Wednesday, November 19, 2003
20th Century Fox is considering a plan to resume production of Family Guy, a sometimes crude animated comedy that the Fox network took off the air more than 18 months ago.
As many as 35 new episodes could return in January 2005, marking the first time that a canceled series has been revived based on strong DVD demand and ratings in syndication.
Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow said a decision is expected soon and called the series a late-blooming phenomenon that may have aired before its time.
A DVD set of the show's first 28 episodes released in April has sold nearly 1 million copies, making it this year's top-selling TV show and the No. 4 television title ever. A second collection, of 22 episodes, has sold 520,000 copies. And the series is Cartoon Network's most popular among adults.
Gotta admit, I'm pretty happy about the idea of Family Guy coming back. When it first hit, I figured it for a lame, LAME, Simpsons rip, but it's a show that's distinguished itself as a hotbed of the surrealistic and downright disturbing. Imagine Stewie, just a wee matricidal infant, waking up from a nap, finding a nipple in his face and starting to suck, slowly realizing that it's not his mother's nipple, but his father's.
Yeah, so, good show, Seth McFarlane should probably be kept far, far away from children and pregnant women, and Fox might have me on the hook for yet one more cartoon.
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