Family Guy Gets New Runners

Variety reports that longtime Family Guy writers Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan have signed separate multi-year overall deals with Fox TV to serve as the program’s new co-showrunners. Hentemann and Callaghan are replacing David Goodman and Chris Sheridan, who have stepped down as show-runners but remain on “Family Guy” as exec producers.

Hentemann and Callaghan will also now be executive producers; they individually also plan to develop new projects for the studio down the road Hentemann joined the show as a writer during the second season, while Callaghan was with the show from the beginning.

Hentemann has also developed another animated series for FOX called Bordertown. Among the eclectic variety of voices Callaghan has supplied throughout the show’s history are the Cocoa Puffs bird, Pontius Pilate, the guy on the DirecTV help channel, Stewie’s fast food manager and Prince, while Hentemann has played Peter Griffin’s brain-damaged co-worker, Opie,as well as a studio audience ostrich.