Brian, the Griffin family’s recently deceased dog, will be returning shortly to the U.S. animated series “Family Guy,” EW.com reported Friday.
Brian died in a car crash in the Nov. 24 episode and was quickly replaced by a new pet named Vinny, who is voiced by Tony Sirico.
Brian is expected to reappear in the Dec. 15 installment, however, exactly how he is to return is unclear, the report said.
“We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up,” executive producer Steve Callaghan told EW.com about the decision to kill Brian. “As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.”
A Family Guy superfan has launched a petition online lobbying cartoon creator Seth MacFarlane to bring key character Brian the Dog back from the dead after he was unexpectedly killed off.
The show’s talking family pet, Brian Griffin, was run over by a car in a ‘Life of Brian’ episode, which aired on the Fox network on Sunday. The animated Griffin family subsequently replaced Brian with a new dog, named Vinnie, voiced by The Sopranos star Tony Sirico.
Viewers took to various social networking sites to express their shock after the show, but Aaron Thompson from Alabama went one step further and started a petition on Change.org in an effort to convince Macfarlane, who voiced the cartoon pooch, to revive the character, who has been entertaining fans since the show’s pilot in 1999.
Launching the campaign early on Monday, Thompson wrote, “Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience. He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show. Family Guy and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show.”
More than 2,600 signatures have already been collected.
Meanwhile, executive producer Steve Callaghan has opened up about the headline-grabbing storyline, telling Eonline.com, “We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.”
Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Rachel Maddow and Daniel Radcliffe are among the celebrities lending their voices to a new season of “The Simpsons” this fall on Fox.
Wiig will be heard in the animated show’s season premiere on Sept. 29, voicing a high-strung FBI agent whom Lisa enlists for help when she suspects that something sinister has happened to Homer.
Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men” plays a grateful mom who names her baby after Homer when he helps deliver the child.
Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, producer Judd Apatow and Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” are among other stars voicing parts on “The Simpsons.”
Johnny Depp has reprised his role as Edward Scissorhands for an upcoming episode of Family Guy.
The actor has returned to the role for the TV comedy after first starring in the 1990 Tim Burton film.
Depp recently recorded his brief cameo appearance andFamily Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann reveals the superstar snapped straight back into character despite the gap of more than two decades.
He tells EW.com, “When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera. He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie. He was amazing – and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him.”
The new season of Family Guy goes on air in September.
Fox’s hit animated TV show, Family Guy, is taking the Griffin family on the road in celebration of its 10th anniversary for a 10 city, one night only, exclusive midnight viewing on September 15, 2011. The “Something, Something, Something Anniversary” Screening event is sure to delight Family Guy fans, from the hardcore to the casual, with an exclusive episode and never-before-seen footage, as well as trivia and special DVD and merchandise giveaways.
The screening events will feature an exclusive sneak peak at the first episode of the new season, “Lottery Fever,” in which the Griffin family wins the lottery and struggles to stay grounded. Additionally, fans can experience one of the most popular episodes in Family Guy history, “Road to the Multiverse,” as selected by fans on Facebook, as well as a not-yet-released 22-minute bonus feature from the upcoming Family Guy Volume 9 DVD slated to hit store shelves December 13 entitled “History of the World,” a telling of the creation of earth from a Family Guy perspective.
Additionally, fans who attend will have a chance to get their hands on new Family Guy merchandise courtesy of Fox Consumer Products, such as all-new interactive figures and playsets from Playmates Toys, games from USAopoly and a variety of Family Guy apparel, including an exclusive commemorative T-shirt.
Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved by RSVP’ing to the email addresses listed for each city below.
|“Something, Something, Something Anniversary” Screening Cities and Theaters:
||Regal Atlantic Station
||261 19th Street NW, Atlanta
||Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX
||201 Brookline Ave, Boston
||Kerasotes Showplace ICON
||150 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago
||Studio Movie Grill
||11170 N. Central Expressway, Dallas
||AMC Century City 15
||10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
||850 Rosedale Center, Roseville
||66 Third Avenue at 11th St, NYC
||Rave University City 6
||4012 Walnut St, Philadelphia
||Harkins Tempe Marketplace
||2000 East Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
||AMC Pacific Place
||600 Pine St, Seattle
The season premiere episode of Family Guy airs Sunday, Sept. 25 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
The brains behind the Family Guy and American Dad cartoon franchises has bought himself a flashy new ride – an exact replica of the DeLorean from Back To The Future.
Seth MacFarlane purchased the sports car earlier this month (Jul10) and TMZ.com reports he is adding $20,000 worth of customised equipment.
The original car from the hit time travelling movie currently sits on t he Universal Studios theme park back lot.