I think they originally planned to have just 10 episodes this season, but after Adult Swim bumped it to 16 they broke it into halves. (Or it sounds better to say it's one season of sixteen than to say it's one season of eight followed by another season of eight. Or it'll sell more DVDs. I can't seem to find the quote at the moment)
Whatever the situation, new episodes can't come soon enough.
Judge throws out Burnett vs Family Guy. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275612,00.html I believe in protecting your copyrights but they should've settled this out of court. In other Family Guy news, They're doing Star Wars. http://www.variety.