Seth MacFarlane

Scott Grimes pilots his way through a man-child life


Some people know Scott Grimes from the old "Critters" movies or the new Seth MacFarlane shows, from cartoons to "The Orville." But the first thing I remember was "Frog." That was when PBS had terrific family films under the "WonderWorks" banner; in this one (and its sequel), Grimes had a talking frog. Now, more than three decades later, his career continues to be busy; here's the story I sent to papers:

"The Orville" gives our future a bright look and some curvy guns


I have mixed feelings about "The Orville." You probably will, too, when it debuts Sunday (Sept. 10), the first show of the TV season. But my feelings are thoroughly unmixed when it comes to the show's look. Carefully crafted by people who love science-fiction, "The Orville" is a visual treat. If you scroll down, you'll see the stories I sent to papers in my season-preview package. Now here's the story I sent about "The Orville":

Fox's fall: The Devil and Gordon Ramsay, plus music and whimsy


 

By Mike Hughes

Satan and Gordon
Ramsay will again be big on Fox next season. So will science-fiction
and whimsy.

Bluntly speaking, Patrick Stewart does it all


When I turn 75, I highly doubt that a dozen chorus-line beauties will want to chat with me, much less dance with me. But then again, I'm not Sir Patrick Stewart, a master of past kingdoms and future universes. Stewart is remarkable in "Blunt Talk," which debuts Saturday on Starz, rerunning often. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Oscar night: More music, more edge


The Academy Award show is Sunday (Feb. 24), promising more music and more comic edge. I'm sending a batch of stories to papers; here's the first one:

By MIKE HUGHES

As soon as its producers were chosen,
one thing was clear: This year's Academy Award show will re-discover
music.

Alongside that, however, came a
surprise: The show's comedy attitude is changing, too.