Monday, November 03, 2008

MacFarlane Toons Into $100 Million ...

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As Sneak Peek reported in May, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, performer Seth "Family Guy" MacFarlane has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV worth more than $100 million, for new-media projects related to MacFarlane's animated TV series "Family Guy", "American Dad" and the upcoming "Cleveland", as well as DVD/merchandising revenue.

"I get a lot of pleasure out of making shows," MacFarlane said.

"It's a bonus to be getting paid well for it, and it's a double bonus to be getting paid exorbitantly for it...Nothing I can do can really live up to that amount of money on a daily basis, so my view of it is...I gave them all of my 20s, which are irretrievable...heart and soul into that show, and, in turn, they give me $100 million. I think that's fair. One of those is replaceable, the other isn't."

Macfarlane said the upcoming seventh season of "Family Guy" will feature 'Stewie' kidnapping the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"They all came back, reunited to do their voices for us", he said.

In other episodes, "Brian tries to legalize pot in 'Quahog'...Peter tells the story of his ancestry...Down the line, we have our "Family Guy" abortion episode, believe it or not. Hats off to Fox for letting us take some risks, as always. There can be a lot of trouble, but at the end of the day, they do generally step up for risky, sensitive, topical stuff..."

Following the success of the shot-for-shot animated "Family Guy"/"Star Wars" DVD parody, "Blue Harvest", MacFarlane said, " was so popular that we thought it might be fun to write the "Empire (Strikes Back)" episode...we found that it's almost twice as much work, but we'll get through it, somehow, and it'll be great. It's like redoing the movie..."

"Family Guy" spin-off "Cleveland", will debut on Fox next year.