It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV, but where are those good old-fashioned values on which we used to rely? Luckily, Family Guy returns to our lives in less than a month!
We’ve desperately missed the FOX animated hit, so to help stop this Buzz Killington of a hiatus, we’ve gathered details on five — yes, five — upcoming Family Guy episodes. From the premiere to the finale, Executive Producer and Writer Steve Callaghan tells Hollywood.com everything you ever wanted to know about the new season of Family Guy, but didn’t know who to ask.
Callaghan, one of the first original writers of the groundbreaking series, says that fans can expect the premiere to be filled with tons of hilarious moments. “In our premiere, the Griffins decide to sort of one-up the family of Lois’ old boyfriend," he says. "So they do the most logical thing any out-of-shape American family would do: They climb Mount Everest.” Some high points include a "pukesicle," a who-has-the-better-pecs contest, and a new use for salad dressing. (Hint: It’s not on salad)
Ready for more Quahog insanity? “We have en episode coming up where the Griffins become a Nielsen family,” Callaghan spills. “Peter steals a bunch of Nielsen boxes to make television what he thinks it should be, which of course destroys television.“ And it looks like Family Guy is stealing a formula out of the Breaking Bad handbook. “Later in the season, the Griffins buy a farm and Peter ends up becoming a meth dealer.” Science, Bitch!
Of course, we had to ask what’s in store for our favorite sex-crazed, Lois-loving neighbor. “Well, Quagmire marries a hooker," the EP tells us with a laugh. Giggity! For those of you keeping score at home, this is the perverted pilot’s second marriage — but of course the writers have made sure it is nothing like the first. “This time he goes on a drunken bender and wakes up unknowingly having married a hooker," he says. Who else but Quagmire?! (It’s a line from the show, if you don’t know it, we highly suggest YouTube-ing it.)
Family Guy is known for their wide range of amazing guest stars, and season 11 will be no different. “In the Nielsen one, we have a bunch of them," Callaghan spills. "J.J. Abrams, and Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett all play themselves. We have Jon Hamm coming on, we have a cameo by Johnny Depp… I’m forgetting a bunch right now but we have a lot!”
The reason that Callaghan is able to gift us all these scoopy nuggets is because he and the rest of the creative geniuses at Family Guy create their storylines months and months in advance. “We’re actually working over a year ahead of time," Callaghan says. “We work so far ahead I can even tell you the finale.” Oh yes, please please do!
The generous showrunner reveals, “The finale is a really cool episode called ‘Roads to Vegas.’ It’s like a road show and Stewie and Brian teleport themselves to Las Vegas, but in the process [they] unknowingly create a duplicate of one another.” Ruh Roh! “So one set of Stewie and Brian have the best possible Vegas experience and the other has the worst possible Vegas experience.” Now you just have to wait nine short months until you see it.
Which new episode are you most excited to see? How do you think the Griffins will do on Mt. Everest? Already dying to see this season’s finale? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below!
Season 11 of Family Guy premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 PM on FOX
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You probably haven’t noticed Keanu Reeves’ absence from the big screen over the last few years because to say that you have noticed would imply that he’d actually made a movie worth your time in recent memory. That’s clearly not the case. He returns to theaters with his first starring role since 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still in Malcolm Venville’s Henry’s Crime an ensemble comedy about a bunch of bumbling Buffalo natives who plan to rob a bank despite the fact that their ringleader just got out of jail for “attempting” the same job a year earlier.
The film focuses more on the ensemble than the heist and Venville assembled a great cast (including James Caan Vera Farmiga Bill Duke and Fisher Stevens among others) to fill the various roles but he and screenwriters Sacha Gervasi and David White wasted all that talent on an uninspired script that’s frustratingly executed by the director. It’s as if they were writing a pair of separate films simultaneously and just sandwiched them together hoping that two kinds of vanilla would magically create a unique new flavor. It doesn’t especially when both the romantic and comedic aspects of the story are as bland as the dreary blue-collar setting.
But wait it gets worse. There’s virtually no tone to the film; it moves along at an excruciatingly boring pace as its comatose characters interact with one another. The pin-drop silence that runs through a large part of the picture has the same effect as an Ambien and will undoubtedly leave you snoring. You know you’re watching a bad movie when the only sign of life comes from the soulful soundtrack comprised of R&B tracks from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Vera Farmiga bless her tries hard to make her fledgling actress and anti-romantic character interesting but she’s got nothing to work off of because her co-star the always wooden Reeves is so naïve innocent and awkward it’s sickening. James Caan is endearing as a make-shift father figure for Henry; I found myself wishing that the story was told from his semi-comical point of view. And though I’d pretty much watch Peter Stormare in anything (he’s funny as Farmiga’s foreign theater director) he’s hardly got enough screen time to save Henry’s Crime from the qualitative abyss.