FOX Orders Six More 'Dads' Scripts




This one is a bit of a head-scratcher. 

FOX has ordered six new scripts on top of their previous order for 'Dads,' the new live-action comedy from Seth MacFarlane. The reason this is confusing is because to this point, the ratings for 'Dads' have been less than stellar and critics have reacted to the series much like Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi are reacting in the photo, above. 

Between claims of offensiveness and racism, or charges of the series simply being unfunny, 'Dads' has not endeared itself to any television critic. Back in August, the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans (MANAA) was demanding that the pilot episode of the new FOX comedy 'Dads' be re-shot to remove racist elements in the program. Claims of racism came from a particular scene in the pilot FOXepisode which featured co-star Brenda Song. FOX and MacFarlane stood by their pilot and it aired as it was originally shot. 

'Dads' stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two best friends and video game developers who have their crass fathers move in with them and upend their lives. Comic legends Martin Mull and Peter Reigert play the characters' fathers, with stereotypical political incorectness dripping from every line of dialogue. Mull’s character, for instance, calls Asians “Orientals,” and says, of Chinese people, “There’s a reason ‘Shanghai’ is a verb.” FOX defended the salty comedy on the program by explaining that the inappropriate comments were being made by the titular dads, two older men who are presented as having superannuated ideals. (This could also be called the Eric Cartman defense, as 'South Park' frequently gets away with off-color humor by having the character of Cartman say the offensive things). 

On an episode of 'Chelsea Lately,' 'Dads' co-star Giovanni Ribisi had some choice words for the critics that spoke out against the program: "As much as they're ringing their bell about being offensive and all of that, the same people are laughing just as hard," the actor said, adding "honestly, we're at the point where we're just like, go f**k yourself."

 Although six new scripts have been commissioned, there is no promise that the series will continue or that these scripts will ever be shot. How much time 'Dads' will have to catch on with a viewing audience is up to FOX.



- Dads (2013)
- Seth MacFarlane
- Giovanni Ribisi
- Seth Green
- Brenda Song

Written by: bad_subject
Oct 12th, 2013, 1:26 pm

Images courtesy of FOX


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Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2013, 2:17 am

This makes me sad, I thinbk it's hilarious. I'm pretty skeptical of these 1\2 hour comedy shows, but I really love this one. Caught myself laughing out loud more than once. Offensive? Seriously? I thought we were all past that sensitive, politically incorrect crap and have learned to poke fun again? No? Has anyone seen Sullivan and Son? So many racial, homophobic, religious and political slurs on there... you can't help but laugh or throw your hand over your mouth while murmuring "oh My God". We've all become such a bunch of sensitive little girls, its ridiculous. Put on some big girl panties and grow a sense of humor.


Message Posted On Oct 15th, 2013, 3:19 am
good show-but need rid of the scientology freak

Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 2:58 am
I like the show. The racial stereotypes are funny because sensible people realize the characters are being treated as laughing stocks. That's the whole point of using such stereotypes.

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Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2013, 12:56 pm

Seth Green and Martin Mull Hold up there side of the comedy, but Giovanni Ribisi and Peter Reigert seems to be just going through the motions... Brenda Song isn't too bad either... But as a whole it could get better and now it has time...


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Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2013, 9:24 am

I like the show. It's not going to be for everyone, or even most people, but it's for me. I don't believe that it is as funny as it could be, but it IS funny. They made me facepalm in the first episode but I wasn't offended. The racism comes from everywhere. The classism comes from everywhere. The little things constantly going on and the underlying things that they are developing are already funny. I think that the producers are used to working with the fickle dartboard style of screening that shows go through on FOX so they're rushing to get as many jokes out as possible. They'll slow down and be more creative. When they're getting noticed and making a wider audience laugh FOX will cut them.

I think that in the meantime they should keep a running tally of how many oversensitive virginal ears and eyes claim to have been offended and work it into the set somehow. Like a safety count or something on the board.



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Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2013, 6:59 am

Offensive? when where they offensive?

They could have gone harder with all the jokes, most of them are pretty lame and full with flaws!


Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 8:52 pm
As i said on another post although i am big fan of Seth Macfarlane and also seth green and to an extent even Giovanni Ribisi this show is not funny from what i have seen the cast just doesn't seem to gel together and whilst i would have casted seth green in the role as i know he can do comedy Ribisi on the other hand not so much and i am frankly sick of seeing martin mull in stuff he sort of pops up as a stand-in for things to try and get a laugh and it rarely happens so far not even cracked a smirk at the show i think it is just an attempt to cash in on the success of Ted even with the Advertising of the show with the Green lettering like the Ted Posters i don't even think Macfarlane has much input on the show he is just a name attached to it to draw attention

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Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 5:48 pm

Talented cast who deserve much better than this i watched the first 3 and i dont recal laughing once at it i cringed a bit and the "jokes" that made it through,surprised its getting more scripts to be honest but if they learn they havent got a funny show on their hands and try at least tofix it who knows it may work.



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Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 2:37 pm

I thought the fourth episode, "Funny Girl", was pretty funny. It takes time for the audience to learn the characters and the show's rhythm. I hope Fox gives it a real chance to find its footing because I agree with the comment about the talented cast. Even Tonita Castro's one dimensional character had me laughing in episode four.



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Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 1:32 pm

I haven't watched this show, but I have yet to talk to anyone with a positive opinion of it. Which is sad, because all four actors pictured above are talented, and are capable of much smarter material.

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