Family Guy Return Means Big Pay Day for Writer/Producer

Chris Sheridan, writer and producer of the sitcom Yes, Dear, will be paid seven figures over two years to serve as an exec producer on the triumphant return of Fox’s half-hour animated comedy Family Guy, according to Daily Variety. Sheridan, who served as writer and producer on the original Family Guy, will create, develop and exec produce new projects for Fox.

When Animation Magazine spoke with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in March of 2003, he was hopeful for the upcoming DVD release of the short-lived series, saying, "Who knows? There’s always the possibility that if it did extremely well, Fox or someone might take notice and say, ‘Wait a minute. Maybe we ought to give this thing another look.’" That’s exactly what Fox did when the disc set proved to be one of the summer’s biggest sellers.

Part of the reason the DVD outsold releases of The Simpsons, Futurama and King of the Hill is the fact that classic episodes of those shows have been readily available to TV viewers via syndication. Reruns of Family Guy have only recently shown up on Cartoon Network and TBS.

Cartoon Network is on board to air at least 22 new episodes of Family Guy, but Variety reports that the order could go as high as 40. However, the show may first return to its roots at Fox as the broadcaster retains rights to a first crack at it.