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COMMUNITY's Joel McHale Joins Seth MacFarlane's TED!

Published at: Feb. 25, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Nordling here.

I can't speak for the rest of the AICN staff, but I love FAMILY GUY.  I'm pretty sure I remember Quint loving it too, but while I don't know if he still keeps up with it, I sure do.  It misses about as much as it hits, but when it does hit, it's hilarious.  Seth MacFarlane's a pretty smart guy, too, if his guest spots on Bill Maher's show are any indication.  And now he's got a live-action film getting ready for production called TED, which stars Mark Wahlberg as a guy who can't seem to get rid of his childhood teddy bear (voiced and performed in motion capture by MacFarlane).  His bear comes to life after a childhood wish and has become something of a pain in the ass to Wahlberg's character.  Mila Kunis, who does Meg's voice on FAMILY GUY, is cast as Wahlberg's girlfriend.  Giovanni Ribisi has also been cast for the film.

And now, another funny guy has been cast, according to Deadline.  Joel McHale, of COMMUNITY and E's THE SOUP, plays Mila's boss who is constantly hitting on her and causing problems with her relationship to Wahlberg.  Now, this is the part where I'm going to get kicked around a little bit, and I deserve it: I haven't seen COMMUNITY yet.  I know it's awesome.  I know it.  I'm dying to watch it and I want to pick up the DVDs of the first season and catch up.  I just haven't done it yet.  Too bad they're not on Instant Netflix or I would have done it already.  But I have watched THE SOUP before and I know McHale's hilarious.  I'm going to catch up to this show as soon as I can.  Until then, I'm really looking forward to what Seth McFarlane does with his first film.

When Mike Judge went into live-action, we got OFFICE SPACE and IDIOCRACY.  Here's hoping that Seth MacFarlane can make the same leap from television to silver screen with the same quality.

Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Joel McHale should play The Flash

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Cast him now!

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I'll go see this

    by WickedChicken37

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Seth McFarlane annoys the shit out of me

    by slone13

    I used to mildly enjoy Family Guy back in the day. It's gotten pretty stale.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Yep, I am in

    by ConeSpinner

    Seth McFarlane, Mila Kunis and a talking teddy bear? You had me at Mila

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    We'll see

    by byronical

    Seth used to be funny, still has his great moments, but he's trying too hard to be edgy. Even the Comedy Cavalcade on Youtube was funny for a while, but has since worn thin.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Community is like the opposite of family guy

    by AshMcQ

    I'm not a fan of family guy(although I watch it sometimes), and it misses quite a lot more than it hits. People think its funny cause of the hype the series recieves. The stories are 90% awful. But the animation is the worst: totally static, boring perspectives - I dont think i saw even once a character from below for example - and constant reusing of old frames.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Sounds like fun

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I have such a distaste for Wahlberg it's gonna have to be pretty great to win me over.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Joel McHale is too cool for the room

    by SnootyBoots

    Or, he thinks he is, anyway. Smug does not begin to describe that guy.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    My biggest problem with McFarlane

    by TheSeeker7

    is that he appears to be lazy, and as such the rest of his staff. They constantly insert this incredibly random asides so it seems they never have to come up with a full 22 minutes of compelling narrative. And in the episodes I've watched, I've gotten more and more annoyed with the asides as time went on. Some of them have been good, but way too many of them not. And he OFTEN carries a single joke for WAY too fucking long. Unfortunately the kids today seem to equate random with clever & funny, and he just feeds into that. That being said, the episodes with primarily Stewie & Brian are far and away the best of the series.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    But community is bad

    by thedarklingthrush

    It's like the talksoup of sitcoms, except they don't show clips they just redo everything with new actors. I'm sorry writing an inordinate amount of references every episode doesn't qualify as funny. Studio basically just wanted a 30 rock that would net a younger audience...

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    "People think its funny cause of the hype the series recieves."

    by Raging Dogs Productions

    Really? I thought I thought it was funny because it makes me laugh. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Are the Manatee's writing TED?

    by SifoDyasJr

    "Hey Ted, how's it goin'? I like your fur. That looks really great. I produce Entourage. Okay, talk with you later. Say hi to your mother for me."

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Seth and Maher would get along

    by palooka_boy

    They're both smug douchebags.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    LIAM NEESON IN STAR WARS: EPISODE III

    by steves

    Liam Neeson has filmed a new scene for the Blu-Ray edition of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith. Frank Oz also involved.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Community is good

    by jimmy_009

    Along with 30 Rock, probably the two best comedies on TV.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "Too cool for the room"

    by jimmy_009

    Did it ever dawn on you that perhaps that's his schtick? Have you ever talked to him personally? Plenty of actors and comedians have "personas" that they use in their professional life that don't extend to the real world. Although that's not to say that his persona couldn't come back to bite him in the ass. Ask Chevy Chase.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Uh Oh

    by Demps

    This sounds exactly like Craig Kilbourne's role in Old School. Hopefully it doesn't put McHale on a similar career trajectory. I think Family Guy continues to be a hit not so much because it's great comedy but that it's something such a huge chunk of the population can relate to. Meaning that the jokes are literally the same thing any group of friends could come up with on any random occasion. There are definitely more misses than hits, but that's what happens when pretty much every joke you throw out there makes it into the show. Points to McFarlane for finding a way to get the money to put that on the air and build a career out of it, but beyond that business acumen I'm still sort of unsure of what his actual talent is.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Talking teddy bear huh?

    by Robothomer

    Didn't we see that in A.I?

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Teddy is back!

    by Andrew Coleman

    Best thing about AI. I'm pumped for this movie haha.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I believe you answered your own questions, jimmy-009.

    by SnootyBoots

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Community is good for an American network sitcom, and that's about the most I can say. Joel McHale seems like a dick in interviews.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    My impersonation of every Seth MacFarlane voice (except the dog)

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    MGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [irritating laugh]

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    American Dad is where MacFarlane shines

    by Terrence

    The humor on that show is much more subtle and abstract than FG or Cleveland, and it never ceases to make me crack up.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Family Guy will forever play "Cracked" to the Simspns "MAD"

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    When Family Guy is on..it's ON! When it sucks...

    by alienindisguise

    it sucks like the nastiest whore in vegas. Seth seems to think repetition of stupid shit is the key to comedy ala the Conway Twitty inserts which are just stupid. If any of you haven't seen "It's a Trap!" yet, don't waste your time because it's a total shitfest.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Could be good

    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    McHale is pretty limited..

    by MST3KPIMP

    His role on community seems to be merely an extension of his Talk Soup schtick where he's just forever irritated. He's quite unfunny in interviews.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Such hate for FG!

    by Composite_Beppo

    I love Family Guy, and can watch it over and over again - Simpsons has peaked, but hey, someone out there enjoys it... MacFarland is also quite talented musically and some of the songs on FG are pretty brilliant - "Everything's Better with a Bag o' Weed" was a really great send-up of The Music Man.. And in The Road to Germany, there was amazing intercutting of a Jewish wedding with the Nazis gearing up to and invading Poland... FG also makes some very good points - what is the difference between prostitution and porn films? Largely a camera, yet one is illegal and the other is a hugely successful industry. Sometimes all this hate for MacFarland really seems to be about envy for a talented, good-looking fellow who makes a truckload of money doing what he likes, and obviously has no trouble getting laid... How many of us can claim all that? Didn't think so.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Community is great even with their pop culture references.

    by Andy Pandy

    Strong cast plus every once in a once they'll have really awesome episodes like the paintball episode.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Seth McFarlane can be great but he has spread himself to thin

    by Andy Pandy

    All his series are just carbon copy of themselves. Dude needs to focus on quality, not quantity, but sacks of money are good I guess.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    i wasn't interested

    by pauduro

    until you said Milla now i have to see this crap

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    "Gosh Ted, this is just like that time you...."

    by gurugurugaijin

    Manatee Gag- The Movie

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Community IS awesome. WAY BETTER than park+rec

    by BILLY

    Watch it.Or get fucking killed.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    commuinity and family guy are hilarious

    by jsfithaca

    the soup on the other hand i dont find that funny. i can see why other people like it, but i feel the stuff they say and make fun of everyone already knew. 30 rock is overrated but ill watch it on occasion

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    "Anybody who rips apart Hilton and the Kardashians is ok by me"

    by top_cat_james

    You're ok with big black penises?

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    FG is good, American Dad is sheer brilliance.

    by dr sauch

    Fact. Family guy is always pretty entertaining. I don't crack up at every single joke, but it maintains at least a certain level. However, Family Guy is nothing next to American Dad. It is the Futurama to Family Guy's Simpsons.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I've read the script for TED.

    by Darkman

    Holy piss, does this not look good. It's just a bunch of slimly drawn characters spouting lame lines and wandering around a barely-there plot...in other words, just what you'd expect a live-action project from the creator of "Family Guy" to be. <br><br> Some of you are probably thinking 'Whatever. Haters gonna hate.' Screw you. I watch and enjoy all of Seth's shows ("American Dad", most of all), but this...this is crap. It doesn't matter how much talent they throw at this. This should not be made.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    ACCORDING TO JIM is hilarious and sheer brilliance.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    nice to see the AD love

    by Generalcatburd

    Was starting to think I was the only one who finds it far superior to other McFarlane shows. Hilarious and linear - No manatees pushing word balls.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    So it's a remake of UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER?

    by Immortal_Fish

    From the guy that rips off the Simpsons. How creative. How fresh. How new. Pass.

  • I wont be able to help comparing Paul to Roger, he is just a brilliantly endearing utter shit, and the kind of audacious little self-absorbed punk bitch who often gives a certain stereotype of gay non-repressed people a seriously bad name, or rather leeches of it.

  • Yoda says: "Not much so COMMUNITY is".

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else see the idiocy...

    by FarSky

    in criticizing the MacFarlane shows for lazy, random writing and pop culture references by parrotting that stupid SOUTH PARK episode from a few years back? Do you think you're actually being witty by bringing it up?

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    American Dad is where it's at.

    by David Cloverfield

    I gave up on the rest of his shows. But holy shit, can that man do a voice!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    composite_beppo...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    I'm pretty sure the "Everything's Better with a Bag o' Weed" was a parody of "Me Ol' Bamboo" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Giovanni Ribisi?

    by BadMrWonka

    has he not heard any of the Family Guy jokes about Scientology? They're harsh, hilarious, and absolutely true...the kind of thing that Scientologists usually hate. fucking nutcases.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Community...

    by The Dwayne

    ...it's got people from Moral Orel, a writer from Mr. Show and the head writer wrote Scud: The Disposable Assassin. What you waiting for?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    composite_beppo

    by The Dwayne

    The Simpsons hasn't peaked but it seems everyone is quick to dismiss it with the rise of "adult" cartoons now. I still dig Simpsons but Family Guy just isn't what it used to be. I vastly prefer Family Guy before it got cancelled then when they got brought back. I was looking forward to it when the new episode came out. Then Peter made a joke about all the Fox shows that were cancelled....that's when I knew the magic was gone. Thank goodness for American Dad though.

  • I`ve never seen a show go from completely lowbrow to surprisingly highbrow jokes and references in the course of a few seconds the way that "Family Guy" does. It`ll never be "The Simpsons" (which is a true American classic), but it`s a good show. Brian & Stewie are definetly classic characters.