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    Family Guy is back?

    In a sign of the growing importance of DVD sales to Hollywood, 20th Century Fox is considering a plan to resume production of Family Guy, a sometimes crude animated comedy that the Fox network took off the air more than 18 months ago.

    As many as 35 new episodes could return in January 2005, marking the first time that a canceled series has been revived based on strong DVD demand and ratings in syndication.

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    I surely hope so. The same news might be applied to Futurama rumours are. But in the spirit of FG....

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    nice, very amusing show, one of my "to buy" items on DVD
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    Finally, FOX shows some sense. Bring back Futurama, anyone?

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    not a big fan but i remember cracking up so hard seeing this episode. the father and son went to an arcade...

    The son came back from the bathroom and went up to his father..

    "Hey Dad! They even got games in the bathroom!! And look, I won a balloon!!" and shows it to the father... HAHAHAHA!!!!!

    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

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    I loved that show, hopefully this is true and this shows has a success as big as the Simpsons

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    Family Guy - Resurrected on Fox!!

    Well, this isn't exactly Movie news, per say. But it is some really good news for Family Guys DVD fans. Apparently due to the huge sales of Family Guy on DVD, we will see more seasons of family on FOX!!

    From IGN.com

    DVD fans, rejoice in your power. USA Today is reporting that due to the surprisingly high sales of The Family Guy on DVD, 20th Century Fox is considering resurrecting the series for the Fox network.


    As many as 35 new episodes could be written and produced for Fox by January 2005, which would make this the first time that a canceled series has been revived based on strong DVD demand and ratings in syndication.

    The series only ran for three seasons on Fox, but has been one of the highest-rated shows on Cartoon Network. Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2) came out in April of this year and sold more than one million units, mighty impressive for a cancelled series. Family Guy, Vol. 2, released in September, has sold 525,000 copies.

    In an interview with IGN, the show's creator Seth MacFarlane said he was working on new projects, including a Family Guy movie. One of his projects was a new animated series he planned to propose to Fox, the network that cancelled his last show.

    "For better or worse, Fox has been the only that's been able to successfully launch an animated series, and they are the only place that's looking to do so," he told IGN. And, it would seem, Fox is willing to admit it was wrong.
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    threads merged.

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    It's coming back? Aaaaaaaall Riiiight.
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    Why was it dropped in the first place?
    I have a hard time believing it was rating, was it?

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    It was partically ratings but the main reason was that Family Guy was offensive and touched subjects that offended FOX.

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    They could put it on FX instead so it won't be on basic.

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    Strong DVD Sales spark talk of series return

    From TVshowsonDVD.com

    In November we first reported that Fox was considering a plan to resume production of Family Guy...based on strong DVD demand and ratings in syndication, according to a story that was then being run in USA Today. Just a few days ago, TVShowsOnDVD's owner, Gord Lacey, had the opportunity to interview Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who confirmed that a return of new episodes to broadcast was pending, and that a decision would be forthcoming very quickly.

    Now The Hollywood Reporter has checked in on the matter, with an interesting roundtable discussion between them and the Presidents of 5 different home entertainment divisions: Universal's Craig Kornblau, DreamWorks' Kelley Avery, Disney/Buena Vista's Bob Chapek, Artisan's Steve Beeks, and 20th Century Fox's Mike Dunn.

    That roundtable will be good reading to anyone interested in the DVD industry. In the course of their discussion, Mike Dunn (President of Fox Home Entertainment) mentioned that they will do something with the Family Guy property:



    THR: And now with TV DVD coming on so strong, there are even more titles to get in front of people.
    Beeks: I think what's really amazing is something like what happened at Mike's company with (Fox's) "Family Guy," which only aired for one season but went on to become this phenomenal DVD success ...
    Dunn: And we're going to go back into production on "Family Guy" specifically for the DVD market, as a result of the DVD success. I think this 34-year-old male, who is a very avid purchaser, fits right into the demo of our TV DVD business. The things that really work, like (Fox's) "The Simpsons" -- which will do 1.6 million units on Season One alone, over the period of a year and a half -- are in that sweet spot, and it's created a revenue source that didn't exist during the VHS days. It's that male consumer that has a high-end home entertainment system and is a collector.

    A couple of notes about that quote: first, Steve Beeks was mistaken in one respect: Family Guy aired for 3 "seasons" (though it was on-again, off-again a lot, so we can understand anyone being confused about this). Second, Mike Dunn's choice of wording seems to indicate that this is for Direct-to-DVD. We don't think so, after our interview with Seth MacFarlane. He seemed convinced that it was a broadcast return deal that was on the table. And that he was merely waiting for the go-ahead decision. Well, Dunn's comments at the roundtable certainly make it sound like the decision has been made to go ahead. A move to return Family Guy to production status is unprecedented. But it won't necessarily be unaccompanied.


    It was the dawn of the third age...
    IGN Filmforce reports that J. Michael Straczynski admits he's working on a new Babylon 5 follow-up, and that strong DVD sales are the cause:

    ...with the big success of the first three Babylon 5 DVD sets, talk is turning back to renewing the popular sci-fi series.

    J. Michael Straczynski, the series creator, posted on a Babylon 5 newsgroup this week that he was indeed working on a follow-up. Straczynski says that phase one of this as-yet-unnamed endeavor is a go, but that he can't say anything specific about it until January 15th. In the meantime, it sounds like JMS is busy writing material for the project.

    (**Note from Granite: The new B5 project is likely to NOT be a new "series"**)

    The strong revenue generated by Babylon 5 sets is certainly making the folks at Warner Home Video happy. There was an initial hesitation to even release DVDs, due to lower-than-expected sales on VHS of the series - so low, in fact, that the VHS run was cancelled before it was completed. However, many fans have spoken up since then to say that the only reason they stopped buying VHS tapes was in anticpation of DVD compilations, which were becoming popular at the time for other shows. Sales have been so brisk on these sets that Jerry Doyle, who played "Garibaldi" on the original series, commented that "If they want to do 20 years of Babylon 5, they recoup their entire production cost just one box set run of DVDs." That's certain to be an exaggeration, but certainly the idea is there that the DVD income helps immensely.


    TV Shows on DVD
    The popularity of DVD releases based on Television Show properties is one of the great success stories of this format. This hasn't been lost on us here at TVShowsOnDVD.com, and over the two years we've been here we get asked this a lot: "Do you think they will ever start producing television shows *just* for DVD, never having aired them on television?" The industry is discovering just how powerful the DVD format is, to tell a story in its own right, and to deliver unique content to the viewers. So yes, it's not only possible, but people who read this news item we posted several weeks ago will know that Fox is already formulating such a plan, as a spin-off of sorts from 24.

    How long will the DVD format last? The future already seems to be full of talk about HD-DVD, and competing formats like Blu-Ray and China's EVD format. On the other hand, there is also significant movement on the part of the studios to push for non-ownership forms of delivery, especially Video-On-Demand (VOD). We think that the latter would be a push in the wrong direction, and for many reasons. But it also occurs to us that with VOD, we wouldn't be seeing the miracle of show revivals like Family Guy and a new Babylon 5 spin-off, or new DVD-only releases of a 24-inspired show. Because, after all, VOD isn't TV-on-DVD. It's just TV, all over again.
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    DVD, where classic shows can find glory at last. Family Guy was much funnier than any other series and deserves at much better life than it has.

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