TVLine Items: Seth MacFarlane Is a Genius, Idol EP Exits and More

Seth MacFarlane Critics' Choice Awards

Lucky there’s a man who, positively can do, all the things that make us laugh and cry…

As it turns out, the Family Guy theme best applies to its creator, Seth MacFarlane, who will receive the Louis XIII Genius Award at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

The Genius Award honors those who demonstrate unprecedented excellence in the television arts. Past recipients include Ron Howard, Ryan Murphy and Judd Apatow.

Additionally, nominees were announced for the inaugural “Most Bingeworthy” Award, among them American Horror Story: Freak Show, Empire, Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black, Vikings and The Walking Dead. Fans can vote for their favorite shows here from now through the first hour of the awards ceremony, airing Sunday, May 31, at 8 pm on A&E.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* American Idol exec producer Per Blankens, who worked on the show for two years, is exiting the reality series ahead of its final season, TheWrap reports.

* The Goldbergs has promoted AJ Michalka — aka Barry’s girlfriend Lainey Lewis — to series regular for Season 3, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* Former NBA star Charles Barkley — a real-life fan of Suits — will guest-star on Season 5 of the USA drama, appearing in Episode 3 as a heightened version of himself, per THR.

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  1. Shaun says:

    Nobody hire Per Blankens…..made Idol even worse!

    • Lisa says:

      Huge surprise. Sinks the ship and bails.

      • Temperance says:

        Just like every CEO in America. They make rotten decisions while they make millions, an then every -3 years, they play music chairs so when it hits the fan, no one still there needs to take the blame. It’s the horrid way the world works right now, and it’s why we’re quickly spiraling into world changing economic collapse.

  2. Joey says:

    Referring to the likes of Seth MacFarlane and Ryan Murphy as “geniuses” sets the bar awfully low.

  3. David P. Graf says:

    Uhhh…that’s fine to give him an award. Just don’t make him the master of ceremonies. He set a new low for hosts at the Academy Awards.

  4. LadyG says:

    Buh bye Pers B. Don’t let the door hit ya.

    • MC says:

      The last two seasons were not exactly gold, to put it mildly. The worst part for me was that the judges were so scripted both in their words and in their actions. The producers wanted good talent prematurely kicked to the curb because they were not “marketable.”