'Family Guy' mastermind Seth MacFarlane gets his PaleyFest tribute
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*** Another weird tidbit: While working at Hanna Barbera, MacFarlane was apparently part of a proposed spinoff from "Johnny Bravo" to star Adam West. (Also? The longtime children's animation company was the initial one to pitch "Family Guy" to the FOX network.)
*** I think I was the only person there who wanted to hear more about "American Dad." And, indeed, the clip reel garnered bigger laughs for "The Cleveland Show." The indignity!
*** The event started awfully late, largely because a lengthy line of Paley newbies stretched from the will-call window far down the block. But the center didn't extend the event by a half hour after the delay, which was too bad.
*** If nothing else, the choice of clip before the show -- featuring Ann Marg-rock on "The Flintstones" -- proved that TV animation has come a long way from endlessly recycled stock animation.
*** "Family Guy" will make the leap to letterboxed format next season.
*** MacFarlane claims to have been drawing fairly accurate cartoon characters since the age of two. The Mozart of ribald, adult animation, apparently.
*** Another sign these were Paley newbs: They didn't even know to cheer for their favorite shows in the opening clips montage! What got responses? Well, Seth MacFarlane, of course, but "Dexter" and "Glee" did all right. Weirdly, the biggest response was given to the announcement that one of the show's media partners is LA rock station KROQ. OK.
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