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 episode 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.