After floundering for three seasons on FOX between 1999 and 2002, Seth McFarlane’s animated sitcom, Family Guy, is coming back by popular demand on Sunday, May 1. Fox made the announcement on Monday at the TV Critics Association winter press tour, where it also revealed that McFarlane’s new toon series, American Dad, will debut on the same night.
Encouraged by phenomenal home video sales of the original season, Fox has ordered 22 new episodes of the Emmy-winning Family Guy, which centers on the dysfunctional family consisting of Peter Griffin, his wife Lois, daughter Meg, slacker son Chris, homicidal baby Stewie and sophisticated family dog Brian. MacFarlane voices several of the show’s characters, including Peter. Seth Green, Alex Bornstein and Mila Kunis make up the rest of the main cast.
American Dad takes a more unconventional look at family dynamics as zealous CIA agent Stan Smith tries to balance life at home with his cloak-and-dagger work. The series pilot will air after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 6, along with a special sports-themed installment of The Simpsons.
The original episodes of Family Guy air in syndication during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block and in primetime on TBS.