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Television

Q&A

On the defensive over the offensive

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The new Fox sitcom “Dads” — co-produced by Seth MacFarlane — seems pretty straightforward: two 30-something Peter Pan-types (Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green) must cope with the challenges of having their sometimes pain-in-the-neck fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) reenter their lives in a significant way. Hilarity ensues.

Except some critics who’ve seen the pilot aren’t laughing. When the stars and some of the show’s producers — including “Simpsons” alum Mike Scully and “Family Guy” producer Alec Sulkin — met with reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, they fielded questions focused on jokes in the pilot about race and gender. Here are excerpts from the discussion.

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