There are four popular opinions when it comes to Seth MacFarlane: 1) “Family Guy is the greatest show in the world, now let me tell you a joke about this blind black gay dude getting pounded by a female rabbi,” 2) “MacFarlane and all of his shows and movie, Ted, are racist, unfunny, misogynist pieces of crap,” 3) “Yeah, MacFarlane’s shows are kind of lazy and he pretty much sucks, but if not for him, American Dad! wouldn’t have been greenlight, and the world would be a worse place without Roger and Steve,” and 4) “The hell is a Cleveland Show?”
I’m in the third camp, so the news that MacFarlane is getting another Fox show doesn’t make me want to take my Big Wheels to Hollywood to slap the guy, Cartman-style, even if the premise couldn’t sound worse.
The trio behind Ted, the biggest comedy hit of last summer, are headed to Fox’s 2013-14 schedule. In an unusual move, I hear Fox has opted to go straight to series on the multi-camera live-action comedy written/executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and executive produced by Ted co-writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane about two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. The decision was made based on the pilot script, which I hear the network brass loved. This is the second scripted series set for next season, along with NBC’s comedy starring Michael J. Fox, which has 22-epsiode straight-to-series order. (Via)
Needs more talking animals. Someone everyone loves, though, is Bill Lawrence, who will produce friend-of-UPROXX Justin Halpern’s Sh*t-less second show, Fox’s I Suck at Girls, based on the book of the same name.
Single-camera I Suck At Girls, from Bill Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros. TV, already had rich pilot production commitment and had been given permission to start casting. Based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck At Girls, the follow-up to his bestseller Sh*t My Dad Says that was based on his popular Twitter feed, the half-hour comedy tells the story of a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google. Halpern wrote with his TV writing partner Patrick Schumacker, with Lawrence supervising. (Via)
If MacFarlane’s Steve were to sing “Poison” while Lawrence’s Turk dances, my head would explode from joy.