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#1 Posted on 1.3.04 0921.04
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http://filmforce.ign.com/ articles/495/495506p1.html


The Family Guy to Return
Production begins for a 2005 return to TV.
February 27, 2004 - Rejoice, Griffin fans, production is about to restart on The Family Guy. Seth MacFarlane, the brains behind the show, tells IGN he's been given the go-ahead and the only question mark left is whether the new material will air initially on Fox or on Cartoon Network.

"Cartoon Network will be involved regardless," he says. "Whether it goes there permanently or winds up on Fox first and then Cartoon Network remains to be seen. So at the very least it will be on Cartoon Network, which is great because at the end of the day that's where we built our biggest fan base. So I'm happy either way."

He's doing what he can to restore as much of the old writing team as possible. However, there are a lot of good writers looking for work in Hollywood thanks to the reality show craze.

In fact, the series lost a few people before season three began, but MacFarlane expects to get back more of the original writers now than he did when season three was in production. The voice over actors won't be too much of a problem since it's animated and the voice recordings can be done around the actor's schedule.

If production begins in April, as he hopes, MacFarlane will present the new material to Fox around December, and it will decide if it picks up the show for 2005 or if it goes directly to Cartoon Network. That may seem like a long time, but MacFarlane says it would take even longer to get something done if he didn't have five leftover scripts from the show. Three are in good shape but two will need some rewrites, he says.

His other pitch, American Dad, is still in production. He created the show with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, who were supervising producers on The Family Guy. He describes the show as "Family Guy meets All in the Family, designed to poke fun at the particularly intense political state we're in right now."

The dad, Stan, is an extreme right-wing Republican while one of his daughters is an extreme left-wing Democrat. Stan works for CIA and has an alien (as in from outer space, not an illegal) living with the family. Fox is expected to decide on whether to pick up the series this spring.

The resurrection of The Family Guy comes after a groundswell of fan support, the strong ratings on Cartoon Network and stellar sales of the DVD sets. The Family Guy Volume 1 and Volume 2 have combined sales of close to two million units, according to MacFarlane.

"I think that's what made them sit up and take notice and say maybe there's more money to be made off this property and this thing is not dead yet," he says. "Because of DVD and cable, the show has been able to build an audience that, in the past, a show could only build on a network. So it's an indication that the landscape is changing a lot."

Needless to say, he's happy to do double duty with The Family Guy and American Dad. "It's gonna be a challenge but this is what I do and what I love doing, so it's a monumental challenge that I'm happy to undertake. I'm thrilled. I think it's great," says MacFarlane.
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#2 Posted on 1.3.04 1007.43
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That is so damn cool ... I'd like to see it air on Fox just because it may get a bit more exposure, but I'll take it on any channel.
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#3 Posted on 1.3.04 1127.06
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Wow, I can't believe this is actually happening and I can't wait. Is this the first time a series was cancelled than fully brought back out of cancellation to its original format?
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#4 Posted on 1.3.04 1354.11
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Awesome news. Can't get enough Family Guy....
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#5 Posted on 1.3.04 1600.51
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If not mistaken, Nickelodeon techinically cancelled Rugrats around the same time as Ren and Stimpy, but the increasinng popularity of the reruns and the sucess of the movie caused them to resume production about four years later.
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#6 Posted on 1.3.04 1607.17
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I have to admit to being one of the people who completely missed it the first time around. It must have been on when something else was on because I never watched a single episode. But I recently got all the DVD's and cannot believe what I was missing all along.
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#7 Posted on 1.3.04 1720.29
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It grew on me...I'm glad to here it didn't have the final nail driven into it.
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#8 Posted on 1.3.04 1728.23
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Well, I must now BACKFLIP for joy...but here's hoping the quality doesn't take a downturn... The DVDs show that this had an awesome amount of potential...I hope burying and exhuming the corpse of it don't ruin what it had.
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#9 Posted on 1.3.04 1736.52
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    If not mistaken, Nickelodeon techinically cancelled Rugrats around the same time as Ren and Stimpy, but the increasinng popularity of the reruns and the sucess of the movie caused them to resume production about four years later.

Don't forget about Doug....that was on Nick for a while, then Disney must've bought the rights and started new episodes, "Brand Spankin' New Doug" on One Saturday Morning.
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#10 Posted on 1.3.04 1742.44
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    Originally posted by fuelinjected
    I have to admit to being one of the people who completely missed it the first time around. It must have been on when something else was on because I never watched a single episode. But I recently got all the DVD's and cannot believe what I was missing all along.

The final years of Family Guy was in one of the toughest timespots on Thursday night up against Smackdown.
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#11 Posted on 1.3.04 1818.16
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Johnny Bravo on Cartoon Network only had one run with its creator, Van Partible. Cartoon Network then went and made new episodes with a different staff a few years later. Also, Big O, which only had one season in Japan, but did so well on Cartoon Network that they bankrolled a second season that debuted in the U.S.
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#12 Posted on 1.3.04 2122.19
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1.YES.

2.Partible is back on Bravo... (which btw Seth used to work on as well, the originals of that show rule)

3.Give my sock back you goat bastard.
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#13 Posted on 2.3.04 0749.04
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When did Partible get back with the show? I stopped watching because all the episoded without him were poorly drawn and not funny. Now I have to watch again.
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#14 Posted on 3.3.04 1331.41
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There's a good write up about 'Family Guy' at E! Online ...

http://www.eonline.com/ News/Items/0,1,13622,00.html
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