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At the Comic-Con “Family Guy” panel, producers showed a nine-minute preview of its upcoming “Return of the Jedi” spoof — but ruled out spoofing the prequels.
“This last one almost killed us,” creator Seth MacFarlane said. “It would be too expensive. The problem is we try to be as faithful as possible to the look of those movies to do that with the prequels, I don’t think TV budgets have reached that level yet.”
Added Alex (“Lois”) Borstein: “That, and they sucked.”
MacFarlane also ruled out doing more big franchise movie spoofs … except, possibly, Indiana Jones.
“We may tackle Indiana Jones,” he said. “There’s no one quite like LucasFilm for allowing us to do what we do.”
The “Jedi” parody is titled “It’s a Trap!” and the nine-minute preview was hilarious, better than the show’s “Empire Strikes Back” spoof.
Episodes next season include:
— Stewie goes to the North Pole and tries to kill Santa
— We learn that Lois did a porn movie “and we get to see it”
— Brian sells out and writes a self-help book and is on Bill Maher’s show, which will mix live action and animation
— Meg takes out all her pent-up wrath on the family, while Brian is freaking out on scrooms
— The hour-long sesaon premiere is a whodonit and is based on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” which characters will be killed off throughout the show.
A fan asked if MacFarlane will bring back the Down Syndrome Girl who so famously annoyed Sarah Palin.
“My guess is that at some point we will … despite all the Palin business,” he said.
Added a writer on the show: “I wrote that episode. This season I decided I’d even things out and write something that would offend smart people.”
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