For those who think that maybe the return of the once canceled animated comedy series Family Guy has run its course since being brought back from the dead, you may have one pivotal team member on your side: series creator Seth MacFarlane. In a recent cover story from THR, the man who has been dominating Fox’s Animation Domination with series like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad, says he thinks the show may need to call it quits on TV. MacFarlane says,
“Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series. I talk to the fans and in a way I’m kind of secretly hoping for them to say we’re done with it. There are plenty of people who say the show is kind of over the hill. But still the vast majority go pale in the face when I mention the possibility.”
However, even if the series were to end, that wouldn’t be the end of the Griffins. Hit the jump to find out why, and for what MacFarlane had to say about the other new shows he has in the works, not to mention an idea that’s sure to be controversial amongst some very passionate sci-fi fans.
MacFarlane said he would love to be able to make a Family Guy movie every couple years, “Creatively, that would be the way to do it for me. Do a really fantastic final episode while the show is still strong.” Fans would be disappointed, but in a way it’s good to hear that MacFarlane himself knows that he might need to quit before the show overstays its welcome. But MacFarlane has plenty of new shows in the works, not to mention an idea that’s sure to be controversial amongst some very passionate sci-fi fans. More details after the jump.
Anyone who’s seen any given episode of Family Guy can tell that MacFarlane is quite the pop culture connoisseur. More specifically, MacFarlane is quite the sci-fi nerd, especially since he parodied the original Star Wars trilogy with three extended episodes of Family Guy. However, it sounds like he wants to take a more serious approach to another high profile sci-fi property. MacFarlane says he would love to reboot Star Trek on television. “I don’t know who would give me the keys to that car, but I’d love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience.” MacFarlane himself has appeared in a couple episodes of Star Trek Enterprise, so he’s certainly passionate about the mythology and long-running franchise. There’s not better time for a new series with the popularity of J.J. Abrams’ film franchise reboot taking the spotlight.
Though MacFarlane may only have pipedreams of a new Star Trek series, the man himself has a few new series in the works already. First, his remake of The Flintstones is on the way, but he also has another animated series comingwith Alex Borstein (the voice of Lois on Family Guy) and Will & Grace executive producer Gary Janetti, who has written for Family Guy. There’s also some sort of live-action series in the works from MacFarlane’s Family Guy and Ted writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. So even with the end of Family Guy potentially on the horizon, the MacFarlane presence on TV isn’t going anywhere soon. As an avid fan of Family Guy and MacFarlane’s sense of humor in general, I’m eager to see what else he has up his sleeve.