Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why Seth MacFarlane Killed Brian

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said his creative team behind Fox’s animated hit was shocked by fan reaction to (temporarily) killing off Brian earlier this season.

Seth MacFarlane, Brian the Dog, Family Guy, Fox

“It surprised all of us,” the writer-producer-actor told a huddle of reporters after his Television Critics Association press tour panel Monday for his upcoming Fox astronomy documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. “We were all very surprised, in a good way, that people still cared enough about that character to be that angry. We thought it would create a little bit of a stir, but the rage wasn’t something we counted on.”
MacFarlane also said he thinks the stunt helped the show’s ratings and revealed his reason behind the move: “It did what it was designed to do — it reminded people this is still a show where anything that can happen despite the fact it’s been on for awhile.”

That said, fans can rest assured that Brian isn’t going to perish again. “Would I do it again? No. We already did it.”


  1. Spoiler alert, us europeans aren't up to speed with this....thanks.

  2. Oops, sorry! To tell the truth, I missed this episode myself--I don't always get to pick the channel! lol :D


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