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TED
May 31, 2014  | By David Bianculli

HBO Signature, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

With Seth MacFarlane’s just-released A Million Ways to Die in the West being hailed as the funniest Western spoof since Blazing Saddles, it’s a good time to see how the Family Guy creator got the clout to make his dream-project genre comedy. It’s by having stunned Hollywood with Ted, this 2002 comedy about a rude and talking stuffed animal (voice provided by MacFarlane, opposite human costar Mark Wahlberg). Upon its release, it earned about half a billion dollars worldwide, giving MacFarlane the chance to do whatever he wanted.

 
 
 
 
 
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