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Seth MacFarlane on Family Guy

Published January 21, 2009 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders
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Family Guy plans to continue shocking audiences with its politically incorrect comedy. Seth MacFarlane previewed some of the upcoming episodes over drinks at Fox's biannual party for the Television Critics Association press tour.

Seth MacFarlane on Family Guy

"We have a Lois Griffin abortion episode coming up," MacFarlane said. "We have a Stewie/Brian episode, where they’re locked in a room together for an entire episode with no cut-aways, flashbacks or props. We have an episode with Lauren Conrad, who guest stars. She dates Brian for an episode."

Then of course there's a whole new show coming, The Cleveland Show spun off from the Griffins' neighbor. That show will also have the random cutaway gags.

"Well, it’s the same universe, so it made sense to keep the same format."

Still, American Dad, MacFarlane's other cartoon, did not use that device. "American Dad is the same universe because there have been crossovers, but in our minds Langley, Virginia and Quahog, Rhode Island exist in the same version of the US. It’s different with American Dad because it didn’t come out of Family Guy."

Perhaps that's why they've already used Family Guy to plug The Cleveland Show. "We were just looking for a way to end the show."

Also coming up is the sequel to Blue Harvest, an Empire Strikes Back parody starring the Family Guy characters. Titled Something Something Something Dark Side, MacFarlane looks forward to presenting the gang in key scenes from the Star Wars sequel.

"The scene where he cuts open the Ton-ton. The scene where Darth Vader has set up that nice dinner table and the scene at the very end where Joe Flaherty shows up, and he says, 'I’ve got something for you.' He pulls out the letter, and Marty McFly opens it up, and he goes, 'Oh my God, it’s from the Doc in 1885.'"

Family Guy airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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