I think it’s safe to call Seth MacFarlane today’s king of animated television. With “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “Cleveland Show” under his belt, it seems like he can do no wrong in that genre. But can such success in television translate over to live-action?
Joblo is reporting that MacFarlane is set to executive produce a new live-action television show for FOX. The series, which will be written and directed by longtime MacFarlane collaborators Alex Sulkin and Wellesly Wild, will revolve around “two successful guys in their 30s and the insanity that ensues after their crazy fathers unexpectedly move in with them.”
The most interesting factor of this whole pilot is the situation that FOX seems to be putting itself in with its deal. Supposedly learning from its mistake of passing on MacFarlane’s first film, TED, the network pulled out all the stops to keep the show, even signing a “put pilot” contract, which basically says that the pilot not only has to be made and air, but if it is not made into a series, FOX would have to pay MacFarlane and crew a huge penalty fee.
While MacFarlane has a history of amazing animation, his last attempt at a live-action series was 2007’s “The Winner”, which lasted only six episodes. So I guess the real question is, while MacFarlane will apparently be the winner this time around either way, how will everything go for FOX?