Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane Stands Up for TV Writers
Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane Stands Up for TV Writers
Seth Macfarlane wouldn't be the creator of Family Guy and numerous other successes if he wasn't the source of cheeky and subversive comments.  That's why this summer's Television Critics Association press tour was marked by the animation maverick's remarks.  He managed to crack at President Bush's former chief of staff Karl Rove, and it doesn't seem as though he's stopping anytime soon.  On last week's Paley Media Center's Writers Room Panel, Macfarlane was the man who caught the eyes and ears of everyone. 

The 34-year-old satirist graced Beverly Hills, California in his black leather jacket and Chucks, matching his very words.  He wasted no time raging in support of the Family Guy writers, who were on his side.  MacFarlane, who admitted to dislike public speaking, even joked that he was starving and that he had a bottle of Jack Daniel's in his jacket pocket as the only thing to keep him up. 

Apparently that wasn't a bluff, as Macfarlane pulled out a water bottle filled with a mysterious brown liquid in it.  He drank from it several times over the hour-long panel event. while questions were thrown at him from fans in the audience and Macfarlane delivered his answers.

Asked about the show, Macfarlane said that he has no idea why South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone hate him and his show so much.  The evidently one-sided feud began in 2006, when Family Guy was criticized for being a rip-off of The Simpsons.  Macfarlane replied that he's cool with having the pair fuming at him.  However, he wasn't so comfortable with Parker and Stone bashing the Family Guy writers.

“We've gone out of our way not to create a contentious sort of thing, but whenever I read an interview with those guys, they do tend to spew venom,” Macfarlane declared with a shrug.  “It's one thing for those guys to (attack) me.  But when you start crapping on the people who are not making the millions that you're making ... It would be like me taking a shot at a staff writer on Two and a Half Men.”

Macfarlane has risen to success since the premiere of Family Guy in 1999.  Despite being brought down by many others, he hasn't relented.  He has also been part of creating hit series like American Dad!, and has been working on the Family Guy spin-off, titled The Cleveland Show.

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Detroit News
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