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7. Can Seth McFarlane convince audiences to come see his wildly expensive foul-talking Teddy Bear movie?
These days, Seth McFarlane is one of the most reliable cash cows in the world of television, and it appears that all he needs to do is create a series in which cartoons do dirty things then step back and watch the waves of money roll in. But it's easy to forget that McFarlane's first time at bat with "Family Guy," it didn't work and was actually canceled. Right now, he's hard at work on "Ted," a comedy about Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear that is also supposed to be wildly filthy. The concept should sound familiar to anyone who watched "Wilfred" on FX last year, and certainly the idea of cute things talking dirty is not particularly new. The real question about the movie is can McFarlane create a movie that really works on its own terms and that audiences want to see, or is it going to be an expensive misstep? Universal's betting big on this, and while I admire their taste and the risks they take, that's a studio that absolutely needs a hit right now, and they're praying McFarlane is the one to give it to them.