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Updates, Fall Premieres, The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover “The Simpsons Guy”, Brickleberry, South Park, American Dad! and the Simpsons/Futurama Crossover

23 Jul

The Simpsons Family Guy 1 Hour Crossover Special Event "The Simpsons Guy" Coming Sunday September 28 to FOX

UPDATED!

DATES TO REMEMBER, 2014:

Friday, Aug 22
-Series premiere of Bojack Horseman on Netflix. The entire series will be immediately available for your binge-watching pleasure.

Sunday, Sept 14
-Premiere of micro-season of American Dad! on FOX. A one hour block of two new unaired episodes (“Roger Passes the Bar” and “From Russia With Love”) back to back at 9:30pm.

Tuesday, Sept 16
-Premiere of Brickleberry season 3 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 21
-Final episode of American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”) at 9:30pm, before the show moves to TBS in October (see below for date).
Mr. Pickles series premiere at 12:00 midnight on Adult Swim.
Squidbillies season 8 (but really 9?) premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim. (Why is it not season 9?)

Wednesday, Sept 24
-Premiere of South Park season 18 at 10pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 28
-Premiere of The Simpsons season 26 on FOX (“Clown in the Dumps”, 8/7c)
-Premiere of Family Guy season 13 – the one hour Family Guy/Simpsons crossover event, (“The Simpsons Guy”, 9/8c)

Thursday, Oct 30
-Premiere of American Dad! on TBS (despite reports it will air on Mondays)

Sunday, Nov 9
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover “Simpsorama” slated to air on FOX

TBA..?
SpongeBob season 9 began in 2012, and there is still one unaired episode (in the USA), “Yeti Krabs”.

2015-2016 DATES (TENTATIVE/TBA):

Friday, Feb 6
-‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (the second SpongeBob movie, in 3D, in theaters)

Bordertown series premiere on FOX (spring 2015)

Regular Show renewed for season 6 on Cartoon Network (2015)

The Amazing World of Gumball renewed for season 4 (2015) and season 5 on Cartoon Network

Sanjay and Craig renewed for season 3 (2015) on Nickelodeon

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or whatever it will be titled this next season) season 11 on Adult Swim (2015)

SpongeBob season 10 is confirmed for Nickelodeon (2015?)

There you have it – more soon!

Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin from upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy" in September on FOX

Family Guy Kills Off Major Character — and Why We’re Glad (If It’s Real)

28 Nov

I don’t really know if we need to put a spoiler alert on this, but if you don’t know who died on Family Guy and don’t want to know yet, stop reading.

Otherwise, here are our thoughts on this development.

As most people know, on last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy entitled “Life of Brian”, family dog Brian Griffin got hit by a car and died. He was replaced with new family dog Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico from The Sopranos.

Shortly after this happened, people on Twitter freaked out, and now there is a petition to bring him back, with thousands of signatures.

The producers had been intending to have a character die (namely Brian) since the beginning of this season, as is evident in this interview with Family Guy producer Steve Callaghan. Some people even think that the move was a deliberate act of sabotage.

Many fans were upset with this development, but I and several other people I know are relieved by this. Over time, we have witnessed Brian’s progression as a character, and how he has become increasingly pretentious, self-righteous and generally awful throughout the show’s seasons.

After all, the death of a character isn’t new for Family Guy, they’ve killed off news anchors and bosses. The Simpsons plans to kill another character as well (in addition to Maude Flanders, and the inevitable demise of Edna Krabappel’s character), as referenced here. Apparently even the cast don’t know which character it will be. I think the death of a character can create good changes in a TV show. After all, things in real life are always changing.

Family Guy vomiting

I’ve watched the show since its’ humble beginnings, and have always loved it. I’ve seen every episode. I think that’s why I’ve been noticing Brian’s flaws surfacing, and it has annoyed me greatly. He has easily become my least favorite character on the show.

I think Brian’s flaws really began to surface in the season 6 episode “Movin’ Out (Brian’s Song)”, as his shallowness towards women began to show. Then, season 6’s episode “Play It Again, Brian” really shows Brian’s intense desire for Lois, and how he thinks his best friend Peter isn’t good enough for her. Also in season 6, in the episode “The Former Life of Brian”, we meet Brian’s son — but this is the first and last time we see him. Deadbeat father, anyone?

Further evidence of Brian’s shallowness towards women is seen in the season 8 episode “Brian’s Got a Brand New Bag”, where he dates an older woman, but becomes obsessed with her age and cheats with a younger woman. Three episodes later in season 8, in the episode “Jerome is the New Black”, Brian and Quagmire have dinner, and Quagmire proceeds to go on a long rant about everything he hates about Brian. The rant’s attack is intense, but after hearing everything Quagmire has to say, I seriously agreed that pretty much everything he says is true.

To read bits of Quagmire’s rant, check out this article.

After season 8’s developments, I think the season that really hit it home (for me) about how awful of a character Brian is was season 9. In “Excellence in Broadcasting”, one of my least favorite episodes of Family Guy ever, you see Brian’s preconceived notions of politics backfire on him, and he eventually completely changes his political position completely. But then, by the end of the episode, he reverts totally back to his original stance! In season 9’s “Brian Writes a Bestseller”, Brian fully shows his terrible true colors. Stewie and Brian have always had such a great connection on the show. In this episode, Stewie tries to help Brian with his phony self-help book by becoming his publicist. But despite that, Brian becomes a total jerk, constantly berating and eventually firing Stewie! This was another episode I pretty much hated. Finally, season 9’s “Tiegs for Two” continues to portray Brian as a shallow, ridiculous character, and he has his second major on-screen feud with Quagmire.

Remember this?

Remember this?

Perhaps ironically, in season 10, Brian tells Peter how the Tea Party is a “tool of big business”. And then in Family Guy‘s 11th season, “Brian’s Play” again features success going to Brian’s head despite his lack of writing talent.

All of these arguments, despite the fantastic episodes with Stewie and Brian as a comedic team, are the reasons why I am glad Family Guy‘s writers decided to kill off Brian. I think Vinny will be an interesting development in the show.

At first, I thought the whole thing was a gag only to have Brian reappear, or that Vinny would have secretly bad intentions (as ‘New Brian’ did, and was quickly killed in season 7’s “The Man with Two Brians”). However, by the end of the episode, you see a bond with new chemistry form between Stewie and Vinny.

This death of a character and addition of a new character may actually end up helping the freshness of the series. After all, Seth MacFarlane himself has said he thought the show should have already ended.

We also need to consider the possibility that they are intending to bring Brian back. People are even making hoax sites such as this one, of which the Family Guy producers deny any involvement.

If Brian truly is dead, here is TMZ’s “Remembering Brian Griffin” feature in his memory. I do have respect for his longevity (if he really is gone). Many people say they will no longer watch the show without Brian, but I know I will, and I will be happy about doing so.