Deadline Comic-Con TV correspondent Gary Hodges files:
Executive producer of Family Guy (FOX) Mark Hentemann introduced a compilation of clips from upcoming episodes, leading with Quagmire making a special trip to the Griffin home to wish Meg a happy 18th birthday – cut to scenes of him flirting, tickling her, making innuendos. (“Look at Quagmire hitting on that skank!” Peter laughs from across the room.) Later we saw Peter and the rest of the boys deciding to get away for a guys’ trip, and quickly finding themselves in parodies of Deliverance and being arrested for talking down to a small town police officer. (Peter: “I knew we were in trouble when I saw the jury,” cutting to them in court, the jurors all Simpsons characters.) The clips ended with Lois inviting Peter to join her all-women book club, and Peter promptly breaking his own neck to get out of it.
Afterward, executive producer Steve Callaghan came out with much of the voice cast (Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Patrick Warbarton, Mike Henry), including – unexpectedly – Seth MacFarlane himself. The exact opposite of most other panels so far, the Family Guy crew was quick to mention a handful of things we can expect to see in future episodes. (No “You’ll just have to wait and see!” here):
Guest appearances by Ricky Gervais, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Reynolds, and Anna Kendrick
Stewie and Brian will time travel back to the pilot episode, “bad animation and all” (MacFarlane).
There will be another “viewer mail episode.”
Someone tries to kill Chris, and Stewie runs away to live with worst maid ever, Consuela.
Joe arrests Peter and Quagmire for burning down a pharmacy, and Quagmire gets raped in prison.
Alex Borstein chirped: “Lois is going to kidnap someone… she kidnaps a kid, on purpose.”
MacFarlane also said there will be a Family Guy movie. “We’ve actually had meetings about it, which makes it real,” but explained that the challenge is trying to put it together while running a series at the same time.
Much of the time was spent toying with the sign language interpreter in the room, after MacFarlane said “shit” and Borstein wanted to see how that was signed. “There’s a cunnilingus episode coming up,” MacFarlane quipped, watching the interpreter carefully. This led, ironically, to an
attendee’s request for any jokes the censors didn’t allow on the show; the panel admitted there were actually very few, though FOX censors did object to one scene where Peter, who ate a pile of nickels, went to the bathroom – the sound “like a slot machine” was deemed too far.
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