I'm tired of both of them, to be honest. It seems they've come to a point where there's absolutely no consequences for anyone's actions and any continuity (what little there was to begin with) is completely gone.

Bob's Burgers is 10X funnier than anything else in that Sunday block, imo.

I'm an Archer fan. However, it took me a long time to hear H Jon Benjamins voice and NOT think of Carl (or Yoda) from Family Guy.

I'm not sure I can handle him doing the same voice on another show. Is it worth it?


I never could get into Bob's Burgers, and I watched all the episodes available on Netflix. Archer, however, is pure awesome.
 
2012-12-15 09:41:03 PM
I don't think Bob's Burgers really broke out until they started developing the kid's characters this year. The kids get all the best lines.
 
2012-12-15 10:08:28 PM
I'm gonna leave this here.

Link
 
2012-12-15 10:37:33 PM
I've barely taken a glance at Bob's Burgers. Why do all the family members (except the fat kid) have freakishly long turtle necks? It's so disturbing. Is this considered normal in the show's world, like The Simpsons' yellow skin, or are they actually supposed to be freaks?
 
2012-12-15 10:51:33 PM
"Let's take stuff that's like, you know,supposed to be sacrosanct or normal or innocent and make them do dope and swear a lot and be violent and reprehensible because that's so EDGY and outrageous and sh*t. F*ck, piss, gunfire, vomit, snot! but they're just CARTOONS, see? Get it?" Yeah, boy, that never gets old. Sure, it's played out and requires the imagination of a 9 year old, but, "woo", man, what do you suppose Peter Griffin will do THIS week? Meh.
 
2012-12-15 11:42:58 PM
If you like Bob's Burgers, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Archer, on the other hand, is the win.
 
2012-12-15 11:44:42 PM

BullBearMS: I don't think Bob's Burgers really broke out until they started developing the kid's characters this year. The kids get all the best lines.


I agree. I think the most interesting thing about the show is how it explores a young persons sexual development in a pretty brave way. Tina's complicated relationship with zombies comes to mind.

Jon Benjamin is the king of awesome and I never realized he was the voice of Carl on family guy until this thread.
 
2012-12-16 12:26:15 AM
Anyone else find Seth McFarlane strangely attractive but also have an urge to punch him in the face?
 
2012-12-16 12:29:22 AM
He also shows up on Venture Brothers about once a season.
 
2012-12-16 02:17:33 AM

Not_Todd: He also shows up on Venture Brothers about once a season.


Does he? As a reoccurring character? Who? Tell me!
 
2012-12-16 02:18:50 AM
I think he's called "The Master". He's some mystical mentor of Rusty's neighbor. Appears in a different guise every time.
 
2012-12-16 03:17:20 AM

FitzShivering: If you like Bob's Burgers, there is something seriously wrong with you.


Please, tell us what TV shows you enjoy so we may mock your mental state.
 
2012-12-16 05:21:47 AM

Not_Todd: I think he's called "The Master". He's some mystical mentor of Rusty's neighbor. Appears in a different guise every time.


no, that would be the talented H. John Benjamin.

thanks for playing tho.

/merv, tell him what he might have won.
 
2012-12-16 05:24:07 AM

buttery_shame_cave: Not_Todd: I think he's called "The Master". He's some mystical mentor of Rusty's neighbor. Appears in a different guise every time.

no, that would be the talented H. John Benjamin.

thanks for playing tho.

/merv, tell him what he might have won.


Yes, that's who they were talking about. Thanks for playing, though.
 
2012-12-16 06:19:18 AM
I don't care for Pottery Barn or Seth McFarlane. And what was the deal with Spawn: the movie?
 
2012-12-16 07:44:55 AM
His answers in this interview are exactly the reason I think he'll be an awesome Oscars host. Summary: He understands what the host is supposed to do, unlike so many in the recent past.

And yes, Billy Crystal was an almost perfect Oscars host.
 
2012-12-16 07:48:52 AM
I don't watch the Oscars, but if you said "Hey, the Oscars are on and Billy Crystal is hosting" I would definitely not want to watch it. Wasn't he funny sometime in the 80s?
 
2012-12-16 08:59:16 AM

The Downfall: skinink: Since the flow of the Oscars telecast will be interrupted or stopped cold by unfunny skits, musical numbers that go on too long or tributes, Seth is then the perfect host for the Oscars. I'll bet all my pocket money that the Oscars will have a really awful skit involving at least one of MacFarlane's characters, maybe it will be the entire opening skit.

Since Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln will probably dominate the awards anyways the producers of the Oscars should really shave time off the telecast.

FTFY


No, you didn't fix shiat. DDL is the frontrunner for Best Actor in Lincoln, but he's already won twice and Hugh Jackman has a good shot at stealing it for his performance in Les Miz. Otherwise Lincoln won't sniff another major award.
 
2012-12-16 09:55:37 AM
Family guy is still ok.
American dad is good.
Bobs burgers is great.

/Bumper to bumper.
 
2012-12-16 03:02:03 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: buttery_shame_cave: Not_Todd: I think he's called "The Master". He's some mystical mentor of Rusty's neighbor. Appears in a different guise every time.

no, that would be the talented H. John Benjamin.

thanks for playing tho.

/merv, tell him what he might have won.

Yes, that's who they were talking about. Thanks for playing, though.


THEY were talking about seth mcfarlane. other people upthread were discussing h john benjamin.

thanks for the effort. silver star.
 
2012-12-16 04:03:30 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I don't watch the Oscars, but if you said "Hey, the Oscars are on and Billy Crystal is hosting" I would definitely not want to watch it. Wasn't he funny sometime in the 80s?


You're so hip and edgy.
 
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