It's always darkest before the dawn -- "Family Guy" might have taken away our beloved Brian Griffin ... but Kelsey Grammer tells TMZ, Sideshow Bob WILL be making a triumphant return to "The Simpsons."
KG was out in L.A. this week when we got to chatting about Brian's death ... and conspiracy theories about the dog's return ... and Kelsey says Sideshow Bob ALWAYS comes back. "They've already killed him 20 times. He comes back a lot."
So will he be coming back for sure ... Kelsey says yes ... BUT WHEN??? Watch the clip.
Bring on the Reunion Show!!!
11/29/2013 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Cheers" star John Ratzenberger -- who played mailman Cliff Clavin on the show -- is 100% on board for a reunion show ... along with the rest of the cast ... but there's one thing holding up the entire operation.
Ratzenberger was out in L.A. this week when we asked about rumors the "Cheers" cast would be reuniting for a TV special.
John tells us, the cast is already fired up about the possibility ... but a reunion show would have to overcome one major hurdle first. Watch the clip to see what's holding it all back.
Grants Last Wish for Cancer Patient
11/28/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen single-handedly organized and paid for a cancer patient's greatest wish -- to hang with the actor.
Marion Minchuk is a cancer patient who has been told he has a month to live. Marion got in touch with Charlie's people and asked if there was any way he could meet him before he died.
Charlie invited Marion to L.A. ... he lives in Arizona. Charlie paid for 3 first class tickets -- for Marion, his GF and his nurse. He put them up at the Presidential Suite and the Universal Hilton.
Charlie took the 3 to the set of "Anger Management" where Marion got to sit in Charlie's chair -- it's a thing on the show.
Charlie then took Marion to his home, where a chef made lunch for the group and they went to the screening room to watch "Gravity."
Charlie signed an "Anger Management" script and signed a DVD of "Wall Street."
Marion was beyond excited.
'Killed My Show'
11/26/2013 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin is ripping a high-ranking member of GLAAD, blaming him -- along with a gay blogger ... for getting him 86'd from MSNBC.
Baldwin admits his angry encounter with a photographer is what started trouble -- but still claims he didn't say "c**ksucking f*g" ... and says certain gay rights advocates just jumped on him when they got their shot.
But Baldwin told Gothamist, "You've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy -- Rich Ferraro (VP of GLAAD) and (gay blogger) Andrew Sullivan -- they're out there, they've got you."
Baldwin added, "Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show."
Ironically, right after the incident, Baldwin gave Ferraro props for informing him that "c**ksucker" was a homophobic slur, and said he would "retire" the word from his vocabulary.
We're guessing the word popped up again in Alec's head when MSNBC axed him.
Buys $9 MILLION Malibu Mansion
from HUGE Reality TV Mogul
11/26/2013 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snowboarding god Shaun White just dropped $9 mil on the ultimate bachelor pad -- in fact, the guy he bought it from actually created "The Bachelor."
The property -- a 2,625 square foot water front dream home -- was owned by reality TV guru Mike Fleiss ... who sold it to the Flying Tomato for a cool $8,940,000.
According to our friends at The Real Estalker, 27-year-old White will be surrounded by some pretty famous neighbors ... including Owen Wilson and "X Men" director Bryan Singer.
It's good to be rich.
Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest
'I Love You, Monkey'
11/26/2013 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
FIRED FROM MSNBC
11/26/2013 11:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin didn't get a Cadillac Eldorado ... he didn't get a set of steak knives ... but he DID just get his ass FIRED from MSNBC.
After the actor went on ANOTHER homophobic tirade earlier this month, the news network has finally decided to cut bait on Baldwin, who hosted the poorly-rated weekly show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin."
Sources close to the firing say the decision to axe Alec was based, in part, on his recent homophobic outbursts ... when he called a photog a "c**ksucking f*g."
Alec immediately went into damage control mode after the incident -- but it was pathetic -- with the actor trotting out a male hairdresser to vouch for his love of gay people. He also spoke at a conference and professed his platonic love of several fellas.
A rep for MSNBC called the firing "a mutual parting" ... adding, "We wish Alec all the best."
Oh, and if you don't get the opening line of this story -- just watch the clip from "Glengarry Glen Ross." It's actually his finest work.
'Game of Thrones' Creator
Hobnobbing in the Shire
11/26/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Prepare for a nerdgasm "Game of Thrones" geeks -- TMZ obtained photo evidence tying the show's creator to that other world of fantasy ... the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy!!
George R.R. Martin took a tour of the Shire movie set from the "Rings" movies this weekend on the North Island of New Zealand ... where, BTW, Winter is not coming (it's Spring down there).
The 65-year-old author and screenwriter looked pretty stoked to hang with normies on the tour -- but still proved he's top banana in the nerd world. Dude, arrived by freaking helicopter!
Gandalf would be proud.
Brian from 'Family Guy'
All Cartoon Dogs
Don't Go To Heaven
11/25/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For Remote Control Domestic Violence
11/25/2013 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his girlfriend at their Hollywood apartment and he allegedly threw a remote control at her and hit her eye, cutting it slightly and giving her a souvenir -- a shiner.
Law enforcement sources say Turner -- who was a regular on "All My Children" -- will very likely dodge the felony bullet. We're told it's highly probable the case will be filed as a misdemeanor because the injuries were minor.
Don't touch that dial ... or else.
'Family Guy' Death
Strong Evidence ...
Brian's DEAD FOR GOOD
11/25/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brian Griffin is dead and he's not coming back ... at least that's the way it appears ... because TMZ has learned, the dog that's replacing him on "Family Guy" has already been booked for several upcoming episodes.
As we reported, former "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico will be voicing Vinnie -- pictured above -- after Brian was killed off in Sunday night's episode.
There's been a lot of hopeful speculation that Brian's death was a one-episode gimmick -- and that the dog will inevitably come back -- but that doesn't seem likely. A rep for Sirico tells us, Vinnie the Dog has already been voiced for another 6 or so episodes.
We're told there's probably even more to come after that, too. Translation: Brian's not coming back ... at least for a very long time ... and probably never.
Sirico doesn't exactly have a clear conscience about all of it though -- his rep says the actor feels horrible that Brian was killed off because the death of any character is sad ... especially a fan favorite ... but c'est la vie.
As for why Brian got the chop, a producer for the show said they just wanted to shake things up.
Catholics Demand Boycott
One Priest Joke Too Many
11/25/2013 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The leading Catholic rights group in America wants to organize their own hate campaign -- because they hate the anti-religious hatred they claim Bill Maher spews on his show ... and now it's calling for network execs to kill Bill's show for good.
The Catholic League -- which has had issues with Maher for years -- now say "Real Time with Bill Maher" finally crossed the line after a recent guest went nuts bashing Catholicism.
The guest -- author Dan Savage -- was ragging against a bishop who claimed kids adopted by gay parents have a higher chance of suicide. Savage's retort: "He's confusing children of gay parents with children who are raped by Catholic priests." Dan referred to them as "kiddie-f***ing Catholic priests."
Savage's remarks incensed the org ... so they sent a list of every "anti-Catholic" statement ever mentioned on the show -- going as far back as '98 -- asking every bishop to write Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, urging him to give the show the ax.
BRIAN GRIFFIN DIES
11/25/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Brian Griffin won't get a shot at a 3rd novel ... 'cause the martini-swigging, chick-bangin' family dog DIED on "Family Guy" last night.
Brian -- who's been on the show for all 11 seasons -- was hit by a car in last night's episode ... and died from his injuries.
Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident -- but he had JUUUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian croaked.
Brian was replaced by a new dog, Vinnie -- voiced by "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico.
Unclear if Brian will somehow come back to life in future episodes -- but we wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Brian was a good dog. He was an Iraq war veteran. a porn director, coke addict, police dog and (of course) a passionate writer.
Brian was 7ish ... or 49ish in dog years.