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Old 13-02-2007, 13:33   #1
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Seth McFarlane: The Winner new live action sitcom

Saw a very brief promo for this during 24 last night. My ears pricked up when I heard "From the creators of Family Guy"...

Checked out Fox's website today and found this:

The Winner

Can Seth make the transition from animation to live action considering its his voice that lends so much to the characters he creates??

We shall find out in March!!
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Old 13-02-2007, 13:44   #2
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Rob Corddry
Seth McFarlane
What could possibly be bad about it?
Oh yeah, it's on Fox. It'll be gone after 4 episiodes then!

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Old 13-02-2007, 15:21   #3
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let's not forget the **** poor effort from Parker & Stone that was "That's My Bush"
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Old 13-02-2007, 15:23   #4
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TBF there was one really funny episode of TMB
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Old 13-02-2007, 15:40   #5
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But how in a live sitcom will the main character have a flashback when something reminds him of "that time that (insert manatee joke here)".
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Old 13-02-2007, 16:31   #6
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Well the whole thing's a flashback so that's that covered! (give those manatees a bonus!)
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let's not forget the **** poor effort from Parker & Stone that was "That's My Bush"
That statement would be so true if it wasn't so completely wrong.
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Old 14-02-2007, 00:44   #8
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Very interesting... I won't judge until I've seen a few episodes though. I find that sitcoms can go either way, even when the idea or cast is very good.

And it looks like it's going to use that 'narrated style' of story telling, like in My Name Is Earl or The Wonder Years.
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Ok... we've had the 1st 2 episodes. Just noticed that Fox is airing all 6 episodes over 3 weeks in the 2 episodes back to back format following family guy each sunday. I wondered why they were doing this rather than a 6 week run. Then I watched it.

I have to say that it left me bitterly disappointed. I suppose partly I was hoping for a live-action family guy type thing but what I got was a pretty much run-of-the-mill, play-by-numbers sit-com.

The show has one major massive flaw and thats the lousy laughter track ALL the way through. Even the mere hint of a funny comment creates whoops and cheers from the 'virtual' audience. It's annoying more than anything else.

I like the relationship between the guy and the kid. A 32 year old man and a 14 year old kid finding common ground between them because they're both realising who they are in the world can have it's moments.

It's not rubbish. It's just not that good.

I expected a lot more from McFarlane. Fair enough, he's not the creator or one of the writers but crikey, i expected something a whole lot better from his stable.

Anyone else manage to catch this yet?
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I watched the pilot and quite enjoyed it. The laughter-track grated, of course, but I like Rob Corddry is good and there were quite a few unexpectedly near-the-knuckle jokes. I wonder if Corddry was cast on the basis of playing a sex offender in Curb?
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So if Seth McFarlane is an exec. producer on this... what does he actually contribute?
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According to Wikipedia:

"Executive producer is a major role in the entertainment industry that is rather ambiguous and often difficult to define clearly. Executive producers vary in involvement, responsibility and power. Some executive producers have hands-on control over every aspect of production, some supervise the producers of a project, while others are involved in name only."

Hope that makes it clearer
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Ricky Gervais (EP of the American Office) just reads each script, laughs at it and then errr... that's it

I watched it, couldn't stand the laughter track, it's not bad as a show, isn't it just a different tangent as two and a half men though (almost?).
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Generally exec. producer is just a token title usually given to people in the show to make them feel important, but I thought he must be doing at least something to earn that pay-cheque. Maybe he's a "humour consultant"

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I got excited when I saw that they've got the full episodes up online - of course, in typical US television website style, you can't view them from outside the country. A bit of a shame to hear that it's just an average sit-com though, was hoping for something more. Maybe it'll find it's groove over time.
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Yes because Fox are well known for letting a series run to find it's audience!!!
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After watching the 2nd episode... I'm getting hopeful that it may find its feet. I found the 2nd episode massively more watchable and I may be wrong but they might actually have a real audience. I dont know why but the laughs just sounded different.

I'm sure the set for hot girls house has changed too but I could be wrong.
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Yes because Fox are well known for letting a series run to find it's audience!!!
Lol, that's true. Although it's not just Fox these days - US television is a cutthroat world. If you've not got the ratings, you're not on the air. They'll be cancelling shows during the commercial break soon.
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I loved it personally speaking, it was more interesting than a lot of sitcoms, not that that's saying much. I thought the first was better than the second but both were good basically.
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I like it for the same reasons I liked Thats My Bush.. it takes on the form of appearing to be a run of the mill sitcom, but underneath lurks something different. I love the moments of offensivity snuck in, and the laugh track only makes it work more to me (probably because in my brain I refer it slightly to those two Jam sketches that they put a laugh track on the dvd, making them go from "dark sketches" to "obsolutely obscene"). The whole thing is just odd, and for that I like it.

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