Seth MacFarlane Planning Live-Action Comedy Series With ‘Ted’ Writers

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am,

Seth MacFarlane has become known for his animated comedies on Fox (Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show), but this past summer he dove into live-action filmmaking by directing, writing, producing and starring in Ted, a film so successful that Universal is planning a sequel.

Now MacFarlane is working on live-action TV comedy, as well. Fox has ordered a put-pilot (which means it will air no matter what) – with a series commitment penalty – that will reteam him with fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.

The Hollywood Reporter says the new series is a single-camera comedy that will follow two successful thirty-somethings whose lives are thrown into upheaval when both of their fathers are forced to move in with them. That sounds like standard network comedy fare, but with MacFarlane involved, the humor should be above what we’ve come to expect from a generic sitcom.

This isn’t the only new series MacFarlane is involved with at Fox. The animation master is also producing a series reboot of Carl Sagan’s documentary series Cosmos along with a new animated take on The Flintstones. The latter project is currently on hold at Fox, so there’s no telling when it might surface.

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Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) from the comedy film ‘Ted’

Frankly, the idea of something original from MacFarlane is more enticing, especially following his work on Ted. The summer comedy took familiar elements of family fantasy comedies from decades past and added adult humor and (thankfully) only a few Family Guy-esque moments.

Hopefully, this will be the kind of comedy MacFarlane brings to live-action TV as well. Come to think of it, perhaps Ted could even work as a live-action series.

Stay tuned for more details on MacFarlane’s untitled new series as they become available.


Source: THR

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  1. Seth McFarlane’s humor has definitely taken a dip in quality the past few years. Family Guy has lost its touch and I’ve always disliked the Cleveland Show. Ted was pretty freaking awesome, but I did have to shake my head in disappointment when that “Singers replaced every vowel with A” joke from It’s A Trap! was recycled into Ted.

    I’m a huge fan of McFarlane and appreciate his liking of showtunes, but there’s no doubt he needs to reassess his comedy a bit and get some new ideas (obviously, taking a break is now pretty much out of the question). Hopefully this ends up good because I do believe that McFarlane still has it in him.

    • I agree MacFarlane has lost his touch. Family Guy used to be funny, back when it focused more on Peter’s obsession with TV, and it poked fun at old TV shows and actors/actresses. I stopped watching after it began to dwell on politics and religion, belittling and stereotyping conservatives and those of faith. Never liked the Cleveland Show, as I thought it was unfunny from its inception. Had no interest in seeing Ted, as I had already lost interest in MacFarlane products, plus, it seemed like a rip-off of the TV show Wilfred. I’m a little perplexed that this guy is still producing things…

      • no he’s still really funny, all his shows are like south park, they make fun of all races and creeds…u cant get offended by it. Maybe you guys just got old on family guy.

      • After nosing around a bit on the internet, it seems like Ted and Wilfred both came about around the same time, so saying one copied the other doesn’t really hold up. To say they were both “inspired” by Harvey is more likely. Personally, I think McFarlane should start getting more involved in some musical stuff…I was stunned at how fantastic his singing voice is when he hosted SNL.

    • I think his best jokes are from American Dad nowadays, Roger just owns the show.

      • I love it. and to be correct Wilfred is was first n Australian TV series which aired from 2007 to 2010. The new US series is from the same people. Different actors/storyline.

        A live action dads and sons show? hmm.. seems interesting.

  2. Ted Sucks,Seth is a Hack,Nuff Said

    • Well failed, troll

  3. Him doing the Documentary series Cosmos is kind of out of left field. I’m interested to see his take on that one.

    And if they brought Ted to TV it would remind me of Alf, but with way different humour.

  4. I’ll watch it from the second it airs!!

  5. Geez, MacFarlane is everywhere now!
    …which is good news IMO because I thought Ted was hilarious, him hosting SNL was hilarious and Family Guy is hilarious.

    Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

  6. I’m a huge fan of MacFarlane and thought Ted was funny but with that said I have to agree with some people in which I think Seth has lost his touch a little. Family Guy has just gotten too predictable and not as funny as it was within the first couple of years. Now the show to me is just, well, eh. I never liked the Cleveland Show. If they do a Ted series I do think though it has the potential to be awesome but we shall see.

    • They’re not making a Ted tv show.

  7. Lmao! How do you reboot Carl Sagan’s Cosmos? It’s documentary about physics and time/space. Dated, yes but a reboot lol y? Haha, already it’s gonna be hilarious.

  8. You know what gets to me? People like Joss Whedon and J.J Abrams get tossed to the curb but Seth Macfarlene? He isn’t even that funny yet he has, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, The Flintstones reboot and now this?! Not to dig up old wounds but I get the feeling at Fox there’s this big tin marked “FIREFLY MONEY”

    • Yea, it’s amazing. A quality show like Firefly gets cancelled, and to date, no other network has shown any interest in reviving it, but the crap that MacFarlane drops out his back end gets financed and spread into multiple projects. That’s American TV for ya!

  9. Ur so amazing..looking forward to ur new show.ur 1 fine intelligent whitty sexy man.