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Seth MacFarlane preps Comedy Central grill for Charlie Sheen roast

'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane will host 'The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen'

Third time's the harm.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who has been the roast master for the past two Comedy Central celebrity roasts, will take on those duties again for the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen."

The event, which will tape Sept. 10, will air Sept. 19. The special will air on the same night as the season premiere of "Two And a Half Men," the CBS comedy that ousted Sheen as a series of public flareups with producers and drug-related incidents.

"I'm very excited to be working with Comedy Central again on the roast," said MacFarlane, who will be the only three-time returning roast master for the network. "Charlie is a true icon with a talent that is strong and pure and concentrated into small crystals that can be smoked or eaten."

MacFarlane was the roast master for the roasts of David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump.

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— Greg Braxton

Photo: Seth MacFarlane. Credit: Ann Johansson / For The Times.

Fox to remake 'The Flintstones'

Seth   "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane wants to take a shot at reinventing the Hanna-Barbera classic and will oversee a new version of "The Flintstones" set to premiere in 2013.

Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly broke the news during the network's presentation of its fall schedule to advertisers.

MacFarlane said in a taped piece to advertisers that he would likely do some of the voices, as he does on his other shows.

-- Joe Flint 

Photo: Seth MacFarlane at the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump on March 9, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.

TV This Week for May 1st – 7th

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This week's TV Movies


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SUNDAY

Weatherman says a hurricane’s a-comin’, a storm so big it’s gonna make a three-series crossover appearance and wreak rainy havoc on the animated sitcoms “The Cleveland Show,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” (Fox, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m.)

NYPD detectives Goren and Eames (Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe) are back on the case as the police procedural “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” returns for its final episodes, followed by the season premiere of the witness-protection drama “In Plain Sight.” (USA, 9 and 10 p.m.)

MONDAY

Old rockers never die, they just fade away … or not. Rick Springfield guest stars on the action-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” and Gene Simmons of KISS fame puts in a cameo on an L.A.-set episode of the mystery-drama “Castle.” (CBS, 10 p.m.; ABC, 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY

The age-old conflict between faith and reason is illuminated when Rachel Weisz portrays 4th century philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria in director Alejandro Amenábar’s sweeping 2009 historical drama “Agora.” (TMC, 8 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

The new documentary special “Custer’s Last Man: I Survived Little Big Horn” tells the tale of the purported sole survivor of that fateful frontier-era encounter between the U.S. cavalry and a combined force of Native American warriors. (History, 9 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Two words: Paintball. OK, that’s actually one compound word, but it was also the subject of a singularly epic episode of “Community” last season. The college-themed sitcom tries to top that outing in a two-part sophomore-season finale. (NBC, 8 p.m.) 

FRIDAY

The future is uncertain on the season finale of “Fringe” — but not for the show itself, which has been renewed. If you haven’t been watching this super-smart sci-fi drama, spend the summer getting caught up so you’ll be ready when it returns. (Fox, 9 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Lights, camera, and lots of action! Michael Cera takes all comers in 2010’s super-fun “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and Angelina Jolie (above) proves she’s worth her “Salt” in the just-go-with-it 2010 thriller. (HBO, 7 p.m. and midnight; Starz, 9 p.m.)

Photo credit: Andrew Schwartz / Columbia Pictures

COMIC-CON 2010: Seth MacFarlane does 'Family Guy' live

It was "Family Guy" live Saturday morning at Comic-Con, as creator Seth MacFarlane, in character as the emblematic Stewie, tore into a rapid-fire performance of his original song "Down Syndrome Girl," a paean to the character that famously offended Sarah Palin.

"I have a sinus thing going on," MacFarlane apologized after the wild applause had died down. "It could've been better."

The fierce reaction of the Palin crowd seems to have emboldened the gleefully offensive MacFarlane & Co. to bring back the Down Syndrome Girl character this season. As panelist Patrick Warburton, who voices cop Joe Swanson on the show, said understatedly: "A lot of the show is not very Christian, and I think we're all going to hell."

The producers began the panel by previewing nine minutes of "It's a Trap," the new "Family Guy" DVD parody of "Star Wars," which has become a profitable sidelight for the series. The clip started with Stewie, dressed as Darth Vader, emerging from a spaceship and complaining: "We're in a galaxy far, far away, and we still have to change in Atlanta?" Needless to say, the preview drew a warm reception from the crowd. 

MacFarlane told the audience that the creators may start a separate DVD series spoofing "Indiana Jones," but that might take a while. "We're gonna take a little break," he said.

MacFarlane also tossed out a few very mild spoilers for the upcoming Season 9. Among them: Stewie treks to the North Pole to try to kill Santa Claus. And Lois, the matriarch of the Griffin clan, has a porno past.

Alex Borstein, who voices the role, explained: "I'm a Method actor, so that one hurt."

--Scott Collins
(Twitter/@scottcollinsLAT)

Seth MacFarlane will lead David Hasselhoff Roast

Seth MacFarlane, the force behind "Family Guy," has been named Roast Master of Comedy Central's upcoming roast of David Hasselhoff, leading an all-star roster that includes Pamela Anderson and Jerry Springer.

The roast of the "Baywatch" and "America's Got Talent" star will air Aug. 15.

Other roasters who are expected to unleash their comedic venom on Hasselhoff include George Hamilton, Hulk Hogan, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli and Jeffrey Ross.

Previous "roastees" have included Anderson, William Shatner, Joan Rivers, Bob Sagat and Larry the Cable Guy.


-- Greg Braxton


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