Seth MacFarlane

Nat Geo & Fox bring back Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos

Fox and National Geographic have announced that they will bring back Emmy Award-winning series Cosmos, after a successful series in 2014. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a new 13-part series and will premiere globally in Spring 2019. The title which hails from executive producer, writer, director and creator Ann Druyan with executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and […]

Fox order Seth MacFarlane comedy drama

US broadcaster Fox has ordered a 13-episode live-action comedy-drama from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The series, currently untitled, is set for the 2017-18 season and will be set 300 years in the future following the motley crew of a “not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet”. 20th Century Fox Television will produce, with MacFarlane […]

LA Screenings 2015: Puppet masters

Muppets, medics and movie characters will be filling US network schedules over the next year. Jesse Whittock examines the trends, and what this means for buyers at the LA Screenings Over the next US broadcast season, audiences will finally learn the backstory of the Muppets. They will also be introduced to the latest contenders vying […]

BBC loses Family Guy to rival ITV

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has swiped free TV rights to Fox animated comedy Family Guy from pubcaster the BBC. Under a multi-year pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Seth MacFarlane-created series Family Guy (pictured), American Dad, The Cleveland Show and new series Bordertown will go out on comedy and young adult-skewed ITV2. The deal […]

Simpsons co-creator Simon dies at 59

Sam Simon, co-creator of Fox’s hit The Simpsons, has passed away aged 59. The award-winning producer had been battling colon cancer, and died on Sunday, his agent said. Simon created animated series The Simpsons (pictured), which follows a dysfunctional mid-American family, with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. The show has been on air since […]

Watch this space

Almost 60 years after the Americans and Russians battled for supremacy of the stars, two new reality TV formats are engaged in their own space race, while more broadly factual space programming is becoming hot property with Nat Geo set to launch its Cosmos reboot on Sunday (March 8). Huw Fullerton reports. Who will win […]

Major international lift-off for Fox’s Cosmos

Fox plans to give a day-and-date launch to its upcoming factual series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in more than 200 territories. The 13-part series, which counts Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as an exec producer, will premiere on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 territories and on 120 Fox International Channels-branded networks in 125 […]

Fox orders new toon series from Family Guy team

US broadcast network Fox has ordered Bordertown, a new animated series from Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann. The comedy series follows two families living in the titular fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S.-Mexico border. The father of one family is a Border Patrol Agent and the other industrious Mexican immigrant, setting up […]

Nat Geo preps reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

National Geographic Channels International will launch a modernised version of iconic space series Cosmos across its 170 channels in 2014. The series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will air on Fox and Nat Geo in the US next spring. Both are owned by News Corp. The show will be a reboot of the classic thirteen-part space […]

Gavin & Stacey US remake among Fox pick-ups

The Sony Pictures Television-produced remake of BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey is among five comedies US broadcast network Fox has picked up ahead of next week’s Upfronts. Four dramas have also been ordered. Us & Them, which is based on the popular BBC3 show about a couple that fall in love despite living on different […]