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"Fox Reuniting Itself with 'Family Guy'"


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#1 of 121 OFFLINE   Jeff Jacobson

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Posted April 13 2005 - 01:04 PM

Here's an article about Family Guy (free registration (or firefox bugmenot extension) required):
http://www.latimes.c....ck=2&cset=true

Now, "Family Guy" is officially "uncanceled," Fox's website says. On May 1, fresh episodes will begin airing on Fox. How will it do in the ratings the second time around? News Corp. executives say it doesn't matter much. This time, their business model is not built around ratings-driven advertising but relies instead on license fees from cable and sales of new DVDs and merchandise — including coffee table books, CDs, cellphone ring tones and games.

The return of "Family Guy" illustrates the shifting dynamics of the TV industry. As the proliferation of digital video recorders such as TiVo Inc.'s device enables more people to watch TV when they wish, 30-second advertisements are losing some of their luster.

...Fox executives have ordered into production 35 new episodes of "Family Guy," even though the network has thus far committed to airing only 13.

"We're producing 35 no matter what," Newman said, noting that old episodes of "Family Guy" have also developed a following on cable's Cartoon Network. "Even if it doesn't work for the Fox network, the Cartoon Network wants them. By producing new episodes we will be able to keep this thing alive."

Cable channels Cartoon Network and TBS, both owned by Time Warner Inc., have dibs on the new episodes after their initial broadcast on Fox.

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News Corp.'s HarperCollins Publishers unit on April 26 will release the book "Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination," which features such riffs as "Why teething is not for the faint of heart," and "Why women are such confounding and wicked creatures." The 20th Century Fox film studio plans a "Family Guy" movie on DVD by the end of the year.

Fox Music partnered with Geffen Records to produce a soon-to-be-released CD titled "Family Guy: Live in Las Vegas." MacFarlane describes it as "a blend of the rich, lush arrangements of the classic era of Rat Pack Vegas shows combined with the fart jokes of today."

On Friday, the "Family Guy" voice actors including MacFarlane, who does the voices of three characters, including Stewie, will stage two live performances at the Wiltern LG theater in Los Angeles. Late this month, they will do the same in New York.


#2 of 121 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted April 13 2005 - 01:21 PM

Cool news, but I would have enjoyed the new episodes on Adultswim.
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#3 of 121 OFFLINE   Bill GrandPre

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Posted April 13 2005 - 01:26 PM

Fox treats "Arrested Development" like a red-headed stepchild yet they give Seth MacFarlane two shows when he couldn't keep one on the air before? What the hell is going on here?
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#4 of 121 OFFLINE   Sean Moon

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Posted April 13 2005 - 02:56 PM

You know why they are kissing Seth MacFarlane's ass? Have you seen the DVD sales for Family Guy? Its insane.
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#5 of 121 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted April 13 2005 - 03:12 PM

Off the topic, what ever happened to American Dad?
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#6 of 121 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted April 13 2005 - 03:16 PM

It comes back in May (and unless it's gets better, it'll be gone by June). The episode that played after the Super Bowl was just a preview of the series.

#7 of 121 OFFLINE   Bill GrandPre

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Posted April 13 2005 - 06:01 PM

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You know why they are kissing Seth MacFarlane's ass? Have you seen the DVD sales for Family Guy? Its insane.

Insane? No, we aren't talking "Lion King" numbers here. What you have with "Family Guy" is nothing more than a failed show exceeding expectations in terms of DVD sales. "Family Guy" has a loyal fanbase, I'll give it that. The fact of the matter is this: DVD sales and TV ratings are two totally different things. Let's say every single person that bought a "Family Guy" DVD tunes in to the new episodes. No, let's say that every single person that bought a "Family Guy" DVD gets ten people to tune in with them. It's not gonna be enough to keep the show afloat. Fox is taking a big chance with "Family Guy". They try to bring up figures based on DVD sales and late-night cable airings, but the 3 years it struggled on a major network are far more telling. Cartoon Network will always be there to pick the show up, but mark my words, MacFarlane's shows will not last on Fox. One needs look no further than your local "Hot Topic" store to see what Fox's real motivations are. "Arrested Development" may be a hundred times funnier than "Family Guy" but you aren't going to sell George Michael Bluth shirts to 13-year-old potheads.
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#8 of 121 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted April 14 2005 - 12:36 AM

What a surprise...a Family Guy thread and a Bill GrandPre bitch session. We get it, you hate MacFarlane.
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#9 of 121 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted April 14 2005 - 02:46 AM

Bill,

Nice threadcraps. You should get a prize. Posted Image Posted Image

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#10 of 121 OFFLINE   Robert Ringwald

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Posted April 14 2005 - 02:48 AM

I gotta agree a little. Though the show has definitely gained more interest on DVD. Most people had never seen it until it was cancelled, now they watch it religiously.

I have a feeling the ratings aren't going to skyrocket... but they'll definitely be higher than they were before. Considering the cut in the budget I think FOX made a wise decision, economically, in bringing it back.

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Posted April 14 2005 - 04:30 AM

Wasn't Family Guy the #1 top-selling TV on DVD release that year?

Also, to be frank, Arrested Development is clever and funny, but it may also be the most overrated show of the past 10 years. The drooling over it is becoming tiresome.
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Posted April 14 2005 - 04:54 AM

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Wasn't Family Guy the #1 top-selling TV on DVD release that year?


I believe it oustold The Simpsons and was a huge surprise. The DVD sales were what spurred Fox to bring it back, for which I'm very thankful.

For the record I love Family Guy *and* Arrested Development. I gave AD Season 1 DVD sets to people as Christmas presents - just doing my part to keep that show on the air.

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Posted April 14 2005 - 06:50 AM

If only they thought that way about John Doe or Wonderfalls.

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Posted April 14 2005 - 06:59 AM

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#15 of 121 OFFLINE   Sean Moon

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Posted April 14 2005 - 07:20 AM

I think it was the best selling TV on DVD set that came out that year. But didnt Chappelle Show outsell all TV sets?
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Posted April 14 2005 - 07:37 AM

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DVD sales and TV ratings are two totally different things.
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This time, their business model is not built around ratings-driven advertising but relies instead on license fees from cable and sales of new DVDs and merchandise


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No FG aired after the Supebowl. That was american dad.
The series premiere of family guy, the very first epsiode was premiered after the supwerbowl.

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Posted April 16 2005 - 05:21 AM

I never got into Family Guy when it was first on. I don't know why, it never struck my interest, the first few shows weren't that good, and the commercials can't really capture the essence of the show. Last August some friends got me to watching it, and now I absolutely love it. I'm glad they're bringing it back and maybe this time they can keep it alive.

So what do they do to Arrested Development that is worse than the way they treat most of their shows? Doesn't it have a good time slot? Isn't it in prime-time (unlike Futurama)? I see lots of advertisements, and I watch very little on Fox. Seems like for a Fox show, they're treating it very well?

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Posted April 16 2005 - 05:59 AM

"So what do they do to Arrested Development that is worse than the way they treat most of their shows?"

For the ratings that Arrested Development gets, Fox treats it like gold (which it completely deserves it). They've promoted the hell out of it, given it a great and regular timeslot, and run it steadily without alot of pre-emptions or reruns. The problem is that it just doesn't seem to catch on with a larger audience.

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Posted April 23 2005 - 11:40 AM

the first episode of the new season is HILARIOUS... the story wasnt that intersting, but it really has many lots of LOL moments... good to see they havent lost anything from their hiatus...

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Posted April 23 2005 - 11:48 AM

NickSo...where did you happen to see this first episode?

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