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Comic-Con: ‘Family Guy’ Feature Film On Hold; Season 13 Guest Stars & Stories Revealed

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘Family Guy’ Feature Film On Hold; Season 13 Guest Stars & Stories RevealedSimilar to 20th Century Fox TV‘s Bones Comic-Con presentation, the Family Guy creators and cast also revealed a number of storylines for its upcoming season. In no particular order, Meg (Mila Kunis) becomes a foot-fetish model, Stewie is impregnated with Brian’s baby, Jesus returns in the Christmas episode and “the guys help him get laid,” said executive producer Steve Callaghan. And as discussed at TCA, there’s the episode where Peter tries to kick Liam Neeson’s ass. Other guests stars in addition to Neeson this season include Allison Janney, Julie Bowen, Lea Thompson and Jeff Garlin.

Related: Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates

Family Guy Comic-ConThe toon’s director and producer Peter Shin confirmed that there’s a looming feature film of Family Guy, but it’s currently on hold while creator Seth MacFarlane directs Ted 2. Said Shin,  ”We started some work on one a while ago, but it’s been put on hold. It might move forward in the future.” Callaghan mentioned that the upcoming September 28 The Simpsons Guy is much in the vein of a film.  MacFarlane would also like to do a Star Trek parody much in the same way Family Guy did a send-up of Star Wars: A New Hope with its sixth season premiere Blue Harvest. Airdate TBD.

Related: Starz Gives 2-Season Order To Seth MacFarlane-Jonathan Ames Comedy

A nice button during the Q&A included Simpsons creator Matt Groening taking the mike and asking, ‘Hey guys, what advice can you give a young, struggling animator? Please if you … Read More »

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TCA: Hank Azaria To Lead Voice Cast Of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox Animated Series ‘Bordertown’

By | Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TCA: Hank Azaria To Lead Voice Cast Of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox Animated Series ‘Bordertown’For two and a half decades, Hank Azaria has been voicing Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and a slew of other characters on The Simpsons. Now he’s add to his Fox voice portfolio Bud Buckwald. Ahead of its TCA presentation today, Fox announced that the Emmy winner will play the lead character on Bordertown the new animated comedy from Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane. It has not been scheduled yet, but given how hot-button the immigration issue is at the south border, Fox may want to bring the show on sooner rather than later.

Bordertown show imageExploring family, politics and everything in between, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. Azaria’s Bud Buckwald is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to Ernesto Gonzalez (Nicholas Gonzalez), an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for the less-industrious native. Azaria joins previously cast members including Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, Gonzalez and guest voice Efren Ramirez.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal News

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal NewsThe same day NBC announced it had picked up The Night Shift for a second season, the hospital drama jumped 25% from last week – from a 1.2 to a 1.5 demo rating– solidifying its 10 PM timeslot dominance. It was the night’s second highest-rated program, behind only its lead-in, America’s Got Talent (2.6/9). The Night Shift ginned up its biggest overall crowd (7.164 million viewers) since its May 27 premiere (7.669 million).

Fueling The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent was even with its most recent original in the time period (a repeat aired in the slot last week), beating its combined competition in the demo, while inching up from same night last year’s 2.4 demo ratings. NBC wound up with a 2.2/8 for the primetime night, and 9.686 million viewers. Next best was CBS tied with ABC, at 0.9/3 for the night. CBS clocked 6.22 million viewers to ABC’s 3.139 mil. CBS relied on repeats of NCIS (1.0/4, 9.967 million viewers), NCIS: LA (0.8/3, 11.927 million ), and Person Of Interest (0.7/2, 4.849 million). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, meanwhile, shed 10% of last week’s demo rating, for a slimmed down 0.9.3 (3.753 million viewers), after which Celebrity Wife Swap slipped 31% from last week, to a 0.9/3 (3.010 million).
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Billboard Awards Hits 13-Year Viewership High, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Family Guy’ & ‘Mentalist’ Finales Down

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

michael jackson billboard awards 2014A hologram of the late Michael Jackson reminded the kids how it was really done, Justin Timberlake thanked “everyone on Earth” except LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Kendall Jenner dropped the ball and Lorde wowed the crowd at the 2014 Billboard Awards (3.5/10) last night. Unsurprisingly, it was a mix of the awards show and finales galore on the last Sunday of the 2013-2014 TV season. Taking over ABC’s schedule, the live show produced by dick clark productions show was even with last year’s big surge and hence tied an 11-year high. While even in preliminary numbers among adults 18-49, the three-hour show was up 10% in total viewers to 10.5 million, a 13-year high for the show, which wasn’t televised from 2008-2011, and the best it has ever done on ABC since the network revived it (it previously was on Fox). America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) started the night for ABC steady with last week’s show. With the musical heavyweights doing so much lifting with the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show, it is no surprise ABC won Sunday in the demo (3.0/9) and total viewers (9.49 million). Read More »

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‘Family Guy’ Producer Aaron Lee Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

aaronleeComedy writer-producer Aaron Lee has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he has been under show deals for the past few years. He is currently a co-executive producer on the studio’s Fox animated comedy series Family Guy. Prior to that, he was a supervising producer on 20th TV’s The New Normal on NBC and a supervising producer on the studio’s Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show. “Aaron’s a fantastic comedy writer who is incredibly versatile – he’s equally adept in live action, single cam, multi-cam, and animation,” 20th TV chairman and CEO Gary Newman said. “He’s just a hugely funny, up and coming irreverent voice.” Lee, repped by WME and Morris Yorn, created and executive produced the MTV animated series Where My Dogs At starring Tracy Morgan. In addition to his series work, he is an in-demand joke writer, who served as Head Writer for Comedy Central’s yearly Roast specials.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rise, ‘The Mentalist’ & ‘The Simpsons’ Down

Bob's Burgers April 27There were no awards shows and no sporting events nationally on the networks in primetime last night, but it was a full house of originals across the board on the first Sunday of the May sweep. With everyone fielding a team for the first time in two weeks, on Fox the animation-heavy night started on fire. Coming off a series low on Easter Sunday last week, Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) had a massive surge of 83% in the adults 18-49 demo. That remarkable rise was followed by American Dad (1.2/4), which grew 9% from its last original April 13. The Simpsons (1.5/5) unfortunately did not get the same benefit, suffering a 12% drop from its last original two weeks ago. There were young lovers on the run on last night’s Family Guy (2.1/6) and the not-always best of pals Jerome and Peter had to find them; the episode was even with its last original. Tied with Once Upon A Time for the night’s highest-rated show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.4/4) was also even week-over-week.

The winner of the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating, ABC had a pretty good start to its Sunday too. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) was up 23% from it last new show on April 13. The good time weren’t just limited to unscripted TV for ABC as Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) flew 24% from its show last week. That’s a 3-week high for Once, … Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Family Guy’ Takes On NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” In Mailer

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 3:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

famguyIf there was an Emmy Award for most entertaining mailer, Fox‘s Family Guy would probably have little competition. Never known for subtlety in their Emmy campaigns, the producers of the racy animated series again are going for the outrageous. Peter Griffin is channeling embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whose administration had been accused of creating gridlock by shutting down George Washington bridge lanes as political retaliation against a mayor who didn’t endorse him. “Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter warns TV Academy members known for favoring the posh Los Angeles enclave. The mailer cover echoes Family Guy‘s 2010 classic that featured Peter as the girl from Precious with the slogan “Vote For Us Or You’re Racist.”

IMG_7132 CopyingFamily Guy is competing in the best animated program category. The show quietly switched back last year after trying for best comedy series for four years, an effort that yielded one nomination in 2009. Family Guy stirred a major controversy this season by killing off family dog Brian before bringing him back to life several episodes later. The resurrection episode, Christmas Guy, is one of the two submitted for Emmy consideration, while the ‘Brian’s dead’ one, which shocked fans, is not included. Despite certainly putting an effort in their mailers, the Family Guy team has no illusions about the mailers’ effectiveness. “If you’ve … Read More »

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‘Family Guy’ Brings Dead Dog Brian Back

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 7:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

family_guy_brianWell, we never bought that “Brian is dead” hysteria because it made no creative and business sense (read A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?) But many did. And just like that, after three weeks in heaven, The Griffins’ beloved pooch was back last night with the help of a Christmas wish and a travel back in time. Tweeted Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who voices Brian, “And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash. I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be fucking high. Oh and hey… thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Family Guy’ Rise, ‘Home Videos’ Hits High

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 9:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

afvABC’s Once Upon A Time finally wrapped the Neverland-set storyline that had received mixed reaction and resulted in a string of three series lows over the last few weeks. The downward ratings trend was reversed last night when action returned to the show’s original Storybrook setting. Once logged  2.2 in 18-49, up 16% from last week’s series low. Let’s hear it for America’s Funniest Home Videos. The series, which just marked its 24th anniversary, logged a season high in 18-49 last night with a 1.5. Despite airing at 7 PM, the low-cost clip show matched the performance of high-end ABC dramas Revenge (1.5 even with its last original 3 weeks ago) and Betrayal (0.8, down 11% from 2 weeks ago to tie a series low).

Following a football overrun, The Simpsons (3.0) matched the 18-49 result for its most recent original. Bob’s Burgers (2.1) perked up 31% from last week when its lead-in, The Simpsons, was a repeat. Ditto for American Dad (2.1), up 24% following an original Family Guy (2.6, up 18% from its last original 2 weeks ago.) Family Guy seems to be benefiting from the Is Brian Gone? mystery, helping Fox’s animated block to post its best rating (2.5) in over a year.

CBS’ fast nationals will undergo adjustments as its primetime was delayed 27 minutes by a football overrun in 11 markets, including Top 10 markets Philadelphia,Washington DC, Atlanta and Houston. For now, … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 2:27pm PST

Family Guy BrianA Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?
By Nellie Andreeva Family Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of the show’s talking dog Brian, hit by a car in last night’s episode. There is already a petition calling for the dog’s resurrection. While Brian was definitely positively dead and buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans are suspicious.

MSNBC’s Next Headache: What To Do About Martin Bashir
By Lisa de Moraes MSNBC‘s joint announcement today with Alec Baldwin’s camp that they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show leaves the cable news network with just one on-air talent headache: Martin Bashir, whose apology for graphic comments he made about Sarah Palin hasn’t ended chatter as to whether he should be punished.

alec baldwinAlec Baldwin Won’t Be ‘Up Late’ On MSNBC Any More
By Lisa de Moraes MSNBC and Alec Baldwin‘s camp announced jointly that Baldwin’s Friday show is toast: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” MSNBC and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik said. Added MSNBC: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Fallout: Lara Logan, Producer Take Leave Of Absence
By Lisa de Moraes Lara Logan, the reporter behind 60 Minutes‘ now-discredited story on the Benghazi attacks, has agreed to take a leave of absence from CBS News. Also taking a leave is producer Max McClellan. Read More »

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UPDATE: Hoax “Special Announcement From Brian” Site Follows ‘Family Guy’ Pooch Passing

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 8:36am PST

UPDATE, 8:30 AM: “The producers have confirmed that the ‘special announcement from Brian’ website is a hoax and was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network,” Family Guy studio 20th Century Fox TV said this morning, in response to questions about the site.

PREVIOUSLY: 6:47 AM: Did grieving Family Guy viewers get punked by Seth MacFarlane and gang? Did 20th TV fake Brian’s death to sell merchandise during the holiday buying season and goose the show’s ratings? Two days after the “shocking” death of the Fox animated show’s talking dog Brian, a countdown clock has appeared that promises a “special announcement from Brian” on the way — in 10 days and counting at time of posting — with the suggestion same grieving viewers should “spread the word.”

Related: A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone? Read More »

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A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Related: “Special Announcement From Brian” Follows ‘Family Guy’ Pooch Passing

Brian Dead Family GuyFamily Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of the show’s talking dog Brian, hit by a car in last night’s episode. There is already a petition calling for the dog’s resurrection. While Brian was definitely positively dead and buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans are suspicious. After all, Stewie is in possession of a (temporarily not working) time machine he and Brian had frequently used. If they were able to prevent a cataclysmic event like 9/11 in the controversial 2011 episode, altering the circumstances that led to Brian’s death should be a piece of cake once the machine is working again. Complicating the matters is the introduction of Brian’s “replacement”, new Griffin family dog Vinny voiced by Tony Sirico. The Sopranos alum was tapped for a slew of episodes — six so far, with a possibility to do more or even become a regular, which would make Vinny a permanent fixture on the show. Still, Brian has been one of Family Guy‘s most popular characters, and along with Stewie, is probably the show’s top merchandise property. It doesn’t … Read More »

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PTC Blasts ‘Family Guy’ For Jokes About Rape, Sexual Exploitation Of Kids, And “Internal Defrosting Of Frozen Hot Dogs”

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 8:00am PST

The FCC will get a mess of complaints about the November 10 episode of Fox’s animated Seth MacFarlane comedy Family Guy after Parents Television Council encouraged members today to file broadcast indecency complaints with the commission. PTC says it sprang into action because the episode contained explicit jokes about rape, molestation, sexual exploitation of children — and the “sexualized use of food and perverse ‘internal defrosting’ of frozen hot dogs.” PTC sent out word of the campaign this morning to the media, with a helpful partial transcript of the episode:

- Upset at being threatened by a bully and challenged to a fight, teenage Meg runs into the girl’s restroom. She finds pedophile Quagmire inside.

Meg: “What are you doing in here?”

Quagmire: “This is my base of operations.”

Quagmire’s phone beeps. Voice on phone: “Mr. Quagmire, the girl’s gym class will be in the showers in twenty minutes.”

- Quagmire recounts being bullied by a girl when he was in high school: “That was the beginning of a long, abusive relationship. It’s one thing if you put your penis inside-out in the safety of your own bedroom. But to have it done in the cafeteria? To this day, I can’t have sex with a woman against her will without thinking about rape.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Surges, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Betrayal’ Tie Lows, ‘Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Down

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

It was a good Sunday to be in New Orleans for the Saints and for NFL Sunday Night Football (7.0/17) last night. Week 10 of the season saw NOLA’s Saints take the Dallas Cowboys to the cleaners last night in a 49-17 victory and a NFL record-breaking 40 first downs. It also saw a strong 23% rise in fast nationals from last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game. In the 8:30 PM – 11 PM block, that November 3 battle got a 5.7/14 rating, which rose to a 6.3/16 for its 8:31 PM – 11:35 PM play in the final numbers. With their 7-2 season so far and team best record of 625 total yards last night, Sunday’s lopsided success was the Saints’ 12th straight primetime win at home in the Superdome. Sunday’s game was watched by 19.30 million viewers, up from last week’s  15.34 million. With live events like last night’s NFL game on NBC, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later this Veterans Day. In metered market results, the game drew a 13.0/21 during the 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM block. That’s up from the 11.4/19 that Week 9’s much closer 27-24 Colts-Texans game pulled in but down from the 13.5/22 that the Cowboys’ October 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins had. Last night saw New Orleans (56.2/73) as the top metered market for the game, followed by Dallas (30.3/47), San Antonio (22.6/34), Austin (21.5/35 and a tie for fifth place between Albuquerque (20.1/30) and Richmond (20.1/29). With a 5.7/15 rating, NBC won the night in terms of the adult 18-49 demo. It also took the top spot in total viewers with 15.797 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo
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‘Family Guy’-'The Simpsons’ Crossover Episode Set For 2014

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 3:24pm PDT

Call it Animation Domination Integration. Fox said today that a fall 2014 episode of Family Guy will feature those venerable Springfieldians visiting the Griffin family. In the episode, titled “The Simpsons Guy”, Peter Griffin and his clan get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson, who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The regular Simpsons cast (Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria) has been set. Both series are part of Fox’s Sunday animation block, which returns with new episodes September 29. The 20th TV-produced Family Guy will be kicking off its 11th season — a baby compared to The Simpsons, the longest-running series in TV history, which is in production on its 25th season.

Related: ‘American Dad!’ Moving To TBS In 2014

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Wife’ Finale Dips, ‘Revenge’ Up, ‘Red Widow’ Hits Low, CBS & Fox Tie To Top Demo

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

It was the fourth night of the May sweep last night, and it also was the end of the fourth season of The Good Wife (1.6/4) on CBS. Full of the corruption, cynicism and plot twists that have marked the legal drama’s latest season, plus a new Governor, the 9 PM finale was up 7% from last week but dipped 6% from the 1.7 of last year’s April 29 season finale. With 9.01 million watching, last night’s Good Wife was also down from the 9.97 million who tuned in for its Season 3 finale. CBS began the night at 7 PM with 60 Minutes (1.5/5), which was the most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers but down 21% from its April 21 show. The Amazing Race (2.3/6) also was down but just 4% from last week. Airing at 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.5/4) wrapped up the night, slipping 6% from its April 21 airing. With 9.60 million watching, CBS won Sunday in viewership and tied with Fox to top the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7. Read More »

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Seth MacFarlane Rips Edited ‘Family Guy’ Clip That Depicts Boston Marathon Bombings; Original Episode Pulled

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 4:37pm PDT

Fox has pulled the recent episode from its Fox.com and Hulu that depicted mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is peeved that an edited clip from the episode is circulating that makes it appear there was a bomb attack at the marathon — much like the real events that occurred yesterday that killed three and wounded hundreds at the marathon’s finish line. A Fox spokesperson confirmed that it has pulled the episode, which is titled “Turban Cowboy” and first aired last month, was pulled down today. YouTube also has marked some of the edited clips and discussions about the issue as “being potentially offensive or inappropriate”. In the actual episode, Peter Griffin is asked by Bob Costas about his performance in the marathon, and a flashback reveals Peter driving his car in the race, hitting runners as he goes (not that that isn’t offensive or inappropriate in its unedited form). “I’ll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Griffin says. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.” Later in the episode, Peter gets friendly with a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cell phone the friend gave him, explosions and screams are heard off camera. The edited clip puts the two scenes together, making it appear as if the explosions came … Read More »

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UTA Signs ‘Ted’ Scribes Alec Sulkin And Wellesley Wild

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:44pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ted co-writers writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have signed with UTA. This comes as FBC picked up their untitled pilot and moved it right to series, one of the few large commitments of the season. The writers had  been repped by WME.

The scribes co-wrote the Universal hit comedy with Seth MacFarlane, which grossed more than $500 million worldwide. The duo also scripted the Untitled Western that MacFarlane is set to direct and star in, this spring. They are also currently writing for the Academy Award telecast which MacFarlane is hosting. They are also expected to write the Ted sequel.

Sulkin & Wild have been writer/producers on Family Guy since 2005, rising to Executive Producers, and the duo is currently under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television.

Sulkin & Wild continue to be represented by attorney Ken Richman.

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UPDATE: Pulled ‘Family Guy’ Episode To Air On Sunday; ‘American Dad’, ‘Haven’ On Hold

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 7:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The first of the programs pulled by the networks in the immediate aftermath of the tragic Friday school shooting in Connecticut has been rescheduled. The original Family Guy episode, which was slated to run last Sunday, will air this coming Sunday. Last Friday, Fox opted to preempt both Family Guy and American Dad. While I hear the American Dad episode does feature gun violence, I hear the holiday-themed edition of Family Guy does not contain violence but, in a typical Family Guy non-PC fashion, pokes fun at religion, which was deemed inappropriate for last weekend. There is no new airdate set yet for the pulled American Dad episode. Another American Dad original will air this Sunday. Last Friday’s episode of Syfy’s drama Haven, which also was pulled out of respect to the victims because it depicted violence, has been held back too, and I hear won’t air until mid-January.

The networks’ pre-emptions this past weekend also included ABC taking down briefly the Thursday winter finale of Scandal from its online player. It contained a scene of an innocent family with two small children who had been gunned down. The episode has since been restored.

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