Seth MacFarlane is a mystery to me.
How could someone so unfunny and unoriginal become so huge and successful?
Now, I’m a fan of good comedy. Over the years it’s been The Simpsons; Seinfeld; Arrested Development; The Office (BBC); 30 Rock; etc.
However, I can honestly say that, over the years, I think I’ve seen perhaps 3 episodes of Family Guy, and I don’t believe I ever laughed once during all 3 episodes.
The characters are blatant rip-offs of more inspired fare. You can see the punch lines from a mile away.
And now we get to look forward to this:
[Fox] announced Friday that it has ordered to series Bordertown, a new animated comedy from the creator of Family Guy.
Bordertown hails from MacFarlane and Family Guy producer Mark Hentemann and will debut during the 2014-15 season. The comedy takes place in a fictional desert town in Texas and centers on Bud Buckwald — a married father of three who serves as a border patrol agent who isn’t adjusting well to the cultural changes around him. It takes a satirical look at America’s cultural shifts through the evolving relationships between Bud’s family and that of his next-door neighbor Ernesto Gonzales, a Mexican immigrant and father of four.
Ooh! How cutting edge!
Hmmm, I wonder if Bud Buckwald will be portrayed as an idiotic, jingoistic, Archie-Bunker type (just like the patriarch of every other Seth McFarlane show premise, or for that matter, virtually every comic depiction of straight white fathers in American sitcoms?)
I can hardly wait to find out!