Seth MacFarlane: Execs In ‘Murdoch Land’ Are OK With Me In ‘The Loudest Voice’ | Sunday TODAY

Seth MacFarlane: Execs In ‘Murdoch Land’ Are OK With Me In ‘The Loudest Voice’ | Sunday TODAY


>>>YOU KNOW WHAT I ALWAYS LOVE ABOUT YOUR CEREAL? IT TASTED LIKE BLUEBERRIES.>>THAT’S THE SCENE FROM “FAMILY GUY.” CREATED MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO BY A YOUNG ANIMATOR NAMED SETH MA McFARLANE. HE HAS NOT WRITTEN FOR A SHOW NEARLY A DECADE. THERE HAS BEEN MORE ANIMATED COMEDY LIKE “AMERICAN DAD” AND “THE CLEVELAND SHOW,” A GRAMMY NOMINATED MUSIC CAREER AND A GIG HOSTING THE OSCARS. M McFARLANE’S LATEST ROLE IS “THE LOUDEST VOICE” OF THE MAN WHO BUILT FOX NEWS AND CHANGED OUR MEDIA CULTURE. SETH AND I GOT TOGETHER FOR A SUND SUNDAY’S SIT-DOWN AT THE CAFE HERE IN NEW YORK.>>Reporter: SETH McFARLANE IS AN ACTOR AND WRITER AND PRODUCER AND ANIMATOR AND EVEN A SINGER. HE USUALLY LEAVES THE PIANO PLAYING TO SOMEONE ELSE. [ BLEEP ].>>SOUNDS GOOD TO ME, MAN.>>THIS IS WHY I DON’T DO IT PUBLICLY.>>WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THE CARLISLE?>>>>>IT IS SMALL A SBIMINTIMATE.>>THE SHOW TIME’S MINI SERIES OF THE LOUDEST VOICE. IT FOCUSES ON THE INFAMOUS FOX NEWS’S ROGER AILES. McFARLANE PLAYS RYAN LEWIS, THE FORMER HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS IN FOX NEWS WHO GUARDED THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS FEROCIOUS.>>WHO WAS HE AND WHY WAS HE AN IMPORTANT CHARACTER IN THIS STORY?>>THIS IS THE GUY THAT ROGER WOULD BLOW OFF STEAM TO OR THE GUY THAT’S COMFORTABLE ENOUGH KEEPING H HIM IN LINE WHEN HE GOT OFF THE RAIL. HE WAS DEMOCRAT WORKING FOR FOX NEWS AND THE ETHICS OF IT DID NOT COME INTO PLAY.>>LEWIS WAS WITH AILES AT FOX NEWS FROM THE BEGINNING. HE WAS FIRED ABRUPTLY IN 2013.>>WHAT WAS THE BREAKING POINT GIVEN HIS LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH AILES?>>HE STARTED TO SEE ROGER BELIEVING THINGS THAT HE HAD PUT OUT THERE INITIALLY AS A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT. HE FELT THAT FOX NEWS SHOULD BE SIMPLE, IT SHOULD BE HEROES AND VILLAINS AND US AND THEM, SIMPLE CONCEPT FOR THE AUDIENCE TO LATCH ONTO SO THEY DID NOT HAVE TO THINK A WHOLE LOT. HE WAS TROUBLED BY THAT.>>IN REAL LIFE, McFARLANE HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF FOX NEWS. THAT MAKES INTERESTING MOMENT AROUND THE COMPANY WATER COOLER. McFARLANE HITS “AMERICAN DAD” AND “FAMILY GUY” ALL APPEARS ON THE FOX BROADCASTING NETWORK.>>WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN THIS OFFER CAME TO YOU?>>THEY HAD TO TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT. NOT BECAUSE OF MY CONNECTION TO FOX. JUST AS A PERFORMER SO OUTSIDE THE REALM OF — IT WAS A COURTESY, I DID CALL MY FRIEND UP THERE IN MURDOCH’S LAND AND LETTING YOU KNOW I AM DOING THIS. I WORKED FOR THEM FOR YEARS. I HAD PERSONAL CONFERSIDERATION WHCONVERSATIONS WHERE I THINK IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE OUT THERE.>>YOU SAID THAT TO THE NETWORK?>>YES, WE ARE STILL ABLE TO INTERACT.>>Reporter: McFARLANE ARRIVES AS A YOUNG PRODIGY. HE MADE A CAREER LOOKING FOR NEW CHALLENGES.>>I ENJOY THINGS THAT SCARES ME. THAT’S WHY MAYBE I JUMP FROM “FAMILY GUY” AND “ORVILLE.” I LIKE WRITING ON “FAMILY GUY,” IT WAS MORE WORK. I HAD A GREAT CHILDHOOD. I THINK IT IS NOT AS EASY TO FIND THAT ANGER.>>Reporter: McFARLANE GREW UP WITH A YOUNGER SISTER IN KENT, CONNECTICUT WHERE HIS PARENTS WORKED AT A LOCAL PREP SCHOOL. HE STARTED DRAWING AT THE AGE OF TWO. AT NINE, HE HAD A WEEKLY COMIC PUBLISHED IN THE LOCAL PAPER AND WROTE A LETTER TO JIM HENSON STUDIO ANNOUNCING HIS PLAN TO BECOME A CARTOONIST. MY PARENTS ARE EX-HIPPIES.>>McFARLANE HONE HIS DRAWING AT THE RHODE ISLAND’S SCHOOL OF DESIGN. HE WAS SO GOOD THAT FOX TRUSTED HIM TO DEVELOP A SHOW AT 24 YEARS OLD. WHEN “FAMILY GUY” WAS BORN, McFARLANE WAS THE YOUNGEST PRODUCER OF A PRIMETIME SERIES EVER.>>I DID THE “FAMILY GUY” PILOT AND STAYED UP ALL NIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE TO GET THE THINGS DONE. I WAS FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS. “FAMILY GUY” ENTERS ITS 18th SEASON THIS FALL. THE SHOW WAS NOT AN IMMEDIATE HIT. THE SHOW WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT I FORGOT THAT IT WAS CANCELLED TWICE.>>YEAH.>>IT WAS UNCHARRED AS THE PICK UP. OH, I GOT A SHOW PICK-UP, IT IS GREAT.>>WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT THE PEOPLE LOVE?>>IT IS ENTERTAINMENT. IT JUST WANTS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH.>>THAT GUY GOT NO IDEA HOW HARD I HAVE WORKED.>>McFARLANE VOICES SEVERAL KYLE CL CHARACTERS ON THE SHOW INCLUDING STEWY AND BRIAN.>>YOU ARE SAYING IT WEIRD. WHY ARE YOU PUTTING SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON THE H. McFARLANE PLAYS A FOUL MOUTH TEDDY BEAR ALONGSIDE MARK WAHLBERG IN THE HIT “TED” WHICH HE WROTE AND DIRECTED.>>THAT FAMOUS BOY SOUNDS A LITTLE DIFFERENT WHEN McFARLANE SINGS, INSPIRED BY HIS CHILDHOOD, HE RELEASED FIVE ALBUMS AND NOMINATED FOR FIVE GRAMMY AWARDS. HIS LATEST CALLED “ONCE IN A WHILE.”>>WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU ARE LISTENING TO SINATRA?>>MORE OR LESS. I HAD A PHASE LISTENING TO THE RADIO. NOT REALLY MISSING A WHOLE LOT. ♪ NEVER LEAVE BILLY OCEAN BEHIND. THE LOUDEST VOICE PREMIERS TONIGHT AT 10:00. OUR BIG THANKS AT THE CARLISLE HOTEL HERE IN NEW YORK FOR HOSTING OUR CONVERSATION AND OUR JAM SESSION. TO HEAR SETH DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF A “FAMILY GUY” MOVEMENT AND ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF “TED,” CHECK OUT OUR EXTRAS AND D CENTURY. A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND SOME HEAD PHONES.

43 Replies to “Seth MacFarlane: Execs In ‘Murdoch Land’ Are OK With Me In ‘The Loudest Voice’ | Sunday TODAY

  1. I love FB and the dark humor I watch it everyday. Seth's humor is unique that's one of the reason that makes him successful.

  2. Seth is incredibly talented, wise, funny and lovely. I think we don't appreciate him as much as we should.

  3. He does incredible in most everything he does. I can totally relate to him in many ways. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. The film looks good, I hope they also make a film about CNN and MSNBC too, however being Lefties, they have no interest making their side look bad.

  5. 😘💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋🥰

  6. He does look like a down syndrome Tom Cruise. I mean, is that…is that bad. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just ok, geez back off. Alright you're still reading this. I'm getting into my car now and driving away in silence.

  7. I do really like Seth ….but his acting is lame his writing is limited but his drawing and voices are amazing

  8. Between 30 years of the Simpsons and 20.years of the family guy. I know there are varying degrees of quality. At the same time. They all have a particular standard of quality.

    Ive been spoilt. I've been animation dominated.

  9. Why’d they show the worse points of his piano playing???
    He’s actually pretty good.
    Because he’s funny?
    Rude.

    His connection to Fox News is sketchy though.
    Also… isn’t it so weird to hear an already privileged person talk about his amazing childhood and life?
    Silver spoon.
    A lot of famous people are. They just come up with phoney back stories. So you gotta admire his honesty.
    Same time we hate him for it. The truth of his life and his privilege. Why he got to have a show at 24…

    Can’t tell if this ad made me respect him more for being up front, or see it as another Hollywood “duh”.
    Probably the latter.

  10. Seth is a incredibly talented man and I enjoy many of the things he's created. However I find him hypocritical. He's completely fine working for a company that made him ridiculously wealthy but in the same breath talks s#!+ about it.

  11. Notice there's no Hollywood documentary on the "evil" men who built CBS, CNN or MSNBC that protect the corporate funding of our elections

  12. Seth is very ignorant when it comes to politics. His philosophy is flawed and illogical… he’s a left wing hack… but he can be entertaining

  13. What a Gem…just shows what a good childhood and parents can do. He seems so balanced and confident. Good job Mr. and Mrs. MacFarlane! 🤗

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