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FOX Issues May Day Call for ‘Family Guy’
LOS ANGELES ( “Family Guy” fans who have been clamoring for the show’s resurrection will see their wish come true in May.
FOX announced Monday (Jan. 17) at the TV Critics Association winter press tour that the show will air its first new episode in more than three years on Sunday, May 1. The network has committed to a full season’s worth of episodes, so it’s likely that the show can run well into the summer without repeating.
Also that night, FOX will launch the series run of “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane’s new show, “American Dad.” It centers on Stan Smith, an excessively gung-ho CIA agent who tends to bring his work home with him.
Viewers will get a first look at “American Dad” on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, when the pilot will be paired with a sports-themed episode of “The Simpsons” after the game. Come May, the two shows will occupy the 9 p.m. Sunday hour; until then, FOX will program reruns of “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.”
“Family Guy” also received the coveted post-Super Bowl premiere spot in 1999, but the show never got much love from FOX after that. It bounced around the network’s schedule for three-plus seasons before being pulled for good in February 2002.
The show’s loyal cult following, however, made it a huge seller on DVD — its compilations have sold a combined 3.5 million units — and repeats on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim performed well, prompting FOX to commission new episodes.
FOX also announced Monday that its new comedy “Life on a Stick” will debut at 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 23, in the cushy spot following the “American Idol” results show. The series stars Amy Yasbeck (“Wings”), Zachary Knighton, Charlie Finn and Matthew Glave.