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MacFarlane revels in ‘Family Guy’ noms

Talks shop, show spinoffs at Comic-Con

Seth MacFarlane is the happiest damn man in all of Comic-Con.

The “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show” creator is not only the Lazarus of the Fox primetime schedule but also managed three Emmy nominations this year, including the first-ever best comedy nomination for an animated sitcom.

MacFarlane used his panel to take his revenge on Fox execs who showed little faith in the residents of Quahog with “Something Something Dark Side,” the “Family Guy” parody of “The Empire Strikes Back” that’s due to air in the Christmas season. In the opening credits, where the “Star Wars” films set the story, MacFarlane called out the execs for canceling the show twice.

Aside from score settling, the panel looked at future adventures for the Griffin gang including an exploration of where dirty jokes come from, Peter’s torrid affair with a mid-’90s cutout of Kathy Ireland, DUI-related dog deaths, Meg’s time in the Big House and the introduction of Evil Monkey to the family.

MacFarlane also talked about the upcoming “Revenge of the Jedi” episode, tentatively titled “We Have a Bad Feeling About This,” and his latest endeavor, “The Cleveland Show,” featuring Peter Griffin wingman Cleveland Brown.

“We wrapped our first season of 22 episodes. And in an act of heartbreaking desperation, Fox picked us up for a second season,” said MacFarlane. “If it doesn’t work out, it could be the most expensive season-one DVD extra of all time.”

So, with one Emmy-nominated show under his belt and its spin-off already scoring a second season, it seems that MacFarlane is living a charmed life.

Perhaps if “Family Guy” gets canceled again, he’ll be up for the Pulitzer.

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