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Fox postpones hurricane-themed ‘Family Guy,’ ‘American Dad,’ ‘Cleveland Show’ shows after recent storms

*Apr 28 - 00:10*

This Sunday, Fox was planning to air cross-over episodes of “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” revolving around a hurricane.

In light of the recent deadly storms and tornado damage in the Southeast, the network has decided to postpone the episodes until next season.

The concept was to have the hurricane affect characters on all three animated programs, all a brainchild of Seth MacFarlane.

In a story in Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane said Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly wanted a theme night like they used to for sitcoms  in the 1980s.

“There were talks initially of doing a crossover with all the characters from all the shows but it became a little bit of a conundrum because you have three different staffs, each of whom is used to writing three different sets of characters,” he said. “This idea of an outside force that sweeps its way through all three shows seemed like a cool way to accomplish that.”

The New York Daily News provided the plot summaries:

Starting at 8:30 on “The Cleveland Show,” it will slam into Stoolbend, where the Brown and Tubbs families are trying to kick back and enjoy their vacation.

At 9, it blows into Quahog on “Family Guy,” where Brian responds as he often does, with self-medication of questionable merit.

By 9:30, it has crashed through Langley Falls, where the stalwart citizens of “American Dad” decide to stay home and ride it out. This decision, like Brian’s, proves problematic.

We’ll have to wait for the fall to find out what happens.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

57 comments Add your comment

Jasonthecloser

April 29th, 2011
3:07 pm

teacher

April 29th, 2011
3:08 pm

why don’t they cancel this permanently

peter

April 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

testicles, that is all

Jasonthecloser

April 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Should have known not to post a comment on a blog about Family Guy…Jasonthecloser #2, whoeveer you are….get a life.

arlene

April 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

Not funny at all. All of these tasteless shows, along with South Park, need to go.

terri

April 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

smack smack digem smack give me a smack and i’ll smack ya back!

Atticus Joad

April 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

Some storm. Hits Virginia then Rhode Island, then back to Virginia for good measure?

JustChangetheStationandShutup

April 29th, 2011
3:19 pm

if you monitor your kids and just turn the TV, things will go better for you. Is family guy any different then porn on the internet? I LOVE FAMILY GUY

PR

April 29th, 2011
3:28 pm

Backscratcher, get your backscratcher.

Gonzo

April 29th, 2011
3:29 pm

Tasteless, maybe, I’ll give you that. These shows (especially South Park) can be very relevant and satire events of real life. Sometimes they just make a bunch of poop jokes. Either way, way too funny. If you don’t get it, change the channel back to Oprah and sit there and pout your miserable life away.

Bustin' Loose!

April 29th, 2011
3:30 pm

Since when does Fox operate with any sort of decorum? Rupert Murdoch will fire that CEO tomorrow.

Queen Nerfballteedi

April 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

Family Guy is racist white folk nonsense. But its pretty funny sometimes.

mcsleezy

April 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

@ teacher & arlene

just because you don’t think a show is funny doesn’t mean no one else does. These shows are clearly not targeting you as an audience (hence they are probably making fun of you). So just go back to watching Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry dress like an old hag or American Idol or top model or whatever the mediocore garbage is you watch that has been done 5 million times.

WhiteRabbit

April 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

“Family Guy” is just twisted–the artists and writers responsible for that have such a distorted concept of humanity and are so cynical to sell that garbage as hip irony. It should be “postponed” forever.

Roekest

April 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

@ Atticus Joad,

I had the same thought. However, knowing MacFarlane he’s already thought about that and probably has Stan address it in some way.

Also, I find it funny that most posters here seem to hate Family Guy. So, by purposely reading a story about something they hate SO MUCH, are they masochists who seek emotional pain or trolls?

DC

April 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

lets all eat a piece of pie with some CoolwHIP..

Sanquez

April 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

Wow, this is very intersting that Family Guy would take someone loss to heart. Its a good look to do this, it would be too soon to make the real funny jokes at the expence of everyones loss. I would like to hear the tasteless jokes though…Maybe they will make some jokes about the silly actions of Donald Trump and how he has taken credit for getting the Birth Certificate issue cleared up….dumbass Donald!

ajani

April 29th, 2011
3:53 pm

The comments are so funny because unless you watch the show you won’t get every other comment. Funny.

rob

April 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

DC… did you say………wHIP…….

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

I remember when Family Guy used to be funny. That show jumped the shark real quick.

Andre

April 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

I love all the Fox shows and Family Guy just holds a mirror up to America and shows us what we are.

Gangsta

April 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

Posse, Madonna, Posse. Family Guy rocks. Giggidy, Giggidy. Aren’t I the worse!!

mike scott

April 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

its butt scratcher not back scratcher you dolt

mike scott

April 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

quagmire should have got the spinoff

mike scott

April 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

almost forgot…..giggety

Quagmire

April 29th, 2011
4:28 pm

Giggity gigitty giggitty. Eh eh….allllllllright.

DW

April 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

LONG LIVE FAMILY GUY

Al Gusta

April 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

Family Guy has definitely lost it. In case these buttheads haven’t noticed, all three shows are the same. The structure and the jokes are identical. Lets try having a joke without a flashback. Oh and we don’t like Meg. Got it. Stewie is an alien from the future? Got it. I think there is another cartoon that has an alien right after Family Guy. Hmmmm. Yep, seen it. That being said, only Family Guy is somewhat funny. I haven’t made it through a whole episode in about a year, though. There is a fine line between funny and obnoxious. McFarlane has sold out with these three shows and has to be obnoxious, because he is out of funny.

At least South Park is relevant.

Gary

April 29th, 2011
4:52 pm

Nope…sorry….Family Guy is going to be around for awHile. :)

Gary

April 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

But Najeh is right. Family Guy still has it’s funny moments (the Star Wars episodes and the single character kill off show last year), but most of the time they do seem to have jumped the shark. It seems without Bush and Clinton around to make good political jokes and for some strange reason Stewie being transformed from a world dominating mad child to some gay love puppy who seems to really be affectionate to the family dog, the show really has lost it’s niche.

The funniest years were definitely from the re-start in 2005 to 2007. Some early seasons were great too, but not many of those shows can been seen in the syndication. Oh well….can still see them on NetFlix.

LuvNIt

April 29th, 2011
4:57 pm

I absolutely LOVE Family Guy & Cleveland Brown show!!!! LOVE IT

I’m wondering why a hater would take the time to even read the article. WAIT FOR IT! WAIT FOR IT!!! BAM-Keep it moving!

THE GHOST OF UGA V11

April 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

anybody thinks family guy is racist is of course that person might be a redneck racist themselves……..

THE GHOST OF UGA V11

April 29th, 2011
5:06 pm

all you family guy haters are redneck losers

THE GHOST OF UGA V11

April 29th, 2011
5:07 pm

by the way all you haters need an enema

funny...

April 29th, 2011
5:22 pm

You know, if you don’t like Family Guy, et al.

CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

You idiots act like you have to watch it. Quit trying to run peoples lives. Quit forcing your religious ideals and conservative agendas.

What’s really funny? The fact that these shows want people to be offended.

funny...

April 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

Let’s all go burn Beatles records because John Lennon made a religous comment

idiots

funny...

April 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

Classy move by Fox as well, but it’s obvious that these episodes are completely unrelated to the absolute tragedy that happened across the southeast.

John

April 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

They need more Family Guy and need to get rid of American Idol and Glee…NOW that’s garbage.

Death

April 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

Have you heard about the bird?

funny...

April 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

This tickles me in a way that if Loretta tickled me in that way I’d say “oooh, that’s nice”

John

April 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

Bird is the word.

Gary

April 29th, 2011
5:45 pm

Mamamamamama ooh-mow-mow, mama ooh-mow-m-mow!

haarp

April 29th, 2011
5:53 pm

we did this.. all of these shows are illumanati works..

MountainDawg

April 29th, 2011
6:18 pm

Family Guy was kinda funny when it first came out, but now it’s weak. I never watch the 2 copy-cat spinoffs. McFarlane is overrated and full of himself.

They need to give Unknown Hinson (of “Squidbillies”) his own show on “Adult Swim” (similar to the cable access show he had in NC in the 90s…”Wild Wild South” & “The Unknown Hinson Show”)…now that fella is talented (funny & can flat tear it up on the guitar).

Tyler Durden

April 29th, 2011
6:30 pm

Family Guy creator should have run the lineup. What’s next? Postpone a show for a royal wedding? Grow a pair!

Mr Herbert

April 29th, 2011
7:32 pm

You like popsicles? I got a wHole freezer full of popsicles in the cellar.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

April 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

Jasonthecloser, Funny, You telling someone else to Get a LIfe, when you are a loser to say, first, “who cares”?

Last-

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!

Nut up, America!

April 29th, 2011
9:39 pm

For the love of god, we’re raising generation upon generation of wusses. If you don’t like something, don’t watch it. Quit worrying about what your neighbors are doing in their own homes. Paranoia will destroy ya

Cousin Curtis

April 29th, 2011
10:47 pm

Naturally, any piece about a MacFarlane show (or in this case, all 3) will turn into a battle of “This Trash Has To Go” vs “Lighten Up Or Don’t Watch.” Precisely why I’m chiming in. I fall firmly in the latter camp.
That is all.

Bryan

April 29th, 2011
10:55 pm

They’re postponing the hurricane themed episodes until hurricane season? Brilliant.