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Family Guy Fan Launches Petition After TV Dog is Killed Off

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.”

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Glee Sings The Beatles, Album Available September 24

Get ready for some Gleatlemania! The Glee cast introduces The Beatles’ legacy to a new generation with the album release of Glee Sings The Beatleson Tuesday, September 24. Glee Sings The Beatles includes 14 songs from the first two episodes of Glee’s fifth season, which will premiere on Thursday, September 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The album will feature the Glee cast’s take on the Fab Four’s iconic classics such as “All You Need Is Love,” “Let It Be,”and “A Hard Day’s Night” (see below for full track-listing).

On the all-new “Love, Love, Love” premiere episode airing Thursday, September 26, the New Directions are back in action and take on their biggest assignment yet: The Beatles! As Will enlists the kids to pay homage to the classic song catalog from the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future together. Meanwhile, Rachel’s New York ambitions take an unexpected turn.

Beatlemania continues at McKinley with the “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds” episode airing Thursday, October 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). It’s time for the students to vote for prom queen and king, but when Tina receives a nomination, she takes on a fierce attitude that alienates her biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Rachel adjusts to a new attitude of her own as she and Santana work at a Broadway diner to make ends meet.

Since its debut in 2009, Fox’s Glee has pioneered the comedy musical genre, becoming an unstoppable phenomenon that has redefined modern television and broken multiple music sales records. From the anthem hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” to the widely praised mash-up of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You,” Glee has sold over 55 million tracks and over 13 million albums worldwide. Throughout its four seasons, Glee has also set a groundbreaking record for the most songs charted by a single act on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing records previously held by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown. With their incredible record sales, Glee has made a name for itself in music history.


Fox Animated Shows Loaded With Celebs This Fall

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.”