Q&A: Seth MacFarlane
Which Fox exec risked being fired to bring back the show, the actor who stormed the writers room after being mocked and the plan to call Jon Stewart for Oscar-hosting advice.
On Nov. 11, Family Guy will air its 200th episode, a milestone rarely achieved in television's increasingly fractured landscape. Even more impressive? The 20th Century Fox Television-produced juggernaut's journey to get there -- a path that included the then low-rated series being canceled in 2001 before being revived courtesy of a successful run on DVD and in repeats on Adult Swim. Today, Fox's brash animated series, featuring the voices of show creator Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Alex Borstein and Seth Green, regularly delivers 8.5 million viewers, many of whom fall within the hard-to-reach young, male demographic. Family Guy -- about the Griffins, a dysfunctional family, and their anthropomorphic pet dog -- has spawned a spinoff (The Cleveland Show), has been licensed in roughly 170 countries, including Hong Kong, Russia and Turkey, and sold more than 44 million DVDs around the world.
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