Family Guy had a “what the hell?” moment when they killed offone of the most beloved characters, Brian the dog. It was a move that shocked viewers, especially because it was done in a pretty graphic way, and they even “treated” us to a shot of Brian’s mangled and blodied body. Well, good news everyone, they brought him back. Were they always planning to bring him back? Seth MacFarlane tweeted this:
I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be fucking high.
I admit, I laughed out loud, and I’m not even a fan of Mr. MacFarlane. The death seemed so permanent though — they got a dog to replace him who even took his spot in the opening credits.
I’m glad Brian’s back and I don’t even watch the show regularly. Maybe they’ll bring the jokes with him. Because the show could use some good jokes. Not that bullshit, “that reminds me of the time I went gokart racing with Bea Arthur in the early ’80s” kind of joke they’re so fond of.
Are you guys relieved he’s back? Honestly, I hate when cartoons get “too real.” Weirds me out.
The peeps over at Family Guy aren’t playing around when it comes to getting their Emmy nomination this year. The guys over there have put together a “for your consideration” packet that, in addition to being hilarious, is pretty unforgettable.
Along with a Precious-themed card (seen above), the packet they sent out to Emmy voters included these other hilarious taglines and endorsements:
Family Guy – written by 8 WASPS, 6 Jews, 2 Asian and 1 Gay.
We peaked 3 years ago, so by your logic we should get an Emmy now
You have to vote for us — we did a holocaust episode
Family Guy with Tina Fey… Not really, we just want an Emmy
Ha! “We peaked 3 years ago, so by your logic we should get an Emmy now.” Too true. Let’s hope they get their wish.
“I thought the line ‘I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska’ was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”. In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.”
- Andrea Fay Friedman, the actress with down syndrome whose voice was featured on last week’s family guy in an email to the New York Times. Andrea sent this after Bristol Palin made a public statment about howhurtful she found the episode to be.
Did you guys catch the last episode of Family Guy? If not, check out the clip above. It’s a scene where Chris goes on a date with a mentally retarded girl, who uhhhh, kinda sorta happens to be the daughter of a former Alaskan governor? While Sarah Palin’s name is never mentioned, an animated retarded girl claiming that her mother is a former Alaskan governor is a pretty clear jab.
The subject of Sarah’s son Trig’s downs syndrome has been in the newsquite a bit. It’s unfortunate that Sarah Palin is so disliked, and I say that only because her mentally handicapped child is a target of meanies and people with grade-school senses of humor. Don’t get me wrong, I hate that woman too, but as if we really needed to give people another reason to use the word “retarded” as a pejorative, right? I can’t say I’m guilt-free, I occasionally use the word myself (I blame my suburban Massachusetts upbringing, sad to say. I heard the words “wicked retarded” far too many times as a youngster), but I know it’s wrong and feel incredible guilt when I do use the word. Normally I think Family Guy can be pretty spot-on with their topical humor (or at least gut-bustingly funny in a slightly cheap way), but this feels like it’s going a bit too far and perhaps pandering to the wrong audience. What do you think?
I already knew that the people over at Microsoft were idiots. That fact has been confirmed to me every single time that I’ve powered up my Vista-platform PC. One day, after Vista/Internet Explorer had me trying to fashion a noose with my power cord, I smartened up and went Mac. But that isn’t really the point. The point is that the people at Microsoft are idiots.
The software company committed to single-handedly sponsoring a Family Guy special due to air on November 8th. Apparently, they just heard the title of the show and thought that it was a modern-day, souped up spinoff of the Waltons. They didn’t know about the tampon references or incest jokes. Microsoft doesn’t approve of Holocaust humor. Now they’ve pulled their support with proclamations that the show “was not a fit with the Windows brand.” And if Microsoft doesn’t think that Vista and the Holocaust have a few common elements, they’re kidding themselves.
Lauren Conrad may be done filming The Hills, but she’s not ready to leave TV entirely. She just filmed a guest spot for Family Guy — playing herself, per usual, except this time it turns out she’s a genius! Hey, at least she’s not pulling an Audrina and trying to get into acting or pulling a Heidi and releasing crappy singles — LC knows what she’s good at, and she’s stickin’ to that. There’s some credit due there.
Lauren says of her Guy gig, “The idea in the episode is that they make fun of me for being dumb and then discover that I’m actually a genius, and that [Lauren Conrad is] kind of a character I play [on TV], because America likes dumb people.”
And how did L.C. handle the challenges of playing a cartoon genius?
She says, “I hired an acting coach just for the day because a lot of the lines later on in the episode are very complicated. I’m talking a lot about history and theorems and conductors, and there’s a lot of facts and a lot of big words, and I had to say it as if it was coming to me very easily, so I had to learn the lines ahead of time rather than just reading them. I actually had to research some of them because the acting coach told me that if I really understood what I was talking about, it would come through a little more true.”
What do you think, America? Do you like dumb people?