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Exclusive Family Guy Announcement - Freakin' Sweet!

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Dana Stevens | 11:12 UK time, Thursday, 1 April 2010

"Oh this is almost as intense as that time I forgot how to sit down!" Peter Griffin


OK listen up because this is more exciting than a night at The Drunken Clam. Not only can I confirm that BBC Three will be showing the brand new series of Family Guy - that's season 8 FG fans - but we're going to host a whole weekend of Family Guy fun. Let's call it Family Guy Weekend - freakin' sweet!

There'll be double-bill of brand spanking new episodes - the first time they'll be shown on telly in this country. And there'll also be a special programme celebrating the global phenomenon that is Family Guy, from the same team that produced the BBC Three Family Guy specials 'Creating the Chaos' and 'The Story So Far'.

Here's the producer and director, Richard Mills to tell you more:

"In a nutshell our fab show sees the first count of character air-time in the show's history. We'll chart the top 20 characters featured in the show, based on the amount of screen time they have had across all of the Family Guy series.

Alongside exclusive interviews from the cast and crew (Creator - Seth MacFarlane, Voice of Chris Griffin - Seth Green, Voice of Meg Griffin - Mila Kunis etc) we are approaching British celebrity fans to get their view on Quahog's finest residents, and of course, we'll be showing some all time favourite clips as well as some exclusive footage from the new series."

"Oh! Oh! This story is so good, it must be fattening!" Stewie Griffin

And if that's not enough you can also watch a special one-off event, Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show. Starring Seth MacFarlane and his co-star Alex Borstein it's a "variety special" which will "highlight the duo's subversive and unique comedic sensibilities." There'll be comedy sketches, celebrity guests, original animation and even some live action performances of the most memorable musical numbers from the show. I have my fingers and toes crossed that there's a version of Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Best Family Guy song ever. Fact.
(If you haven't seen it, watch it on YouTube - after reading the rest of this of course.)

Now before you head off to find that clip of Brian dressed as a banana, there's more! Oh yes, there'll also be a chance to watch some classic Family Guy episodes. I'm hoping for Da Boom - my personal favourite.

"You know, some people think that dandelions are weeds, but, you know, I always think, who the hell decided tulips were so great?" Peter Griffin

One last thing...this new season also includes the Star Wars themed episode with the catchy title 'Something Something Something Darkside" which is a follow up to the previous, brilliant Star Wars special Blue Harvest. Although this won't be on over Family Guy Weekend it will be on BBC Three soon after.

"Lois (Princess Leia): Governor Tarkin. I recognized your foul stench as soon as I was brought onboard.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Um, actually that's me. I made a Darth Doody. I sithed my pants. My diaper's gone over to the darkside. I got pages of these, I could go on."

So by now you'll all be crying 'When is it?' All I can tell you at the moment is that it's 'Coming Soon'. But watch this space, as soon as the exact date is announced you'll be the first to know. If that lot doesn't make you happier than Brian on a Martini-binge, I don't know what will.

Giggity giggity goo!

Dana Stevens is content producer for BBC Three online.



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