Seth MacFarlane revealed that he had received ‘pushback’ over jokes in the past – and that his new TV series, Ted, is a ‘roll of the dice’.
He has produced some of the most popular sitcoms in recent years, including Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, and The Orville.
Ted, one of his wilder characters, is getting his own TV show, with the 50-year-old voicing the teddy bear in a prequel to the 2012 film, which also stars Alanna Ubach, Scott Grimes, Max Burkholder, and Giorgia Whigham.
Ted will premiere on Peacock in the United States on January 11, followed by a release in the United Kingdom later that year.
Seth is no stranger to controversy, with some of his gags in both Family Guy and Ted eliciting outrage over the years – a recent episode made a dig at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which irritated some fans.
He was asked if anybody has ever pushed back on his jabs ahead of the debut of his next effort.
‘No… Occasionally, every once in a while,’ he told us. ‘But on a network with a show like Family Guy, there is a broadcast standards department that says, “No, you cannot do this.” And that’s the end of it, there’s no negotiation.
‘With streaming, with a place like Peacock or Hulu or Netflix, it’s a little bit more of a grey area – so you do have that occasional pushback, but at the end of the day, the responsibility – to a certain extent – does rest with the the executive producer.
‘The few things that I did get pushback on, I had to do a little soul searching and think, “Alright, is this funny enough? And is this justifiable enough to keep in the show?” So I suppose anything that’s in there that’s over the line, I’m the one to blame.’
‘For the most part, Peacock and Universal held true to their promise that they wanted this to be like the movies, they didn’t want this to be watered down,’ he continued.
‘Ted was successful for a reason, they wanted the same bear, they wanted the same tone. They never really wavered from that. There wasn’t really any strife, in that regard.’
Ted first appeared on the big screen in 2012, with Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Joel McHale in the riotous adventure.
Seth resumed his role as the bear in the 2015 sequel and will return for the TV series, which will have an all-new ensemble.
Shedding light on the excitement fans have for Ted’s latest adventure, he continued: ‘I think it helps with animation when a character does not age. The fact that Ted looks the same, he sounds – for the most part – the same, that’s thanks to the miracle of CGI.
‘It’s always a bit of a crapshoot when you do a sequel for which a substantial amount of time has passed since the original. The original Ted was in 2012, the second one was 2015, so it’s been almost a decade since people have seen Ted. That’s always a roll of the dice.
‘It still remains to be seen whether people are are hungry for more Ted or whether too much time has passed. I think, based on the way the shows have turned out, if I’m any judge of things, I think it’s going to be the former.
‘I think people are going to be excited and it’s going to fill a comedic hole that I think is has been has been left open for a while.
‘There isn’t a lot out there right now that’s just out to be hysterically funny, and that’s really all we’re doing.’
Bring it on!
Ted will be premiering on Peacock in the US on January 11, and on Sky in the UK later in the year.
Source My Celebrity Life.