'SNL' has gone through an insane amount of changes. With series regulars Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliott and Andy Samberg replaced by three newbies, and Fred Armisen's famous Barack Obama impression getting handed over to Jay Pharoah, audiences are looking for some sense of normalcy. What better way to give them this than through the first promos for the newest season?
Sure, we're all a little tepid at the prospect of a new season of 'Saturday Night Live' that lacks Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliott, and potentially even Jason Sudeikis as well, but the show will always go on, no? Seth MacFarlane has been announced to host the premiere of the long-running sketch comedy's thirty-eighth season, but who will join him on the stage? And what other stars will fall from the sky to deliver a premium rush in the ensuing weeks?
Given the record-breaking success of 'Ted' this past weekend, the execs at Universal are most certainly talking today about plans for 'Ted 2.' Hollywood ought to now have greater trust in original ideas. Or, if not that, at least they should allow Seth MacFarlane to develop any other original project of his own devise. After all, much of the appeal of the comedy is that it's by the creator of 'Family Guy' and other hit television series. And his trademark pop culture-possessed sense of humor draws audiences more than does this film's specific story of arrested development.
But knowing Hollywood, we can guarantee that its first response this morning is to focus not on the “fluke” $54 million gross of a fresh property but on how to turn that newly minted name brand into an ongoing franchise. So what will Seth MacFarlane cook up for 'Ted 2?'
'Ted' is getting great reviews from those who have already seen it. Fans of 'Family Guy' are sure to be in for a raunchy, laugh out loud treat when they go the the film in theaters this Friday. But how did they get that talking bear on screen? They didn't use a real teddy bear, so how was it done? Take a look at a video showing the motion capture process used for this upcoming Mark Wahlberg comedy.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Where once it seemed like Seth MacFarlane couldn't be stopped, executive producing, writing and starring in three animated series in addition to nursing a burgeoning film career, now the media and animation mogul finally got a little too big for his britches. But which project ends up suffering?
Whether you care for his humor or not, there's no denying the fact that Seth MacFarlane pretty much owns television at this point. The man behind 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'The Cleveland Show' has built a comedy empire on the small screen, but there remain other worlds to conquer. Will, 'Ted,' his live action directorial debut about a man and his raunchy teddy bear, be the weapon he needs to strike forth into a new realm? You can answer that yourself by watching the very NSFW red band trailer below.