After announcing its new fall season, and teasing the new seasons of hits like "Glee," Fox had one more surprise up its sleeve at Monday's upfront presentation for advertisers.
Seth MacFarlane, creator of Fox animated series "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," told attendees that he was working on another show for 2013: a re-imagining of the first-ever primetime animated sitcom, "The Flintstones."
“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone,” said MacFarlane in a press release. “So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
The network promised a "modern day" take on the stone age family, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year.
Deadline reports that this announcement followed "complicated negotiations" between 20th Century Fox TV and Warner Bros. Television (owned by Time Warner, which also owns CNN).
This new take on classic characters is sure to be one of the most talked-about series in the next couple of years, not unlike the 1994 live-action movie, which starred John Goodman.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to MacFarlane's version of "The Flintstones?" Let us know with an iReport or in the comments below.
the 50 year old is hot...i am 44 and married but why am i in misery all i'm diong today is watch my dish channel so i can see what everyone is doing .
i actually think they should bring back looney tunes and merie melodies the way they used to be back in the golden age, ya know, little 7 minute shorts that they showed in the cinema before a movie, and that the only person that could pull it off is seth macfarlane. The only thin that would need changed to make it modern would be the cultural references and the era brought up to date, but just keep the formula the sam, example, elmer hunts rabbit, rabbit plays tricks on elmer, hilarity ensues. The way that the jokes are done in familys cutaways remind me so much of looney tunes golden age humour, that to me seth could give these once great animations the return they desreve in the way that they used to be. so forget about the flintstones seth, do looney tunes instead dude!
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I cant wait i love the flintstones
i'm so excited!!!!!!! please let thishappen!
THIS SHOW WILL OWN ALL SITCOMs :D
except family guy
Yabba Dabba Doo! The Alan Reed Story: OUT TODAY
The autobiography of the voice of Fred Flintstone is brought to life by veteran radio-theater producer Joe Bevilacqua and Alan Reed Jr.
This 5-hour unabridged audiobook is enhanced with rare interviews with Alan Reed himself, an interview with Joe Barbera, and clips from Reed's radio, TV, and film career, including The Fred Allen Show, The Shadow, The Life of Riley, Life with Luigi, Duffy's Tavern, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Viva Zapata, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Flintstones.
What is the record for most concurrent shows belonging to one guy on TV at the same time? I foresee a day, a bit like the deal with all restaurants being Taco Bell's in Demolition Man, that all Fox shows will be Seth MacFarlane's. He'll even have cartoon characters doing Fox News. (That, by the way, is the only way it could POSSIBLY be more of a joke than it is now...)
Great and amazing article you have shared with us.
I love how people come on CNN and argue with total strangers and trolls about the virtues of a cartoon. And some of you complain about Seth Macfarlane being a loser.
I feel like all of you that are worried about this guy ruining The Flintstones must never have seen it to begin with. As a few others have pointed out it was not only a terrible, asinine show, but it was an animated copy of another incredibly stupid show. I'm the last person to defend most modern television, but please stop acting like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and basically anything else on television, well..basically ever hasnt been complete garbage. Sitcoms, animated or otherwise, are, at best, cliche and mind numbing. Let this guy have his shot, it'd be hard for him to do worse than the original.
Every Flintstones gag ever done on Family Guy has been hilarious and spot on.
Seth is brilliant at what he does, and that's why his animated comedy empire is so huge and why they give him so much power and so much money. The guy has some incredible talent. Way too many haters. Lighten up.
Could be great. Could be horrendous. Guess we'll find out. I, for one, am curious. If it sucks, I won't watch it. The end.
If this was the same Seth McFarlene that made the first two seasons of Family Guy, then I'd give this a chance. Be as it may now, though... eh. Let a mediocre cartoon lay to rest. Seth just doesn't have the same steam as before, and even then, one could argue that he never had it, considering he was taking a lot of inspiration from the Simpsons and Flintstones to begin with. Just let it be. Hopefully it'll have a short run and it can be done with soon.
AWESOME NEWS!! CAN'T WAIT!!!
The Flintstones sucked! Even when I was a little kid I knew that this was the worst, most derivative and laziest form of cartooning imaginable. Seth's even mocked the series on Family Guy before. I am amazed he would want to do his own take on it. To those who don't think his work is genius I offer that Family Guy, in particular, and American Dad and The Cleveland Show are a mix of roughly 50% brilliant humor on top of 50% immature fart jokes. The problem is that if you aren't smart enough to get the smart jokes in them, you only get the base ones and think there is only 50% as much humor as there actually is in the shows and that all of it is asinine. MacFarlain does not "steal" his humor from anywhere. It is unique and brilliant but not for everyone.
famly guy. american dad, clevland show verry funny lots of jokes many hidden u can watch it again and again if you have a good sense of humour or an open mind.
original Flintstones was dull, go seth make it funny.
P.s his shows are not getting thin he is not overstretched, YOU ARE. stop watching tv, put all your free time into Bible reading or something
Fellas, I know all of you are upset about this and I am too. In the new FOX verision, you won't hear Alan Reed's voice, you won't hear Mel Blanc's voice, nor Jean Vander Pyl's and Bea Benaderet's eiether. It will be freakin stupid.
LARRY AND STEVE
I love these shows get ride of south park. Redo the jetsons
I don't know if it will work or not, but there's nothing wrong with giving it a try (the new Looney Tunes show on Cartoon Network is pretty good).
That being said, Seth is spreading himself out pretty thin - Family Guy has suffered as he expanded to American Dad and The Cleveland Show.
I just watched the OJ episode and had to listen to two and a half minutes of Conway Twitty sing. What kind of genius is that? Family Guy IS losing steam and he knows it but, to try and redo The Flintstones? Come on genius, think of something on your own.
So unnecessary that I won't watch it. I don't even *want* to. And normally, I'm a MacFarlane fan. But there's just no reason to do it. The Flintstones as we know them ARE The Flintstones.
The Flintstones wasn't a good show. I don't know what you're all so upset about. Seth's taking a puddle of cold vomit and puking new life into it.
great. he'll ruin a favorite of mine.
Who are the Flintstones??? Never seen or heard of them before, we don't have TV's in Bedrock...
NO Freaking WAY!!! If he made The Family Guy, he'll surely TRASH the Flinstones!! I hate the Family Guy and I won't let it run on ANY TV in our house. It's gross and perverted!! Somebody stop this guy before he ruins a great cartoon sitcom!!! Aaaaaak!!!
Sorry – but here we go once again. VERY RARELY does a re-do end up to our expectations, no matter how low we set them
Let's just rebroadcast the originals, that's much better. OH WAIT – They can't make money on that!!
I'll tell you Seth is a smart guy, Family Guy can be clever in some occasions and crude and vulgar in other cases. It's a hugely succesful show with funny characters etc. This is similar to me responding on another forum a couple weeks ago to a guy who said shows like Family Guy, American Dad, South Park etc are nothing but rude offensive sickening shows just trying to gain the easy laugh, to him I responded South Park puts forward intresting takes on relligion, society and racism. If you are doubting this watch episodes 200 and 201 and you will see what I mean, I believe this goes the same for Family Guy. Seth's a clever guy and I think you are not showing him the respect he really deserves, you may not personally like him but that doesnt mean you should hate on him just because he's doing something you disagree with. In my opinion I don't think The Flintstones should be remade, but I'm not going to start hating on it before I've even seen it, so just wait and see. You never know Seth could suprise you ;)
I would prefer a classic such as the Flintstones, remain a classic. No thanks, I won't watch.
If it is gonna be TRUE to the TIMES and UPDATED.......
Will Bam-Bam be on Ritalin? Or Dino cursed with a Micro-Chip?
Still looking forward to it anyway! LOL
Enough with the freaking reboots already! Come up with some new ideas for Pete's sake! Not everything needs to be remade and are just fine "AS IS!"
Hijinx a-plenty on the 3 hour season premiere as Barney bets Fred he can't jump 'shark-a-sauress-Rex', special DVD extras to include Steven Spielberg being forced at gunpoint to watch all 118 career-stalling minutes of '1941', regale in the hilarity as Steven pukes the entire time....
I can hypnotize Dino to bite Seth.
Somebody above said that the show "Flinstones: started to change for the worse
when Betty Rubbles voice changed.
Bea Benadaret (Petticoat Junction)
Did Bettys voice for the complete run of the series.
Flintstones, Family Guy (Modern Flintstones), American Dad (Republican Family Guy), The Cleavland Show (Black Family Guy), Flinstones (Stone-Age Family Guy). At some point, this cycle is going to become the animated equivalent of Bansky selling a painting at auction that depicted the phrase, "I cant believe you people buy this s**t." (If we haven't gotten there already.)
Bad idea. Don't ruin the original (& the memories from our childhood). Seth will only pervert the original version.
Say it aint so....I bet Elvis Presrock is rolling over in his grave.
First, to say that McFarlane is not intelligent. He has how many shows on FOX again? I clearly agree with why reboot something like the Flintstones? Where is the need for this show? His other shows are clearly starting to slip in material.
What is wrong with today's writers? It's like they hit the wall at the end of originality. Everything has to be rebooted now. Not only that, a reboot of the Flintsontes in the hands of this guy will be a train wreck. He'll probably do the Jetsons in three years after that.
Yep, that's why I seldom watch TV anymore. Infomercials are more orignal than the regular programming.
Cat said it best: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Don't worry dum dums....In 2015 the show becomes a huge hit. It re-aligns the planets and ends global warming, and ends world hunger. Seth Mcfarlane is declared a genius and a satute is erected ((hehe)) in his honer and all are made to praise him!!!
ALL HAIL YOUR FUTURE OVER-LORD!!!!!
If it has adult humor like Family Guy then it will be great.
I actually like Family Guy and American Dad; however, I think a reboot is completely wrong.
“So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
Yes, I agree and we currently have a show called FAMILY GUY!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!
Come on guys!! Seth is a genius, he may have perverted our minds with shows like American Dad and Family Guy, but that doesn't mean he will ruin the Flintstones. He is a genius to try and want to reboot a classic. You guys don't complain when people have went on and ruined classic movies with reboots. And those movies turn out being horrible. Or even turning Comic Books into movies and they end up sucking. MacFarlane isn't going to ruin a classic show, he can only make it better. You all are mad because he is making more money than you, and your mad you didn't come up with the idea and pitch it. If WB is willing sign the rights away to give him a chance to do it, than let him. Don't judge him till you have seen the finished product. You all need to lighten up on the guy, at least he makes entertaining tv and doesn't care who he offends because he is doing what he loves. So give him a chance!!!!
the flintstones are fine but it saddens me for america that this guy has a career. Clowny Daggers, Y'All!
When will they remake my show? I'm tons better than Fred ... I mean, like I got a flying car!!!
Probably gonna be pretty chill.
There are no noodles in my crotch. There is a little bit of custard though.
A Flintsones reboot might be interesting to see, but I'm not sure if the silver screen really needs yet another cartoon where Seth MacFarlane can showcase just how much he loves the sound of his own voice...
Well possibly the most revolting and horrifying idea I have heard this year. Try something harder, be original.
This is a terrible idea...all Seth MacFarlane does is make the show with the same humor over and over. All three of his shows are the same thing with different variations of the same characters and frankly it's not even funny anymore.
we already have a flintstones reboot, it´s called the simpsons. what happened to originality? I guess it´s the Gaga-world we live in.
I'm sure this will suck so bad it will affect the weather.
Really? yet ANOTHER remake???? wil someone PLEASE come up with an original idea!
bring it on. the flintstones was a great show. i still enjoy the reruns you catch from time to time. it would be cool to see a remake, new story lines etc. if you dont like the idea then watch one of the other 150 bad programs out there, it's all garbage, look people its entertainment.
I am kind of excited because this was one of my favorite cartoons when I was little, but I'm kinda nervous that I won't like it since it will not be the same as before
Where's the Sabre Tooth Tiger that left Fred locked outside at the end of the show?
The original show was "inspired" by Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners. I think the new show will be inspired by Quagmire. Yabba Dabba Don't.
The biggest tragedy of 9/11 is that Seth MacFarlane missed his plane.
My dogs are named Fred & Wilma
SETH IS A BABE. GREAT SMILE!!
This is definitely a travesty. That crappy live-action version from 1994 was bad enough. You don't mess with a classic. Hanna and Barbera are rolling in their graves.
Watch Harvey Birdman and tell me Hannah Barbara are grave rolling. These guys would love Seth.
I am actually excited for it! He will bring this show into the 21st century!
cannot belive this is happening.
Bam bam vs. Stewie! Bam is in for some serious pain...
Who is he?
Anyway, you can't re-create The Flintstones! Not in the way he wants it done! I thought the movie was good, and a good re-enactment of the cartoon, but an animated comedy show? I don't think so.....
Ok..anyone who thought the movie was good.. I have doubts about their opinions regarding anything on entertainment.
Uh...how about no?
Seth is such a dum-dum.
Proving once again there is absolutely, positively zero creativity to be found in Hollywood. Everything, and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G on television or in the cinema is a rung-out and tired retread. I see kid's shows doing 50 year old Lucille Ball skits regularly.
Where the hell did all the talent in Hollywood go? I want to see something new, fresh, exciting, that is NOT a damn reality show. I do not want to watch Flinstones-Rehashed. Yabba dabba DUD!!!
It will only be good if he brings back Ann Margrock.
Seth might be able to make it a funny from an adult perspective, but honestly, he should just leave it alone. The Flintstones are a classic. Don't mess with the classics. He should just come up with his own thing, or target something other than the Flintstones
I thought, apparently wrongly, that he had more "artistic" integrity than that.
This reminds me of the time my Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Fred Flint-Griffin....
Chicken pot pie, my three favorite things.
I would love to see the Flintstones return with updated episodes, but not by this guy. I am not of fan of his style of humor.
So is Family Guy MacFarlane's reboot of the Simpsons?
I guess that would make American Dad MacFarlen's reboot of Family Guy (which is really just a reboot of the Simpsons)
And that would make The Cleveland Show a reboot of ??? Damn, this is getting confusing.
Family Guy is awesome, but do we really need a 4th show from MacFarlane?
I mean how much input does he actually have on American Dad and The Cleveland Show (neither of which I watch).
At some point people just spread themselves too thin and that results in a watered down product (See CSI x3 or Law & Order x3).
awful! he is not creative or original...
I really feel that they keep changing things so that the younger crowd will watch. I don't really like his work, That is just me. BUT don't change a good show that even my grandson's enjoy AS IS. Leave it the way it is.
Hey, Yogi, how many pic-a-nick baskets did you steal today?
Jules above is close to right. Instead of marking the date of 2010–I'd mark your calendar to May 21 Kiribati/Christmas Island Times.
This is a disaster in the making for the Flintstones – something akin to watching Hurricane Katrina trek across the Gulf. Please please do not let this hack hack up this beloved cartoon. Just look at his current and past work and you'll see that McFarland does not have the ability to do this.
Great. I can see it now . . .
"Hey Barney, this reminds me of the time you and David Hasselrock got in a food fight while shopping for a pet sabertooth."
And then all the frat boys crack up and say,
"Dude! That's hilarious! Pet shopping with David Hasslehoff is so . . . RANDOM!!! Hahaha. I'm bored. Let's watch a Dane Cook video."
"Reboot" is like the new "it" word in Hollywood and TV land. I mean they're no referring to Pirates of the Caribbean latest as a "REBOOT".
Nice marketing term. That way its not a "sequal"... bad, bad word, don't call it a "sequal" or a threqual! Call it a ...'reboot'. Sound more "app" like, more tech-y.
Silliness. But the masses swallow it hook line, its pretty hilarious to watch.
"Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
i thought that was family guy. Peter is fat and stupid and doesnt deserve Lois.
Which is the exact same premise as the Simpsons (which MacFarlane obviously ripped off).
Except The Simpsons SUCKS. Family guy is hilarious and has gotten better over the seasons. Season 1 was mediocre but season 2 – present have been great.
Wow, some of you are absolutely ridiculous. The man clearly has talent as one can see from his successful animated shows. I love the Flinstones as is, but I'm interested in seeing what he does with it
I like to see Wilma nude.
I love Family Guy and American Dad but can't stand the Cleveland Show. He should have stopped after the first two. I think everyone should leave the Flintstones alone, too many great memories, it used to be my favorite cartoon when I was a kid. All Seth will do is make them break out in song – aaauuughh!!!!
Oh lord this is a terrible idea. But to be clear, McFarlane is very intelligent. He has taken a show that is not very funny, and tricked people into thinking it is funny. I actually have more fun watching people watch family guy because you can see them laughing simply because they think they should. When a character repeats an action or phrase over and over again, that is not funny. But people get it in their head, especially when watching in groups, that this must be funny so they laugh at it. When you ask them to explain why it is funny, they can't. That's not to say Family Guy is not sometimes funny, it certainly can be at times, especially the earlier episodes. The Star Wars parodies are great too, but there in lies the problem, MacFarlane only succeeds when doing parodies, paying homage, or flat our ripping off other shows. American Dad and the Cleveland Show are pure garbage though, not even my friends who swear by family guy like that drivel.
Everything McFarlane touches turns to gold. And he is a great writer and producer. THE BEST!
Yabba Dabba Don't
I think that this is a great idea. Seth will put a whole new spin on The Flintstones and make it as funny as ever! BTW for those of you who are afraid that he is going to "pervert" your childhood memories there are a few things that you should know about cartoons this old school. They were originally intended for adult audiences (The Flintstones and even Looney Tunes), they were meant to entertain adults while making jokes and obscure comments about the state that our country was in at the time; not unlike Family Guy, American Dad, or The Cleveland Show. I was watching the episode of The Flintstones in which Fred falls asleep for years and wakes up to a changed Bedrock the other day and I saw several pictures of naked women on the walls of Barney's mansion. If you don't believe me then watch the episode for yourself! A good majority of the cartoons that we all grew up with as kids were originally broadcast to adult audiences in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. So to say that Seth is going to ruin a show made for adults by adults, when he is one of the few doing that with cartoons already, is just absurd and utterly ridiculous!
I think that was well put after reading a lot of crap on this page. I agree with you and think this could be a good thing. I have been a fan of Macfarlane since I first found out about family guy after it went off the first time. I started watching the frist three seasons on dvd and became a big fan! Since, he has made other shows that I have been pretty into as well and to see him bring back something I enjoyed so much as a kid, I think its pretty kool. If it doesn't end up turning out so great, well hey! Thats television. It happens. But lets all give him a chance here. And like several others have said, If you don't like the idea, don't watch it!
Well said. Seth will seem tame in retrospect. Social commentary and belly laughs...it's been working for over 50 years. I don't get that people aren't liking American Dad. The writing is superior to Family Guy in every way. Actual story lines.Excellent background musical choices. No cutaways to entire music videos (as funny as they may be) The family characters are far more real (therefore funnier) and they are balanced with the wide open palette that is Roger. Roger is "pee my pants" funny. Period.
It will be interesting to see how The Flintstones are treated by Seth. He could pull it off. The Flintstones were formulated and I think it would be relatively simple to bring it up to date. It might be fun. And if you don;t like it...
"No one's askin ya to smell it"
These are just cartoon rip offs of the Honeymooners.
Go for it, I would love to see an irreverent Flintstone show on TV. If it's as funny as "Family Guy" it will be a HIT !
I grew up watching the Flintstones and though I have watched Family Guy, I'm not sure how the reboot will go. Obviously, you can't do the same thing, but I do hope there will be some respect shown for a classic family cartoon. I have seen some reboots of various programs and cartoons, some work, and some don't. If done correctly, WOW! Please Mr. McFarlane keep the sensibilities that were the Flintstones, but by all means have fun. I will watch and hope for the best. As always, if I don't like it I won't watch, but won't condemn it because there is something out there for everyone!
Unfortunately your memories aren't paying the bills for anyone. Flintstones re-runs ceased decades ago and hey it's easier to "re-do" than invent: (ie Italian Job, Oceans 11).
Cry all you want but it's futile to resist....
@ palinwit, little Bristie can't play Pebbles. Pebbles is cute & hasn't had any plastic, opps I mean, jaw alignment! Ha Ha Ha ! (She could have been a good Pebbles! Stressing the could have been!)
Dumb Idea to say the least, Family Guy funny sometimes (used to be funny all the time) Cleveland show sucks donkey balls! American Dad again donkey ball sucker of a show. The last thing we need is another Macfarlane Donkey Ball Sucking Session. The Flintstones were a good thing... leave them alone. Here's a Novel concept for Hollywood an ORIGINAL IDEA!!!! quite ruinning classics!!!!!!!!!!
Unlike the 1994 live-action movie, which starred John Goodman, this won't suck.
Yeah, but Halle Berry was some excellent eye candy
I won't watch it if Gazoo is in. That's all I have to say about that.
I am a fan of all of Seth's shows, and look forward to this reboot. I am 34 years old and have realized that some of the shows I "miss" from my childhood have been placed on a pedestal for the only justification that they were on t.v. Try watching Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs, even Scooby.... can't do it, they are all so stupid...cuz they are written for kids. Many more adults than kids in the country, so I like animated showws written for adults, afterall.... I am still a kid at heart, but it takes a bit more to make me laugh, or even smile.
these cartoon shows are so stupid
Just don't make the Flintstones into another Family Guy or American Dad. Keep it innocent!!
Some of the comments here – i bet you don't watch his shows now – and if you don't, nothing is forcing you to watch this one.....
The comment from Seth – "...animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
That describes his current shows bascially.. so its just different characters in a different environment. Nothing to whine about. As long as he got the clearance from the current rights holder and he's not doing illegally – who cares
No remake of the Flintstones!......Boulder's rule.
Love it! I can't wait. Seth is a comedic genius. This will hardly tarnish any historical Flintstone shows. The originals will not be going anywhere. These will just be fantastically new versions. BTW, the film did more to screw the original series than anything Seth could do.
I personally don't care for MacFarlane's other shows but I think it would be interesting to see how this plays out. Obviously if he admires this show, I don't think he would twist it and make it perverted, but I guess you never know. I'd like to see his spin on things.
I'll absolutely watch it. Family Guy is consistently one of the funniest shows on TV and his other shows have all had their moments too. Hopefully they won't try too hard with this one and it'll just be funny.
I am so glad we never have to have another original idea ever since we have all this grap we can recycle. The flinstone's were terrible then and they are going to continue to be terrible. they were just a rip off of a truly funny original sitcom called the honeymooners. know what would be really funny, a non liberal bias anything. all to much i feel like i turn on the TV and I am in "1984". ya it's got its relevant moments, lets continue with something not retold, or re-imagined, or recycled crap! to bad matt stone and trey parker are only two guys, they seem to be the only originators of ideas here lately.
It's about time! I love the Flintstones, but it was outdated. I can't wait to see what one of the sarcastic genuises of our time can come up with to make the Flintstones relevant again.
Yabba-dabba-YUCK! the Flintstones is a classic that should remain wonderful in our collective memory, not turned into a modern filthfest like his other cartoons!
Man did they miss out. They could've had Wonder Woman. This would have to be as funny and raunchy as The Simpsons otherwise it's just a kiddie show.
If this is a modern day take, does that mean I get to divorce Fred to sleep with Betty?
Nice...can I watch?
I was The Flintstones' shark jump. Once was enough. I want nothing to do with this!
No, actually it jumped the shark when they changed Betty's voice (the animation also changed, which made the 'toon much worse). OR, when they added Pebbles.
"The version I heard was," the reason there were "complicated negotiations" was, the rights owners wanted a guarantee from MacFarlane that it would be pretty much a "straight remake" and not "Family Guy 2,000,000 BC" (especially as Fred and Barney have made cameos on Family Guy, so we have some idea what that would be like).
It's the end of the world as we know it
Hanna/Barbara must be rolling in their graves! He's going to turn a classic cartoon into the animated version of our screwed up society.
Um, apparently you never caught "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"! Only one of the funniest cartoons EVER MADE with more HB characters than you could count.
Flintstones? Seriously? The Flintstones were a cartoon version of The Honeymooners, so it wasn't truly an original idea to begin with. Why remake a copy? Meh.
Big Nasty, you got my attention, you hunk of burning fecal matter. How do magnets work?
Good lord, someone stop this man! Family guy died after the first two seasons, and the other two shows never achieved much beyond filling a gap in Fox's lineup.
Don't get me wrong, I'll give credit where credit is due: the first two seasons of family guy were brilliant. Accusations of plagiarism aside, I can't think of any other prime time show that struck such an artful balance between humor, character development, plot, pop culture trivia, and awesome vulgarity.
MacFarlane is a funny guy, but the shows have become stale, self referential, and increasingly reliant on obnoxiousness for the sake of obnoxiousness.
If only there was a talented writer/director who could be recruited to steer Mr. MacFarlane in the right direction; someone with an uncanny ability to blend sleaze, stupidity, and pop culture into art that's both meaningful and entertaining...
Oh wait, there is... and his name is JOHN WATERS.
Fox, for the sake of your fans, please bring in Mr. Waters to co-produce this project. Seth has had his fun, but he could use a lesson from daddy on how to turn such an iconic piece of kitsch into a masterpiece of camp.
More like GRANDdaddy. John Waters is 65 and hasn't don't much in the last decade in the way of writing/directing.
Um, no. I dont think Family Guy is funny, or any other of his shows!! And I hate the "new generation" cartoons. If you are going to re-do the classics... keep the classics just create new story lines. I know more kids who enjoy the original classics than the remakes of things. Technology sucks.
thats impossible because the kids who grew up on and enjoyed the Flinstones are too old to appreciate what seth is trying to do with. if you dont want to see a reboot on it then dont watch it. easy as that.
How many fools does it take to fill up a rant thread?
...the world may never know.
First off, if you are complaining about Seth ruining your childhood by revamping the Finstones, you are old and not in the demographic he is targeting. Also, I've seen your beloved Finstones, and it is a rip off of the honeymooners. If you think Seth is too vulgar or crude for this task, then you probably saw nothing wrong in how Fred and Barney treated their women, the 1950's cookie cutter world you cling to. I can't wait for this Seth. Gor for it, keep pushing the limit. It's my generations turn to decide what we want to watch. Either get with the times people or go find a bunker.
If you do not like older generations why would you want to see their shows remade?
Can I play Pebbles?
Bristol Palin is going to play Pebbles.
Sure Lindsay. Have a seat on my couch.
IN READING SOME OF THE COMMENTS, IT SEEMS WE ARE EARLY TO JUDGE SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT SEEN YET. LOONEY TOONS IS CURRENTLY IN THE RE-BOOT STAGE AND IS PRETY FUNNY. ELMER FUDD SINGING " GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH" CRACKS ME UP EVERY TIME I HEAR IT. SIGNED, 51 YEAR OLD KID WHO WATCHED IT ALL AND LOVED IT! PS WHAT'S UP DOC?
Imagine that ... Seth Macfarlane creating an animated series about a stupid fat guy whose wife is too good for him ... not like he's ever done that before – LOL!
LOVE IT – looking forward to seeing it, but hoping he doesn't go too far over the edge. That should be reserved for Family Guy.
I'm looking forward to this flopping.
There are already to many cartoons on television. We don't need any more mindless garbage. The Flintstones was great. Leave it alone.
Hell Yeah!!! I can't wait to see what he does with them!
MacFarlane is a mediocre talent at best. If you want REAL genius, then you need look no further than Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
You are so right. At least the guys at South Park had the nerve to make fun of Mohamed. The coward McFarlane did not. His disrespect for our veterans really annoys me.
That's kind of hard to do when they've only aired 3 episodes in the last 6 months, and none of which were good.
I'd prefer they take their time and produce some funnier storylines than rushing an episode out just to capitalize on what's in the news this week.
But yeah, McFarlane's extreme left-wing views are quite annoying.
YABBA DABBA DON'T
Great cuz thats just what this classic needs...a reboot from a hack known for recycling unfunny jokes. LAME!
VOICES............. Where are you going to get the voices? They are all dead!
Same cartoon character or new shapes & faces?
Some things are best left alone.
Just go ahead and destroy another American iconic family, what the heck. I can see it now, Stewie plays Bam Bam.
Um, isn't Family Guy already the "modern day" version of the Flinstones? I realize the tongue and cheek statement from MacFarlane, but seriously if Family Guy is basically the modern day Flinstones, what is he really going to do to make this Re-boot Flinstones any different?
Family guy was a more edgy and modren Flintstones.... American Dad was a different version of family guy... how can you guys take him serriously when his 2 most popular shows are about stupid fat husbands with wifes they "don't" deserve yet reflects every marriage in america?! Just saying.. its a formula that has made him millions why change it and why hate on it if you don't get the toilet humor every now and then?! Ya it caters to 16-30 year olds but that is the majority of the TV viewing audiance that dosen't watch American Idol or any garbage like that...
Not everyone loved Fraiser but it did well.... and face it there are more stupid humor loving people then intelligent humor people.. I'm just supprised not many people are on board the Seth train since he Bashes Bush every chance he gets....
I'll reserve judgment for now. Maybe he'll have more stars like me on. ;)
Why not! I could use the work!!
LOL Ann..wanna do a gig with the Beau Brummelstones?
"family guy fan"
clearly not educated....it's "you're" (as in short for "you are") not "your" which means belonging to. Idiot-even my 1st grader woulnd't make this mistake."
Just like your 1st grader WOULDN'T make the mistake of spelling it WOULND'T...
The orginal WAS a masterpiece. I just hope Wilma and Betty have bigger cans and make-out in the shower while Fred and Barney are at work.
Now THAT would give me an EROCKTION!
@ palinwit, You always crack me up! Thanks for that!!!
Did you hear that Boo Boo? theyre making a new show with our friends the Flinstones? seems that Holly-crap is using us Hanna Barbera toons and turning us to utter crap. let's not foget what they did to us in that god awful CGI live action movie that sunk to the bottom of the ocean,
Meh. It's not like the original was a masterpiece anyways.
If the voices can't be "spot on" to the originals,why bother? Imagine "rebooting" the Simpson's 50 years from now-Bart's voice is about as unique as Bugs Bunny's....and look what happened when they tried to do "new ones' without the originals-THEY SUCKED BADLY! I rest my case......
McFarlane can't logically turn the Flintstones into his brand of adult humor. and why is that? because if you take a fat guy with a woman that is too good for him, give him a blue collar job, put a 'sidekick' neighbor next to him, and give him a baby that is precocious and acts older than his/her age and try to make it more 'adult' then what you have is 'Family Guy' which is already on the air! Nope. won't happen. He's already done parodies of the Flintstones themselves in Family Guy (and Roadrunner/Wiley, the smurfs, etc. etc.) so that out of the way. I think he'll respect the legacy while bringing it to more modern times (as much as you can with a stoneage setting. Think of Fred carrying an iStone instead of an iPhone for example)
Good, I can finally stop colllecting unemployment checks!
I like Seth's shows – Family Guy, American Dad and Cleveland Show. They may be a bit low brow but are amusing when taken as what they are. I also love the original Flintstones shows. Much like Seth's current shows, The Flintstones poked fun at modern family life and featured pop culture references.
However, I think a reboot is a very bad idea. The Flintstones is great the way it is. Making changes and updating the pop culture references (Hey look, it's Charlie Shale from Two and a Half Cavemen) will not work. Seth should just leave The Flintstones alone and concentrate on keeping his current shows from slipping away.
Hated the original toon; won't bother watching this one either. Bleargh.
I CAN'T WAIT!!! McFarlane is a GENIUS. I can't wait to see what he does with The Flintstones. "Family Guy" is one of the most hilarious shows on television. Of course, it's not hilarious to uptight buttheads who think the world should babysit their children for them, but for lighthearted fare with a good dose of irreverance and risque...which are some things badly needed in this messed up world...Family Guy is tops. GO SETH!
I could not agree more! How does he come up with that stuff? It's genius! People just think it's all vulgarity but it's so much smarter than that.
So you bozo's think this guy is a genius, eh? Your obvious lack of intelligence and good taste is frightening.
Family Guy WAS funny until, oh I don't know, the third or fourth season when everything was repetative. But it's not hard to entertain you when you have the intellect of a 7 year old. And please for the love, get rid of The Cleveland Show. It's not funny and completely waste of a time slot.
Ha! MacFartjoke won't ever mess with me! I'm not fat & stupid like all his abismal characters. Just a guess, in this version Fred will exaggerate everything bad about Republicans, while Barney, Wilma, and Betty will be the wiser Democratic friends & family who tolerate Fred, and try to make him see the liberal light each week. Retttccchhh!!!
Da bi doo bah bo bi di goo bah bah.
Wow, for being the "older and wiser generation" you are all pretty childish. There's no disrespect in "rebooting" a show.
Back in my day I said the same thing.
Now get off my lawn!
Can't they just play reruns of the show? Why have MacFarlane ruin this, and turn it into another brainless POS like the other stuff he's turned out?
The original is outdated. Kids these days wouldn't get half of the "rock" names of stars like "Carey Granite" and such. If you're going to show the Flintstones update it so a new generation can enjoy it. And let's stop assuming that Seth is going to trash the show.
I like Dino
Dabba Dabba Goo!
like my husband Fred said, we will be speaking to our attorney today. so that this show will not be aired.
Wilma, Braney and I also have a lawyer we're seeing him later. we'll meet up later.
Wima, Barney and I also have a lawyer, were seeing him today. We'll meet up later.
No no no....American Dad is bad, I've never even tried to watch the Cleveland Show, and Family Guy is starting to slip. Stop spreading yourself so thing, Seth, and concentrate on just one show.
Leave the Flintstones alone....it is a classic series and this guy will only insult and revolt the series.
yes, flintstone's is a sacred american tv show, it should not evolve or come back into american culture. it was a monument to our greatness. and fred and wilma never farted. barney and betty never got it on... and there were no gay characters back in flintstone's day because they were stoned to death (except for the great gazoo, but he was from the future)...
i hope mcfarlane is crucified for this, how dare he tamper with this perfect show...
I don't see this working well, like the time that Seth MacFarlane made those animated sitcoms that included ridiculous non-sequitur cutaway scenes that served no other purpose than to pad their running times and amuse internet fanboys.
I like the cut of your jib. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to cutaway to a music number to take up 5 minutes of airtime since I ran out of fart and vomit jokes.
As long as they don't look towards Hollyrock for their inspiration.
"The network promised a "modern day" take on the stone age family"
Wasn't the original a "modern day" take on the stone age family? This is an awful idea. We already have Family Guy, Family Guy CIA version, and Family Guy Black version. Do we really need Family Guy BCE version?
this going to rock!
barney rubbles' son ,im now 30 years old and i think this show will be garbage! so does pebbles and dino. disrespect to our creators hanna barbera >:(
Family Guy was great at first, but then it became a crappy succession of, "Remember that one time..." jokes. Now American Dad is pretty good, but it's just what Family Guy was at the beginning. I've never seen The Cleveland Show, so I can't really say anything about it. The point is, I feel like Seth MacFarlane has too many shows. Fox is determined to make everyone a fan of him, when it's simply not possible. Plus, what's wrong with the original Flintstones? Why does there need to be a new one?
That being said, there will never be an animated show better than The Simpsons (though South Park comes close).
I'm sorry, but I actually liked Family Guy when they did more of the 'cut aways' about the 'I remember whens..." The references to pop culture were HILARIOUS. Now, since they've stopped doing the cutaways...it's not so funny.
Seth's Flintstones revamp will be hilarious. Just imagine the pop culture possibilities....
Is nothing sacred?
You are all assuming that Seth is going to make it a more adult cartoon. How do you know for sure? As he said he grew up on The Flintstones so it's possible he'll respect that. Why does everyone have to convict someone without proof in this country anymore? Wait to see the finished product before you pass judgement!
The Flintstones were pretty adult during their run. They did respect the sensibilities of the times and so there wasn't any of the vulgarity, graphic violence, toilet bowl humor, etc. that are currently the norm for today's animated toons like Family Guy and American Dad.
There is an outside chance that Seth will properly respect the material and sensibilities of the original. Unfortunately, his track record shows that his is (to date) incapable of writing a show from an innocent age. I'll check it out, but with 3 for 3 experience, expect a massive failure.
Would you make the same argument if the story was "Ashton Kutcher to reboot 'Casablanca?'" Would you still want to wait to see the finished product before you pass judgement?
I agree (for real this time). Example: Mat Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, created a very sucessful musical (The book of Mormon). My point: People who create Family Guy/South Park style humor have the ability to create good humorous work without the poop jokes. (But I love the poop jokes)
Sarah Palin believes that early man rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday.
You just can't help but to bring in the rocky road of politics into this can you?
Of course they did. It's easier to see Russia from the top of a dinosaur.
Prove he didn't.
Wow! You get the dumbest comment of the day award. There is absolutely nothing political about this thread. Clearly you have issues you need to get a hold of. No one who has their mind right is still holding on to anything Palin.
I wanna hold on to Sarah Palin! (leer)
I LOVE Family Guy, like American Dad, haven't seen the Cleveland Show. I agree, Seth is a genius. However, I also love the classic HB cartoons and I think they should be left "innocent". It would no longer be kid-friendly.
Seth is a genius? o.O
Seth is an idiot. He must have looked in the mirror to create his first image of "man". Ever since then all he has done is to remake the same show over, and over, and over, and over, and over.
Gee, why don't we just have Lady Gaga remaking Al Green, or Judd Apatow re-doing American Graffiti, or my 3 year old repainting The Mona Lisa. Seth MacFarlane, like Howard Stern and Mark Burnett before him, has lowered the cultural common denominator to the point where we are a nation of Neanderthals. The Flintstones was smart, funny and groundbreaking – everything that MacFarlane wishes he could be.
you clearly don't "get it"....Seth McFarlane is extremely intelligent, very talented and funny as hell. Edgy humor that makes people think and hopefully question some long held beliefs is what makes Family Guy so successful. Is it crude at times? Yes, but at the same time it is exceedingly smart. I frankly don't think the Flintstones needed to be re-done, but hey-give it a shot!
@seth fan – LOL.... really. Seth is intelligent? He makes people think and question their beliefs? Hi humor is 'edgy'?? Through, what, his fart jokes delivered by animated fat guys? or gay/lesbian jokes from talking dogs? Yeah right!! LOL thanks for making my day. That's just too funny. He has boring low-brow jokes that are tired and stale.
hey those were some good ideas! I want to see all of that, including the 3 year old's painting! I also agree that we should have more lowbrow humor on TV, you should have your own column...great ideas!
I am soooooooooooooooo Happy to see the Flinstones come back to America@! THANK YOU!!
It'll take a genuinely funny sitcom and turn it into a modern day festival of disgusting and easy humor that morons can understand.
Agreed. It will be one juvenile joke after another. Family Guy is not funny and American Dad is an abomination of fail.
Me and the fellas down at the quarry think this is an awesome idea.
All we do is smoke weed
Sunday night used to have good shows, now its an hour and a half of this guys crap shows. Family Guy was decent at one time, now he doesnt have enough talent to fill 3 shows, let alone adding a 4th. Man, please cancel cleveland and american dad.
some things should be left alone and the flintstones are one one of them.what is he going to do have fred cussing and wife swapping with barney?and fox want to get rid of americas most wanted for this?
I hope he draws Betty with bigger boobs.
And Barney with a big bulge in his loincloth!
Hmmmmm, Betty gets implants, Wilma is doing Botox and Pebbles and Bam Bam are living in sin? I suppose Fred is a regular at AA too, or needing Viagra. Pu-lease, leave well enough alone and let the 'Stones retire in peace. They were a classic in their time. Best to leave it alone.
I hope it's full of scantilly clad prehistoric women with large breasts
I'm gonna have Bam Bam go all prehistoric on his azzzz!
Wilma and I are speaking with my lawyer today. We will not see our good name tarnished by this guy MacFartman or whatever his name is.
Absolutely not! FLINTSTONE!!!! Youuuuuuuuu're FIRED!!!!!
I usually like seths work but this is going to be an abomination.
Macfarlane your FIRED!!!!!!
That statement is from the Jetsons, not the Flintstones. Fail.
"clearly not educated....it's "you're" (as in short for "you are") not "your" which means belonging to. Idiot-even my 1st grader woulnd't make this mistake."
You misspelled wouldn't during your troll rant, btw.
Clearlt family guy fan you are not educated. You did not start your postwith a capitol letter, second whats with the ...? Lastly the idiot-even? the – is not need not is it a capitol letter. Fool.
Clearly. See at least I man up to my mistakes.
@osama obama – That would be capital letter.
Actually, his boss was Mr. Slate. . . . . . and like the Darrens in "Bewitched," there were two of them.
The Flintstones have already been remade, with the great Faye Regan as Pebbles. . . . . .
Count me out. No guest spots please.
I'm with my good friend Fred. Seth McFarlane is the absolute worst to bring us back. His work is vulgar and offensive and we are not.
Just because some of his work is vulgar, that does not mean all of his work will be vulgar. What a childish viewpoint. Look at Eddie Murphy, for example. About the most vulgar ever in his early days, now he does kid movies like Dr. Doolittle. Or is the "doo" in Doolittle too vulgar for you? And even if it does end up vulgar, you have two options on your TV that will rectify it for you: the power button and the channel button.
Don't want to see it. Don't watch it. It's that simple.
Says the cartoon character that used to advertise cigarettes during the show.
This guy needs to get stoned.
im pretty sure hes already stoned!
U got that right
I don't want this POS ruining my legacy.
Hey Fred – your legacy is ripping off the Honeymooners. This is a remake of a copy. I see nothing wrong with that.
Makes me want to throw up my steakburger. Please dont let him do this!!!
JP got it right. No one can complain about not being original. The Flinstones was the original rip-off.
Maybe he should do a reboot of The Jetsons, which was a copy of The Flintstones, which was a copy of The Honeymooners.
I'm glad someone said it. If Seth MacFarlane touches it there is no way it won't turn to crap.
In keeping with the gay times they should have Arnold the paper boy all grown up and gay.
I always thought Fred and Barney were on the down low
helll yea!!!!! I can't wait,mcfarlane is a freakin genius! this should be good! I also got 1st comment giggity giggity goo!
He will pervert our childhood memories.
Genius. Right. It takes a genius to come up with an idea that someone else had more than 50 years ago. Meh.
Hey great, another McFarlane animated show that will pander to viewers with references to cultural trends and fads of the 1980s. This time anachronistically/
Stupid idea, not cool at all. I like Seth but he cannot make the Flintstones better than it was. Can't be done, period.
People! People! Relax! The world's gonna end in 2012–MacFarlane's dream of tainting Bedrock will never come to pass. (tee hee! "taint")
Does pervert mean to 'make insanely great?' If so, I totally agree.
McFarlane is FAR from being a genius. Geniuses come up with their own ideas.
Wow. How funny... He makes a show about a fat guy who does obnoxious things and his hot wife and several kids... Followed by a show about a buff guy who does obnoxious things and his hot wife and several kids... and now! Surprise! He's rebooting a classic show about a fat guy who does brainless things and his hot wife and kids. Seth Macfarlane needs to get NEW freaking material.
Seth MacFarlane, if your going to do the 'Flintstones' get rid of that purple dinosaur
I love Family Guy. I do. But he's over reaching already. Cleveland show isn't funny at all and American Dad and Family Guy are running out of steam (maybe because he's got 3 shows to work on). I think he should leave the Flintstones alone. Remakes and Reboots are writers taking someones idea and pretending like it's their own. I refuse to go see remakes in the movies- because despite better graphics today- they're never as good as the original.
You people are nuts and I agree with this poster. Seth is a genius. If you don't like it, TURN THE CHANNEL!!
I won't have to turn the channel – I simply won't turn it on to begin with. Some things are classics and it is dissapointing that Warner-Bros. agreed to this. Also, play4free Dino rocked. Period.
Seth MacFarlane is a genius. Creating real characters true to our times (who doesn't know a drunk liberal like Brian or a womanizer like Quagmire) isn't the work of an idiot. And to understand and weave in pop culture, stupid jokes, and celebrities with ridiculous commentary on social issues isn't ripping other people off, it's being brilliant. And HILARIOUS!
OMG HAI! CAN I HAS PRANS FOR GENIUS MATCHINE?! Y U NO GIVE ME MATCHINE PRANS!? MATCHINE PRANS NOW!
I already looked at that. It's stupid. You have cut off that chicken's head on every comment board on CNN. Give it a rest. Try going back in time and learning to write better.
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