Fox’s NSFW Easter cartoon is drawing some holiday heat. The animated short on the network’s Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) online channel is a raunchy (and quite catchy) music video titled “The Easter Bunny’s Coming” (video below).
The Parents Television Council, an independent watchdog group that monitors network programming and frequently protests content, called the video “X rated” and crowned it “the most explicit material we’ve ever seen produced by a broadcast television network.”
“We thought we had seen the worst of ‘ADHD’ when Fox aired a segment several months ago with high school characters gleefully taking cell phone pictures of their genitals and texting the photos to other students,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “That content pales in comparison to the material in this new video.” ...
Genitals? On the INTERNET!?
Tim Winter doesn't get around much, does he? ...
Meantime, I was over at the Fox Animation studios, today, where a table read was in progress for the first episode of Family Guy's new season. A staffer clued me:
"Seth doesn't come to table reads anymore. He hasn't come in a couple of years. They put a big speaker phone in the middle of the table and he he does his parts over that."
Another artist said Mr. Macfarlane spends a lot more time in his new headquarters in Beverly Hills. And that he doesn't review every facet of the show like he used to, but delegates a lot more. (Smart, in my opinion.) He's got live-action projects, animated projects, and a movie coming out the end of May. Who's got time to look at every design, set of dailies, and storyboard?
Across the hall at American Dad, work goes on for the series' new, fifteen-episode season on TBS. Artists are hoping that TBS will pick up yet another fifteen episodes as early as May, when the writers will get word of new installments.
"When Fox canceled the show last year, the American Dad writers went elsewhere and Fox couldn't get many of them back when TBS picked up the series for another season. Don't think they want to make that mistake twice."
On the subject of episode orders, at one time there was talk of Family Guy having a few less half-hours in the new season, but now it appears there will be twenty. (Or so I'm told.)