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John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl (Seth MacFarlane host) August 2014


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Well, now this is interesting...

With his instantly recognizable scores, John Williams has redefined the art of film music. He makes audiences cheer, brings them to tears and keeps them on the edge of their seats. This year, the Maestro welcomes special guest Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted), pays tribute to some of the classic stars of Warner Bros. Pictures, and conducts selections from some of his beloved movie hits, including Jurassic Park and, of course, Star Wars! It's a Hollywood Bowl tradition not to be missed!

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/john-williams-maestro-of-movies/2014-08-29

While I'm not exactly a fan of MacFarlane and his humour, I know he's a massive Williams geek and only good things can come out of this I believe. Color me excited!

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I like his humour - or at least I like Family Guy, and as far as I remember I think I liked his Oscar hosting, which is pretty much all I know by him. But he also seems to be a big fan of (and apparently very knowledgeable about) film music, AND he's one of the driving forces behind the new Cosmos series. If that turns out well, I have quite a bit of respect for him.

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I like his humour - or at least I like Family Guy,

What i've seen of his humor, mostly Family Guy has all the subtlety of a brick. And isnt in the slightest way original. Just, louder, cruder.

It's just not clever at all.

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There was a time when I liked Family Guy - high school and some of college. I'm not sure if the show changed, or if I just changed (probably a little of the former and a lot of the latter), but I don't find it all too funny anymore. Much of the humor on that show has always been based, in some level, on racism, anti-semetism, misogyny, etc - so even in episodes that have several decent jokes that land, there are more jokes that fall flat, or occasionally make me angry. I'm much more partial to American Dad, which takes out most of the "randomness" and has actual stories and jokes, although that too is a bit wearying for me.

Due to fame and other pursuits, MacFarlane has little to do with any of "his" shows anymore, besides voicing the characters and story/script approval - so it's hard to blame any creative success or failure on him anyway at this point, besides problems with the basic template of the shows as created. I thought he did a decent enough job at the Oscars last year, and he always seems like an interesting enough person in interviews. He's always seemed like a decent advocate - or at least a fan - of film music, so this seems like a good fit.

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MacFarlane is quite a good singer, and my guess is that he will do some singing on a few Hollywood classic songs.

As for his humor... I really can't say I like Family Guy or American Dad, but enjoyed him at the Oscars.

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Hopefully they will do the live-to-screen "Indy's very first adventure", and have Seth sing along to it!!!

Him reprising the Peter Griffin singing the March of the Slave Children from ToD would be a welcome addition as well. ;)

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LOL wut? Do you not understand how network TV works? Every single show on every single network channel has new episodes mixed with repeats from September through May. Are you serious?

What does it matter when it airs, anyway? Don't you have a DVR?

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I stopped watching TV after LOST ended.

Ha, so did I for the most part. Even Breaking Bad only brought me back for the last few episodes live rather than on Netflix. I do still watch Modern Family with regularity though.

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LOL wut? Do you not understand how network TV works? Every single show on every single network channel has new episodes mixed with repeats from September through May.

Really? Why on earth would they do that?

Because a modern network show has 20-24 episodes per season, and there are ~35 weeks from late September to mid May. There are breaks programmed to avoid holidays, to avoid big events (Super Bowl, Olympics, Oscars, NCAA finals, etc etc), or just to hit certain programmed dates like sweeps and prefered finale date.

Even non-network shows do it - I seem to remember a week off during the final brief "half season" of Breaking Bad, for instance.

Jason is right that Family Guy's airtime has been almost completely stable since they brought it back for "season 4" almost ten years ago. The problem with FOX is that they're big into sports, and sometimes football games or baseball games will push back the whole Sunday schedule - so that a normal schedule (8:00 Simpsons, 8:30 Bob's Burgers, 9:00 Family Guy, 9:30 American Dad) will end up starting (8:17, 8:47, 9:17, 9:47). It's a pain for both people who want to watch TV at a set time, and people who DVR shows to watch later (like we do). Thankfully, at least here, all major networks put every new episode of their shows "on demand" for free for at least a month.

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I seem to remember a week off during the final brief "half season" of Breaking Bad, for instance.

Nope, there wasn't one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Breaking_Bad_episodes#Part_2

My bad - must be one of the other cable shows that we watch, like recent seasons of Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Whatever it was, it struck us as weird at the time.

EDIT - It was last season of GoT

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I specifically gave up on Lost because I couldn't stand the mid-season breaks that saw new episodes replaced by reruns. No, I didn't follow an online schedule to plan my viewing habits around the airings, I just stopped watching.

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EDIT - It was last season of GoT

Yea, HBO usually gives their shows a holiday weekend off. In GOT season 3's case, it was Memorial Day weekend they took off. It was right before the Red Wedding episode too!

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I specifically gave up on Lost because I couldn't stand the mid-season breaks that saw new episodes replaced by reruns. No, I didn't follow an online schedule to plan my viewing habits around the airings, I just stopped watching.

The only break LOST had was during Season 3 when it hit rock bottom and because of the writer's strike.

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That sounds about right, as that's the time I gave up on the show. As I've stated here many times, I do plan to reimmerse myself in the show from the beginning via Netflix with my girlfriend, who hasn't watched any of the show.

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I specifically gave up on Lost because I couldn't stand the mid-season breaks that saw new episodes replaced by reruns. No, I didn't follow an online schedule to plan my viewing habits around the airings, I just stopped watching.

The only break LOST had was during Season 3 when it hit rock bottom and because of the writer's strike.
Wrong. Look at the airdates for seasons 1 and 2. New episodes mixed with repeats from September to May.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lost_episodes

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Why would a network mixed new episodes with old? Especially on a show with continuous story arcs, is doesnt make sense.

LOST never did that. There were times when they would fill a 2 hour block with a recap episode or something.

Wrong, LOST consistently did that throughout the first two seasons. Just look at the airdates in the wiki episode list I linked to. They'd have three weeks of new episodes, two weeks of reruns, two more new episodes, four weeks of reruns, etc. That's just how network tv works.

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