Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, will be hosting the Oscars tonight. He is comfortable onstage, having performed with Family Guy Live! and other staged performances of his show, where he not only read from Family Guy scripts, but also sang songs from the cartoon. (Plus, he released a CD titled Music Is Better Than Words in 2011, featuring standards, like "Something Good.") No doubt those swaggering stage skills and his smooth singing voice will help him keep the awards show rolling tonight in front of millions of viewers around the world.
But here's what I'm hoping: After the Oscars, we don't hear about Seth MacFarlane for a while. He's becoming the Jennifer Lopez of TV cartoons. First he's an animator, then he's an actor, then a singer and now he's hosting the Oscars. We've never seen Matt Groening or Mike Judge host anything other than Comic-Con panels. Next thing you know, Seth MacFarlane will be releasing his own fragrance and maybe even a clothing line.
He's everywhere! He can seemingly do no wrong, with three hit cartoons on FOX's Animation Domination, last year's hit movie Ted, and another pilot in the works at FOX called Dads. He has guest starred on Real Time with Bill Maher and appears in Movie 43 as himself.
True, FOX backed off his idea to re-invent The Flintstones and his live action comedy, The Winner starring Rob Corddry, failed to take off. But MacFarlane has got some serious mojo working for him that's keeping him busy. Too busy to check in on this cartoons that are starting to lose some of their shine.
At what point will Hollywood tire of Seth MacFarlane? I'm tired of him and I haven't even tuned in to the Red Carpet yet.
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