Family Guy’s MacFarlane Back in Fox Family?

Daily Variety reports that Fox has ordered a pilot from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The new half-hour animated show, American Dad, may see its debut by fall 2004 should the Fox suits decide to move forward.

MacFarlane, who provided several voices for Family Guy, will reportedly do the same for American Dad. Family Guy writers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman will join MacFarlane as creators and exec producers. They are penning the pilot for the politically charged comedy about a misfit family led by a right-leaning CIA agent.

Fox aired three seasons of The Family Guy before pulling it. The series recently returned to TV with a summer run on TNT and has been enjoying brisk sales on DVD.

Fox, which has had unprecedented success in primetime animation with The Simpsons and King of the Hill, is actively seeking out the next hot animated property. In addition to tapping MacFarlane, the net is opening the search to the general public with its Pitch-O-Rama contest. For more information on that, see