By ERIN MAXWELL
An assassination attempt on Santa Claus, pornography, Bill Maher and show tunes galore were all revealed as upcoming plot points for next season’s “Family Guy.”
Creator Seth MacFarlane offered a sneak peak into the tenth season for folks at “Family’s” Comic-Con panel. He also gave attendees a small preview of the next “Star Wars” parody, “It’s a Trap,” due out Dec. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray.
Sadly, MacFarlane also confirmed that “Trap” will probably be the last of the “Star Wars” parodies.
“This last installment almost killed us,” McFarlane told the crowd. “The problem is that we try to be faithful to the look of the movies, and to make Episodes I, II and III would be too expensive.”
“Also, they sucked,” chimed in Alex Borstein, the voice of “Family’s” long-suffering wife, Lois Griffin.
MacFarlane offered a few reveals of the upcoming season: Stewie will go to the North Pole to confront Kris Kringle; it is discovered that Lois once performed in a porno; Brian writes a self-help book and appears on the Bill Maher show (a live-action segment); and Peter and Mayor West become brothers-in-law.
“I’m a method actress, so that porn episode was very painful for me,” joked Borstein.
There will also be a few Meg-centric episodes in which the much-abused daughter vents her wrath upon the family while Brian trips on ‘shrooms.
The season kicks off with an hour-long season preem in which the Griffin gang spoof Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
And of course, there will be showtunes.
In an upcoming episode titled “Friends of Peter G.,” where Peter checks into AA, the toon will offer an homage to Frank Sinatra’s “Robin and the 7 Hoods” with a song titled “Take on Mr. Booze.”
As a treat to the audience, MacFarlane performed the song “Down Syndrome Girl,” from the controversial episode in which he poked fun at Sarah Palin.
“Last season, I wrote to insult Sarah Palin,” said writer Mark Hentemann. “This season, I plan to write to insult smart people.”