Kanye West to cameo on 'Family Guy' spin-off: Now will you watch?

Familyguykanyewest_lAs a huge Family Guy fan, I was surprised to hear last year that Seth MacFarlane chose to develop a spin-off starring Cleveland, the Griffin family’s slow-talking neighbor. Now, I love to see the guy pop in and out of scenes to deliver his deadpan punchlines — and he certainly boasts plenty of baggage for episode fodder, what with his love problems — but I felt like Cleveland’s measured method of talking would prove tiresome, especially since MacFarlane has found so much success with his patented rapid-fire writing and editing.

Of course, that was all before I found out today that Kanye West and Taraji P. Henson would be lending their voices to an episode of The Cleveland Show set to air in 2010. Any show that casts Henson in any capacity has promise in my opinion (memo to Hollywood: give the girl some more work!). Plus, I’ll tune into any program that features the oh-so-rare sight of Kanye West poking fun at himself (in this case, he’ll be voicing a rapper named Kenny West). And though I don’t find West to be as fun or obscure a cameo as, say, Quahog’s other West — that’s mayor Adam West for the uninitiated — the prospect of him coming back for more than one episode certainly makes Cleveland stronger (heh) in my eyes. What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you watch Cleveland now? Is this why Seth MacFarlane placed No. 1 on our list of the 25 smartest people in TV?

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  • Dwight K Schrute

    Kanye West can kiss my black ass. What a retard.

  • Melanie

    Uh, I definately won’t be watching. Can’t stand Kanye

  • Dave

    Will be avoiding like the plague. Can’t stand Family Guy, it’s anti-humor. I love watching those South Park episodes where they capture the esssence of what Family Guy actually is.

    • Dennis


      Ohhh so South Park is better? haha. yeah, right.

  • Michelle

    I would’ve watched if nothing else was on, but I can’t stand Kanye and refuse to watch/listen to anything that he is involved in, so that would be a H3LL 2 the NAH!!!

  • animation

    I was going to watch it anyway.. now just extra incentive

  • Melinda65

    I can’t stand Family Guy so I already had no intention of watching, but with Kanye added to the mix…double no.

  • chris

    now i know i won’t be watching it

  • Faye

    I have been in love with Cleveland ever since he got Meg the 3rd season of Sister Sister on DVD. But Kanye. I would love to dip him in honey and drop him off at a Bee Zoo. His too cool for school swagger is tired.

  • Sara

    To quote Cleveland, “No no no NOOOOOOOO!” (crash)

  • Shamrock

    Cleveland is by far the worse character on Family Guy. I can take little doses of him, but a whole show, no thanks.

  • craig

    Sounds not bad
    clevelands voice could get annoying

  • chris

    Gosh Dave, Melinda, et al, if you don’t care for either Family Guy or Kanye West, how did you manage to even find this article, let alone bother to voice your disapproval of the spin-off? Sure, you’re free to say whatever you’d like, but why waste your time complaining about things you don’t even like in the first place?
    In other news, I think Kanye West in small doses with the right amount of self depreciation would be good for The Cleveland Show.

  • Melinda65

    How’d I find the article? It was a very tricky process; I did it by reading the PopWatch blog. Why did I respond? Because the question was asked, “Will you watch Cleveland now?” Silly me, I assumed that Kate asking that question meant that she wanted answers.
    As for wasting my time “complaining” about things I don’t like, it’s my time, isn’t it? If every post in a thread all espoused the same point of view, that would be pretty boring.

  • Krisitn

    I would have watched, but with Kanye West attached… I’ll pass on that.

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