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Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago today, becoming a major influence on The Simpsons
Family Guy and Ren and Stimpy also owe a debt to the 1968 animated film, says former Simpsons and Futurama writer Josh Weinstein. “What I think is great about both Yellow Submarine and The Simpsons is it's for everybody," he says. "It's for kids, but it's for adults, and I think one thing is it doesn't talk down to kids. It doesn't bother to explain a joke that will go over their head, because it knows somebody will get it. And it's the same with The Simpsons. You have big, broad jokes, but you also have these really oblique references as well. So I think that helped influence its writing style.”
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Fox renews Family Guy and Bob's Burgers
They will return this fall for a respective 16th and 9th season.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Family Guy puts famous sexual abusers in one room, including Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey
Last night's episode featured a "Sexual Abuser Meeting."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Family Guy boasts in Emmy mailer: "We predicted Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein..."
"Open DVD to see who’s next,” states the mailer, which comes with a mirror.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Grant Gustin is flattered Family Guy's Stewie has a crush on him
The Arrowverse star tells Conan O'Brien his friends texted him after his name was dropped on Stewie's big therapy episode, telling him this was proof that he really made it.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Will Family Guy air a special Warcraft-themed episode for April 1?
The Fox animated comedy teased what might be an April Fool's joke.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Even Family Guy's showrunner was caught off-guard by Stewie's accent revelation
Stewie speclialist Gary Janetti, who wrote last night's episode, pitched the idea about addressing Stewie's accent, and Seth MacFarlane was game. “I didn’t know if Seth would go for it,” says Janetti. “(But) when he read it, it was hilarious, because he instantly read that voice that he does in the episode, which is this normal kid voice, and it’s very disarming. It felt very true. I didn’t want to do anything unless it felt true to the character because I’m very protective over him." Showrunner Rich Appel adds that he was caught off-guard by the revelation because “in my head I hadn’t even assumed it was an affectation. I just figured this is who Stewie is.” ALSO: Stewie's sexuality revelation, explained.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Why Family Guy devoted an entire episode to Stewie in therapy, without commercial interruption
Stewie and Sir Ian McKellen's school psychologist character will find themselves going "toe to toe" in the same room for the entirety of Sunday's "Send in Stewie, Please" episode -- with Seth MacFarlane delivering "a very ironically three-dimensional performance" that not every character could withstand. "Of all the characters on any animated show, Stewie seems like he potentially could both benefit from and be scared of therapy more than any other," says executive producer Rich Appel. Stewie specialist Gary Janetti was given the task of writing the risk-taking episode. "Stewie has done a lot of horrible things in the course of the series, and has he ever thought about that? What are the ramifications of the things that he’s done? The accountability, as it were,” Janetti says of writing Stewie's episode. Despite its revelations, Stewie's therapy session is designed to be a standalone episode. “If you miss this episode, that’s fine, it won’t affect your watching of the show,” says Janetti. “We get to learn more about him in this episode. It deepens our understanding of him going further, but I don’t foresee it’s something that will be acknowledged again — nor do I think it should.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Family Guy will air without ad breaks on Sunday
Sony Playstation will be the only sponsor of Sunday's Family Guy, which will feature one-minute ads before and after the episode.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Stewie addresses his sexual orientation in one of the best-ever Family Guy episodes
"Does he come out? Well, sort of," says Kevin Fallon. "The result of the episode, ambiguous as it may be, is nonetheless fascinating. It’s not only one of the best episodes of Family Guy in a very long time, but also one of the most nuanced and edgy coming out episodes of a TV show we’ve seen. Again, all centering around a 1-year-old."
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Family Guy to address Stewie's sexuality
The March episode featuring Sir Ian McKellen as Stewie's therapist will be "a two-character episode," says executive producer Rich Appel. "When Stewie’s with his therapist, they pretty immediately address questions of sexuality," he says. "The episode covers that, and then goes to deeper issues for Stewie."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Family Guy staffers reflect on 300 episodes
Two producers say Sunday's Episode 300 is their very favorite episode of the series, in part because it includes a gag about ranking the Fast & Furious films.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Hulu surpasses 17 million subscribers, says South Park and Law & Order: SVU were its most-watched shows of 2017
This Is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were also among Hulu’s top shows of 2017.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Seth MacFarlane admits he didn’t initially get Family Guy’s Harvey Weinstein joke
Turns out MacFarlane didn’t know about Weinstein’s sexual harassment problem when his writers pitched him on the throwaway joke on the 2005 episode that went viral amid the mogul’s sexual harassment scandal. “I don’t remember who pitched the joke,” MacFarlane said at the TV press tour. “I remember when it was pitched… that was a rumor I had actually not heard and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me: ‘Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going on.'”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Family Guy’s first extended episode will involve Ian McKellen as a child psychologist who treats Stewie
The “Send in Stewie, Please” episode will involve Stewie experiencing a series of personal and emotional revelations about himself. ALSO: Amanda Seyfried to guest later this season.