November 25, 2013 10:36am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Family Guy' Fans Petition Against Brian's Death
Hours after the death of smart-talking Brian Griffin on Fox's Family Guy, a fan petition calling for the pooch's revival has quickly become the top entertainment petition on Change.org.
During Sunday's "Life of Brian" episode of Family Guy, the Seth MacFarlane-produced series killed off the Griffin family's sophisticated talking dog, Brian, when he was struck by a car and run over as he prepared to play in the street with Stewie. Ultimately, his injuries were too severe, and he could not be saved.
Family Guy fan Aaron Thompson of Tuscaloosa, Al., launched the Change.org petition early Monday and within hours, the effort calling for the beloved dog voiced by MacFarlane to be brought back to life had already collected 1,500 signatures.
"Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience," Thompson wrote on the site. "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."
The petition links to a Facebook page -- RIP Brian Griffin From Family Guy -- that has already amassed more than 91,000 likes.
Brian and Stewie are the backbones of the series and often team to mock Griffin family patriarch Peter. Brian is one of several characters voiced by MacFarlane, who also brings Peter, Stewie, Glenn Quagmire and countless others to life on the series.
It's unclear just why MacFarlane and the Family Guy producers opted to kill off the character. Shortly after the episode concluded Sunday, Fox paid tribute to Brian with a short video.