“The empire is accidental,” says Seth MacFarlane as he sits atop the sort of rarefied showbiz kingdom — television shows, movies, acting roles, musical albums, merchandise — that only a handful of entertainment industry titans such as George Lucas and Walt Disney have known. MacFarlane, who is set to receive a star April 23 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, says there was never a plan to build such a legacy, only to work on things that make him happy.
The Emmy-winning writer, co-creator of NYPD Blue and creator of Deadwood says he began to suspect he might have the neurological disease several years ago.
The ABC series reaches an unwelcome milestone, falling to all-time lows in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
His single-day victories boosted the game show by 5% to a 6.4 in the week ending April 14, while Judge Judy earned a 6.7, keeping it at the top of the overall syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.
It began on a whim, a nutty idea in 1980 to provide weekday afternoon programming to a fledgling sports cable network that suddenly had a voracious appetite for content. Televise the NFL draft? Who’d watch that?
CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 will be the first game on the CBS Sports Network.