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Fox Developing FAMILY GUY
And PRISON BREAK Spinoffs!!

Merrick here...
I really don't like FAMILY GUY all. I find it frequently smarmy and consistently abrasive. Sometimes I smile at it, but I rarely laugh. Guess it's not my thing. None the less, I respect its return from cancellation, and appreciate what it means to find both audiences and economic success after going through such difficult times. And, many folks I know and love watch this show and really get off on it. So for them, and for those of you out there who hold the series in higher esteem than I, I'm happy to report the following... A spinoff series is being planned. It's centered around, and is tentatively titled, existing character on the current show. The project... being written by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry -- who voices Cleveland and serves as writer-producer on the series -- and "The Simpsons" alum Rich Appel, executive producer/showrunner on MacFarlane's other animated comedy for Fox, "American Dad."
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. The same article indicates Fox is mulling a PRISON BREAK spinoff about women in prison. Chicks behind bars? That's hot...

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  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I love the character, Cleveland.... but....

    by whatupsummmmmmbitch

    Just..... no....

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    holy crap, I was FIRST!

    by whatupsummmmmmbitch

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    why cleveland...?

    by TimMighty

    well..if there has to be a spinnoff why cleveland ?`The dog or quackmayer would be better...but i dont really care. I want hiss royal shatness on board of that JJ Spaceship and Bai ling gang raped by the losties ...stuff like that.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Damn, I was hoping for an Adam West: Mayor of Quahog series

    by chrth

    He needs to find out who is stealing his water!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    die die die merrick

    by bootle2

    you sucked massive dick today. Family guy rules, though south park really hit the nail on the head. Congrats on the non-shitty headline, for once in your pathetic life!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by GreenFlashlight

    Great idea. let's have every lame show from the 90's back

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    actually ahs me really excited

    by logicalnoise01

    Cleveland is an awesome charectar. There's a lot of possiblities here. Plus I wonder if it will share the flashbacks or go straight up plot comedy like south park or old simpsons. They'll probably stick with what works. People can hate on family guy all they want it's still a successful show and doesn't take itself seriously.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Grape Soda for all!

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Chicks behind bars

    by palewook

    didnt australia have a long running series like that?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by DanielKurland

    And spreading yourself between three series never is a good thing.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Wrong character, giggity...

    by gotilk


  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Hymen Breaks

    by jeandubacher

    Helena Bonham Carter as the female T-Bag. Just a thought.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Nah, Quagmire would get boring fast

    by chrth

    How about the Evil Monkey in Chris' closet?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Paley Festival spring TV panels announced...

    by Pennsy

    TV Guide says the following shows, beginning March 28, will be sprinkled through the spring months. These shows will be Kyle XY, Bones, Moonlight, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Greek, The Young and the Restless: 35th Anniversary, The Sarah Silverman Program and The View, and that's only for starters. Here's the total 411 on this morning's story:

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by Pennsy


  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Anything on Terminator?

    by Judge Briggs

    That show is banging right now and would be a great replacement for BSG for when it's gone... why did this show have to be on FOX of all channels? Only Prison Break gets renewed over there.... dammit. Summer Glau is redunk.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    family guy is the only good nonpolitical comedy on TV

    by happyboy

    people hate family guy because it has the balls to make fun of everything equally... forboden topics like "I need a Jew" as well as making fun of traditional TV fodder like the Catholic Church. seriously if you dont find a baby wanting to kill his mother in a reverse oedipal fixation or peter fighting that chicken funny, what are you doing reviewing TV shows?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there already a Family Guy spinoff...

    by RongoRongoMu

    ...called American Dad? Well, I guess it was more of a dumping ground for jokes not funny enough for Family Guy. But Cleveland is the most boring character you could choose for a spinoff-- geez!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Cancel American Dad, and I'm in.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Will we get to see Cleveland use his "stream of justice" to put out the hate at the Million Man March?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Cleveland is probably one of my favorites.

    by Anna Valerious

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    "He's tasting victory. I bet it tastes good, like saltwater taffy, or a Chunky."

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Tom Tucker's kid!

    by Pagliacci

    The one with the upside down face. Now that's a spin-off. Cleveland's great, but I don't see how you can do a whole series about him and Loretta. I concur that Mayor Adam West of Quahog has endless possibilities.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    prison break "spinoff"?

    by yanksno1

    How exactly would it be a spinoff if none of the characters were in it? And women breaking out of prison? Don't really need to see that, keep them in! Ever since Oz, I always thought a show on a woman's prison would be a good idea but hopefully on cable and not network TV lol.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    how about married with children

    by postalpez

    how about married with children with bud becomeing like Al. so the Cleveland show will have lots of rehased jefersons, good times, and samford and sons jokes? Sad that futurama isn't truly back yet. didn't BBS out sell the family guy movie in under 2 months?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Just call it "Chicks Behind Bars."

    by Christopher3

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    "Hey, remember the time I was on Family Guy...?"

    by Osmosis Jones

    [SMASH CUT to FG clip recreating musical number from Little Shop Of Horrors, which runs for three full minutes]

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Family guy first

    by Series7

    At first I thought Cleveland? Then someone said Quagmire would get boring, and I thought yeah he probably would. Then I thought what about a Cleveland/Quagmire spinoff where they are Cops, i don't know why I just feel that working. Like a Startsky and Hutch rip off, but with Family Guy Humor. Quagmire inner thoughts are always priceless. Cleveland is just the sad sap all the bad things happen to. Buddy Cop Show, with Joe as their Cheif, and Peter Griffin's step brother Thadius as their arch nemisis.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Prison Break should have been a ONE season show

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    but no, they had to drag it out at least 2 more seasons until it has nothing to do with a prison break anymore. and a spin-off? can you say overkill?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see a series about Joe

    by sith_rising

    "alright! let's do it! yeah!"

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    I don't like putting the hate out there, but MAN! consistently Merrick and his opinions just rub me the wrong way. I hope to know him when he's older just to be there when he realizes how unintelligent his youthful thought were.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see...

    by D_T

    ...a spinoff with Lois - she's one hot animated MILF!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Family Guy is the cleverest comedy America has ever produced

    by Smashing

    By far, its subversive, cruel and tres witty, I am always surprised when people slag it without seeming to "get" it, ah well go watch Fawlty Towers for the millionth time then!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Now Prison Break

    by Series7

    I was thinking that they would wrap up things in the next season and then start a new break with some new guy who somehow got advice from Michael Scofield. These two shows rock, I love that Prison Break is on Mondays, good cannon fodder show after a shitty day of work. I like the Terminator Hour, but it needs to be on a Tuesday or Wenesday when I feel more like thinking at night.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Joe & Bonnie would be a much better spinoff

    by SpyGuy

    As much as I dig Cleveland Brown, I have to agree with sith-rising that Joe Swanson would be a better spinoff. Listening to Warburton never gets old and maybe Jennifer Tilly's character Bonnie could finally have her kid, only to end up pregnant yet again. I dunno, call it WHEELS OF JUSTICE or something...

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Family Guy used to be awesome...

    by stinkyfingerz it just tries WAY too hard to be funny. New episodes of the show are almost unbearable. Ever since the South Park episode, Family Guy hasn't been the same.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    when Family Guy

    by Bloo

    goes a stright up plot route, such as Brian and Stewie's "Road to" episodes, they are very funny, when they have a long protracted flashback or several small "remember that one time" bits it gets really old really fast<P>do I laugh at Family Guy, yes. Is it high priorty television viewing, now<P>for example last night I ahd the option of watching Family Guy or Justice League: The new Frontier, I chose JL<P>if it was between JL and South Park I'd watch South Park and stay up later to watch JL

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    American Dad is good.

    by JKrow21

    Why all the hate for this show? It's better than Family Guy half the time.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    now should have been no

    by Bloo

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Will Cleveland be

    by Zorak5

    the Jeffersons to Family Guy's All in the Family?<p>No, no it won't.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Women in Prison on if it's on HBO.

    by StudioPlant69

    Cause we can always use more hot girl on girl action. Oh and Cleveland as a spinoff, only if he's like George Jefferson and moves to deluxe apartment in the sky!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Merrick, what DO you like?

    by Reynard Muldrake

    Irregardless of your taste for Family Guy (can't say I watch anymore), I'd say 97% of your article intros are poo-pooing this or that much loved cultural icon/hitching post/whathaveyou, if not down right shitting on them (some of which you claim to have never seen much of at all - X-Files ???). Take a happy pill brotha, it's Friday...or at least start sharing what it is you DO love about film/tv/etc. Eesh.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    I am so there.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    We need a "Black To The Future" spinoff with Rufus Griffin!

    by Darth Bauer

    Think about it. It's gold.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by The Bandit

    A Family Guy spinoff will crash and burn quickly. Without the Griffin family, Peter, Stewie and Brian in particular, the rest just show up for the joke and we go back to the family. The secondary players arent overly interesting. And everybody loves Quagmire and are screaming for him to be the spinoff but his schtick is already old. The show is ok, but its gotten old fast, its not as good as it once was. A spinoff is a bad idea. I dont get the hate on American Dad either, its the better show of the two out right now.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Give T-bag hid own series.

    by Grando

    I'd watch a show about his rule in that Panamanian shit hole.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    All the South Park fans must be at work.

    by jimmay

    For after 5 P.M., let the talkback of a trillion lame manatee jokes commence. Seriously, I like South Park, but the one thing I can't stand about its fans is all the mindless parroting they do. If I read one more "manbearpig" reference on an internet discussion board. . .

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    "David Duchovny sucks, T'Pol sucks, Family Guy sucks, Krypton su

    by MattmanReturns

    Merrick's reign of hatred continues.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    Wow. I thought that show never made it past fox's inaugural season. I dont remember much about the show other than it had all the budget of a SNL sketch and had the fat brunette from Bosom Buddies in it.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by reflecto

    I will watch it.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    American Dad IS the spinoff.. its Joe with legs

    by Baron Karza

    And 95% of the other jokes.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    You hit the nail on the head zorak5

    by AnakinsDiapers

    The Jeffersons spinning off from All in the Family is definately one of the reasons Cleveland was chosen. Riffing on popular culture is a Family Guy mainstay after all. I bet most of the younguns here missed the parallel.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Family Guy doesn't appeal to teenage girls

    by PervOmatic

    So of course Herc doesn't like it.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    both of these ideas are terrible

    by Jarek

    I really have to comment beyond the subject?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Merrick liked the script to last week's Knight Rider TV-movie!

    by Mose Schrute <p> He loves Jericho too, for those who keep saying he doesn't like anything.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Regarding Terminator

    by skimn

    I'm sure next weeks two-hour finale will be a chiffhanger and Fox will renew for next season. The show has given them decent numbers, and the writers strike pretty much put the kabosh on developing pilots, so I think its a shoo-in.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Reynard Muldrake beat me to it

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    I liked the fist couple of seasons of Family Guy, now it annoys the living fuck out of me. But I agree with Reynard Muldrake. Merrick you need to stop shitting on everything that people like, especially when you are completely ignorant about what you're writing about. That's our job as talkbackers.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    T-Bag spinoff

    by photoboy

    Seriously, they should do a spin-off with T-Bag trying to escape Sona. <br><br> I hope PB doesn't get cancelled, I've heard it's 50:50 on it getting renewed. It had a wobbly second season and season 3 started badly but it built up really well. I just think they need a new direction for season 4.<br><br> As for a show based around the Cleveland character, I'm not sure how funny that could be, I never really found him that funny ever. <br><br> And Terminator better come back, it's fucking awesome right now, I can't wait for the 2 hour finale, it's just a shame the first season was so short.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Cherry Hill is a reality

    by AlwaysThere


  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I expected it'd Quagmire...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...The Giggity Chronicles...<p> I wonder what they expect to mine from the Cleveland chracter; he' so low key.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Family Guy has sucked balls since its return

    by Charlie Murphy

    FACT. prison break can barely hold onto the audience it still has left. FACT. what the fuck goes through the brains of people that work at fox?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I love Cleveland to but....

    by The Founder

    a spinoff with him as a stand alone character? All of the characters on Family Guy work together as a whole. I just don't see any of them being stand alone spinoff material, but then you never know.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Prison Break should've been a limited series.

    by The Founder

    The premise of Prison Break is interesting, but it doesn't have long run potential. Even when i first started watching PB I thoughtto myself that this can only have a limited run.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Cleveland will get a white BBW girlfriend

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    If I know Seth McFarlane's shenaniginns

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    And as hit and miss as Family Guy is

    by skimn

    I think the Peter cheats Death episode is one for the record books. My jaw hit the floor when I saw they got by with a necrophilia joke. I think they should just do monthly one-hour movie parodies, since pop culture parody is their forte.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by topaz4206

    She could carry her own show -- damn that chick is EVIL!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    American Guy

    by Series7

    Is so funny right now, because of the rule of second seasons. Look at almost every comedy show. First season showed a lot of promise, then if they listen to what fans want they tweek the show and season 2 is amazing. There are of course exceptions, but only in shows that were gold to begin with. Just check out the American office or 30 rock, Arrested Development, Mr Show. Then some good comedy shows go a little longer then 2 seasons. I know that this is no sound proof fact, but it holds true in a lot of cases and I am at work right now so i can't spend an hour researching. But if you are saying American Dad sucks, you haven't caught the past season, the bond rip off was awesome. Plus Family guy had probably the best two episodes since North by North Quahog, in McStroke and The one where Meg goes into a coma. Blue Harvest withstanding of course.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Cleveland? why not Quackmire?

    by Argentino

    Cleveland is kind of dull. He's only funny as the focus of racial jokes, but not by himself

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    "We're gonna need more manatees!"

    by Kasch

    Merrick's right...Family Guy sucks. Who cares if its a hit? So is Meet the Spartans. Anyone can write that shit.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Bring back Get A Life with Chris Elliott, now that

    by Kloipy

    was a fucking funny show!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    What would have been funnier?

    by PirateEmery

    Family Guy should have used one of their own suggestions in PTV for a spin-off. Cheeky Baby?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Argentino

    R-RATED QUACKMIRE!!! Greatest. Idea. Ever. With a guest appearance of Louis Griffin... what?... no, I didn't say that

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    When is FOX going to update Woops!?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Or maybe Herman's Head? If we're going back 15 years, let's at least bring back a show that was almost funny...

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    photoboy, to me it seemed like Prison Break

    by jim

    would be going in a different direction next year. After the season finale it seemed like Michael would be going off on his own to go after Gretchen and The Company.<p>The Cleveland Show will start out with Cleveland winning the lottery. But he moves away after having a falling out with Peter. Then, in the last episode, we'll see Cleveland writting a letter, and we discover he never won the lottery, nothing we had seen had actually happened. It was all a fantasy that was just his way of dealing with Peter having died of a heart attack.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Prison Break has run its course

    by skywalkerfamily

    The first season was excellent. Season Two was terrible. Season 3 was pretty good, but there were some really stupid plotlines. Did anyone really care about Whistler?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Family Guy sucks more than it rules.

    by ZeroCorpse

    89% of it is crap. The remaining 11% is giggle-worthy, but hardly genius comedy. <p> I suppose being a pothead might make the show funnier, though.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    You think Dat's bad!

    by Musicballs

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, it's more like AD than FG

    by hst666

    I still find Family Guy amusing enough to watch on Sunday nights, but American Dad is so much better, primarily due to the humor being more character and situational based than Family Guy's nonsequitor laughs.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    KLOIP You are 100% Correct

    by hst666

    Of all the great shows Fox canceled, Get a Life was by far the funniest.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by hst666

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Quagmire & West are best in short spurts

    by fastcars

    An entire series about either one sounds good, but would be horrible, kind of like eating chocolate cake for every meal. You can't base a whole series around a whackadoo character - Michael Richards Show, anyone? They probably chose Cleveland because they saw more meat to the character to base a series around. But I think the show will suck 1) Spinoffs rarely work 2) These are the Family Guy writers, whose shows are all gags no heart.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    Yeah man, I got 4 episodes on DVD but that show was just way ahead of it's time. And Chris Elliot was funny as shit

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The Spinoff No One Asked For!!!

    by JoeSixPack

    There really isn't a character that can be successfully spun off of Family Guy... maybe Brian

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    "The South Park episode"

    by Rufferto

    Wow you people are drones aren't you? There was nothing wrong with Family Guy I didn't already know before that South Park episode. That never stopped me from enjoying it when the jokes and bombardment of parodies were solid albeit a rare occurrence. I guess some people need the obvious stated to them and listen to everything South Park tells them, like it's religion. Too bad South Park never told you that American Dad is the most unoriginal piece of shit ever constructed. There's nothing they could do on that show that couldn't of been done better on Family Guy. I guess it was just for the sake of following that safe old animated family with wacky friends formula FOX cherishes so much. People apparently eat it up so it works. That being said this is a stupid idea and I can tell Seth is not even trying and just cashing it in and dreaming of all the money he'll make off the suckers once he puts more plagiarisms on dvd.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    And Get A Life

    by Rufferto

    was awesome and it got better as it went on. There may of been more solidly rated shows on Fox back then so it couldn't survive. I think it would of lasted longer if it was done today. I also think the same of the Critic.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    "None of you find power sexy?"

    by Julius Dithers

    Cleveland's funny, but that guy who talks like Fred Schneider is freaking hilarious. I'll be the first to say it: We're on the road to Ow! My Balls!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I'm glad somebody else recognizes "Family Guy" is crap.

    by Rollo Tomassi

    It's derivative, and offers little beyond cheap,shock value laughs. The fact that "Family Guy" is on the air and "Arrested Developement" isn't means the human race is a lost cause.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    one of my favorite 'Critic' moments was

    by Kloipy

    Owrson Welles for frozen peas

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    So its a Jeffersons spin-off parody

    by TallBoy66

    And getting the guy who works on American Dad to work on it is also a great idea. Not. However, I do like Family Guy and I think the site-insituted mad-on from all the mods it is kind of lame.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Rollo-- Truer words have not been said.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Family Guy survives, Arrested Development soars over the collective heads of America. Intelligence weeps.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    great Get a Life episode

    by Kloipy

    Chris found an alien in his back yard and it came to life and beat the shit out of everyone, and squirted this yellowish liquid out of it's elbows, which Chris caught in a cup and ate as 'pudding'. The alien is punching him in the head and vomiting purple shit all over the room and Chris looks over and says "I'm keeping him" great shit

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Re: ArcadianDS

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers Women In Prison although it reminds me how old I am.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by LouisCedar

    I actually heard about this "family guy" spinoff a while ago. Seth MacFarlane did a Q&A at my college (mizzou), which I attended, and he mentioned it as a "big maybe" that they were thinking about doing. Not sure how well it'll work though.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I'll give it a shot.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I don't think this will last long, though. I'd rather see a South Park spin-off, starring Butters.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Family Guy Formula

    by YakMalla

    1/3 Hilarious 1/3 Suckfest 1/3 Creepy disturbing

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST


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  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I'll say this...

    by metaluna


  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Mayor West is the best choice.

    by StudioPlant69

    He makes even the worst material funny. I want to see how being married to his hand turned out! ADAM WEST RULES!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    A Stewie and Brian spin-off is needed

    by finky089

    perhaps they trio up with Cleveland to balance thigns out, but the best dynamics are between Brian and Stewie.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Hoorah! Cleveland Steamers for all!

    by finky089

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by Blud

    You're obviously not paying attention because Season 3 had EVERYTHING to do with a prison break, but I agree that it was stretching the limits of plausibility. The only reason there should be a Season 4 is because this faggot ass writer's strike mucked things up so we don't get a resolution. But we can't have Scofield driving forever onward with a plastic rose and a gun in the passenger seat. There has to be a fourth season in order for us to have closure. To know he gets his revenge on that cunt, Gretchen. And season 2 was completely necessary. It showed the aftermath of the prison break. You know you would have complained if the series had ended with them breaking out of prison. Everyone would have complained 'So what was the point of watching if they're just going to leave us with our cocks swinging in the wind? They should have showed what happened next.'

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    And even though it has nothing to do with this talkback...

    by Blud

    There WAS a Meadow ending. I will fight this to the death. I know what I saw.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    chicks behind bars or . . .

    by chewyou812

    Busty Cops? Same target audience right?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Well I was going to post a defense of Family Guy (which I like, while acknowledging it's hardly the wittiest thing on TV), but after reading all of the praise for Chris Elliott, I can see there's no point.<P> Seriously...Chris Elliott? Really? What is the matter with you people? He's a one-note, talentless hack. His "bit" -- such as it is -- might've been fresh for a few minutes on Letterman, but it's been tired ever since. Get a Life was a waste. It wasn't clever, or was just stupid.<P>If you really think Chris Elliott's repeated "oooh-let-me-make-you-uncomfortable-with-how-I-don't-realize-I'm-out-of-touch" schtick is more clever than even Family Guy or American Dad, then I can't really help you.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Chris Elliott is the guy in high school who gets the crap kicked out of him routinely because he thinks he's witty and clever but everyone else realizes he's both a nerd AND a moron.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Denton56


  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Prison Break - the show that's afraid to kill anyone

    by skywalkerfamily

    3 years later and the Prison Breakers are all alive? Come on! Shoot Bellick and T Bag already!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    A few of the Prison Breakers have died...

    by BigTuna

    There was that italian gangster, the wigger kid, and that physcho inmate that jumped off the water tower.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but those weren't really main characters

    by skywalkerfamily

    The Italian guy was, but he went out in a shitty fashion.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    This will be worse than the time...

    by alienindisguise

    Seth Macfarlane thought "American Dad" was funny enough to put on the air.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is the "Meet the Spartans" of episodic TV

    by ebonic_plague

    You know it, I know it, the American people know it. Fuck Family Guy. And, while we're at it, fuck South Park, too. Remember that bit from Team America, "assholes just shit all over everything"? That's basically Matt and Trey's M.O. now. They've become the smug preachy douchebags that they used to rail against. And I'm just bored by the Simpsons these days. Venture Brothers has raised the animated comedy bar far too high to tolerate the rest of this tepid network crap.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Love how in Prison Break season 3 opener

    by skywalkerfamily

    they show some dude observing that Michael will break out of prison, cause it's in his blood, but never follow up on that.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    This news is six months old...

    by Sick Fixx

    It's been known that Fox wanted to produce a women's prison spinoff for some time now. But what Ain't It Cool failed to say here is that the name of the spinoff would be Cherry Hill, and that the main character of Cherry Hill, Molly, was to be a crucial character in Season 3 of Prison Break, but they abandoned the idea when the strike shortened the season and they had too much to cram in. I mean, if you're going to bash the pilot of Prison Break Season 1 and never have a talkback about the regular ongoing show again, why bother putting up a talkback about the poorly conceived spinoff idea that will never make it out of the conceptual phase? Cherry Hill is a terrible idea except for the massive potential for women in shackles and cavity searches part.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Women In Prison

    by masterbrocksamson

    WIP it up with a new Fox ad campaign!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Family Guy has and always will be fucking hilarious

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    And everyone who disagrees is a bandwagon jumping cunt. I love South Park and Family Guy and American Dad and The Simpsons and Drawn Together. So there.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    re: 'the show that's afraid to kill anybody'

    by Sick Fixx

    FUCKING HILARIOUS! The main character's love interest is dead! So your statement is DOA. Dead on arrival. You fail! In addition, Tweener, Abruzzi, Lechero, Hale, Steadman, Westmoreland, Haywire, Veronica and possibly Kellerman are all dead. Did I mention SARA??? Let me mention her again. FAIL!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I almost forgot

    by Sick Fixx

    Geary, Michael and Linc's father, Sara's father. FAIL!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    AND Nick Savrinn

    by Sick Fixx

    You get my point.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    'Family Guy' + 'Cleavland' < American Dad

    by tme2nsb

    Seriously. Can Seth McFarlane just fucking die?!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Pussy Break on Fox = LAME

    by br1947

    <p>Pussy Break on FX = better</p> <p>Pussy Break on Showtime = best</p>

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Saras death was the dumbest decision the show made

    by skywalkerfamily

    Michael went to Prison again for nothing.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Prison Break without any of the original cast.

    by I Hope You Die

    Can't help but be an improvement. Has there ever been show with such a total void of acting talent?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Notice how they killed off ALL the minor

    by skywalkerfamily

    characters yet T Bag and Bellick continue to live in a prison where they would have been executed long ago?

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Drawn Together?

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Seriously? That show makes family guy look like Monty Fucking Python.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    South Park was dead on

    by Stevie Grant

    about Family Guy. I still like Family Guy though.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Great... a spinoff based on FG's most BORING character

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Thhhhiiiiiiissssssss... ssssshhhhhhhooooooooowwwwwww... sssooouuuuunnnnnnddddddsssss... llllliiiiiikkkkkkkkkeeeeeee... ccccrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapppppp...<p>Now imagine watching a show like that for 30 minutes. It'll seem like 30 hours. >:P<p>I love Family Guy, but NO thanks! Quagmire would've been a MUCH better candidate for his own series.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Or even BETTER... MAYOR WEST!!!! :D

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Give Ol' Adam his own series and misadventures!!!! You could send him into space, have him discover civilizations in the center of the Earth, and it'd STILL make sense!!! :D<p>Now THAT would be a spinoff worth watching!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Quagmire would be good.

    by RomeroZombie

    It would be an even funnier and more twisted version of Dexter.Hes really a sick fuck.Great character.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    911? Yeah, this is Quagmire. It's in a corpse this time.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    They already tried updating Married With Children

    by themikejonas least, that's what The War At Home smelled like to me. And this season they're updating Small Wonder as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Cameron is parroting what someone said earlier, but with a robotic monotone and brilliant comedic timing! "It was a gift. It was tight." Har Har!)

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Bring back FUTURAMA!

    by wendybird

    It's a much better show. I know they're currently doing the whole DVD movie thing, but I'd prefer them to bring the show back for real.

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I used to think

    by Series7

    That people on this site smoked up a considerable amount..... but after reading that people have been things to write about Family Guy, I've come to realize that this site is made up of geeks who spend all day in the mothers basement. Seriously smoke a bowl and then come back and tell me you still hate Family Guy. I know its a typical thing, but I could fucking watch Family Guy all day stoned. Hope you all had a bully day!

  • Feb. 29, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Star Wars family guy was the best one

    by skywalkerfamily

    They should just stick to movie parodies.

  • March 1, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    as someone who HATES family guy

    by troutpencil

    Cleveland is the very best possible character for a spinoff from that abomination. Thinking of Family Guy makes me frown, but just the idea of a Cleveland show, called Cleveland, about that dweeb character, makes me laugh. It is fucking typical of Family Guy fans that they wouldn't realize how classic a Cleveland show could be. Sadly the people creating the show have shown a distinct lack of skill so it will probably be shit, despite the promise of the character.

  • March 1, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Merrick doesn't like Family Guy?

    by Badsamaritan

    That's a damn shame. I bet he's voting for Ron Paul...

  • March 1, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    this sounds like a joke

    by PeteBogs

    sitcoms have a history of spinning off supporting characters, and rarely are those shows any good... this actually sounds like the producers are spoofing that tradition... Cleveland is the only character on the show who is not pretty whacked, btw... Brian comes close, but he has some issues - what with being a talking dog who beds human women...

  • March 1, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    2nd Renew Millennium and Firefly

    by Some farts really stink.

    Now that is a damn fine idea.

  • March 1, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Fantastic News! Except not.

    by Yeti

    So a drama that was concieved as a 44 episode series now into it's third season which from what I understand (stoped watching) makes less and less sense is going to spin off another show and ditto for basically the animated version of "Meet the Spartans" too. Yay?

  • March 1, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Good News Everyone!

    by Sparhawk38

    I would rather see more Futurama. Couldn't someone make more episodes of that and just say it was a spin off from Family Guy? I have enjoyed the Family Guy in the past, but it just becomes to annoying after awhile.

  • March 1, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Women In Prison remake

    by Napoleon Park<p> Kristen Vangsness from Criminal Minds would be perfect for the Denny Dillon role, with Paula Newsome in the CCH Pounder role and Kirstie Alley for the Peggy Cass role, but who's the modern day Wendie Jo Sperber? Valerie Bertenelli?<p>Another way to go would be the "torn from todays headlines" route and do Paris Hilton, Martha Stewart, Michelle Rodriguez roman a clef stories.

  • March 1, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Killing off Dr Sara on PB

    by photoboy

    Wasn't exactly the producer's choice, Sarah Wayne Callies got pregnant and didn't want to come back to even film a very short sequence. They even offered to go film her at her home so she didn't have to travel but she didn't want to do it. So they didn't really have much option but to kill her off. While I didn't like it, it certainly made Gretchen one of the most evil characters on TV for a long time. I can't wait to see Michael catch up to her.

  • March 1, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Why Cleveland?

    by andyman3000

    There's much better characters on Family Guy than Cleveland. I would like to see one starring Quagmire, giggity-giggity-goo....alright! As for the Prison Break spin-off, I just don't see yet as to how women in prison has anything to do with the show.

  • March 1, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Cleveland? Why Not Quagmire?

    by LaserPants

    That seems a more obvious choice.

  • March 1, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    nope, photoboy

    by omarthesnake

    that's not how it happened. they wanted her to make her brief cameo so they COULD kill her off. she didn't feel obliged to help them. Good for her.

  • March 1, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Give Herbert and Quigmire their own series...

    by Rameses

    Bad taste tv in the making..

  • March 1, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    "Cleveland" the series.

    by Napoleon Park

    1.) Someone asked McFarland about a spin-off and he named the least likely character to support a series as a joke.<p>2.) He meant it as a "Jeffersons" reference since both parent shows had the word "Family" in the title.<p>3.) He meant it as a King of The Hill parody since they took a minor character from "Beavis and Butthead" and spun him off into an unrelated series.<p>4.) Instead of doing the obvious thing and having Cleveland move to a new setting and new situation, they'll just leave him in a mostly white Maine suburb where he hangs out with his drinking buddies Glenn, Peter and Joe and it's be the same show, except told from a different point of view and without Mila Kunis, Seth Green or a talking dog.<p>5.) They'll turn it into a Seth MacFairlane formula show and have Cleveland and Loretta adopt a teenaged daughter, an adolescent son and a talking animaal.<p>6.) This will be the best series about a docile African-American male getting fucked with a strap-on by his domineering wife since they canceled the other Cosby show.

  • March 1, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Prisoner Cell Bock 'H'

    by King_Knut


  • March 1, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    why's her name popping up a lot here, she left him quite a while back.

  • March 1, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I think the REAL reason it's CLEVELAND is because...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Seth McFarland wants a spin-off where he WON'T have to do 90% of the voicework, like he does on his other shows. And Cleveland is one of the few male character voices he DOESN'T do on Family Guy.

  • March 1, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Prison Break with chicks will suck

    by Toby___Wong

    Let's face it. It would suck big time. It would be such girl power bullshit that one would puke in an instant. Of course I would like to be proved wrong, but it ain't gonna happen with Prison Break with chicks. A T-Bag show would rule. It would be kind of like Dexter but much better. I still hope Prison Break season 4 is happening.

  • March 1, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Have Michael in a new prison every season.

    by skywalkerfamily

    It could be like Survivor. Send Michael to Siberia next.

  • March 1, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Family Guy Does Need a Spin-Off

    by versatol

    The reason the show works is because there are so many workable characters. Any of them set off on their own would get tiresome... unless they create a whole new world of characters surrounding the spun-off character. I see why they chose Cleveland. His comedy is not limited to a shtick or a repetive gag. He's just funny in the way he responds to situations. A Cleveland-Quagmire spin-off would be better though. Either way, Cleveland would need some outrageous comic relief surrounding him.

  • March 1, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Where does the TOONCINATOR sketch fit in

    by skywalkerfamily

    with the Terminator storyline?

  • March 1, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a King of the Hill spin-off.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Mike Judge knows how to do animation, and tells good stories. His characters actually have in-depth personalities and any of them could survive as the focus of a new series. <p> How about a show starring John Redcorn after he moves away from Arlen to try his luck in New York City? It would work. <p> And despite what Mtv wants you to believe, "Dariah" is not a spin-off from "Beavis & Butt-Head." -- It's Mtv crap that STOLE a character from Beavis & Butt-Head, and did a piss-poor job of it at that. Very few animated shows on Mtv Networks were any good once they were taken out of the hands of the creators. Just you try watching a Ren & Stimpy episode that wasn't done by John K. and tell me it was up to the standards he created for the show. <p> Of course, I mean no slight to Billy West, who did a bang-up jop on Ren & Stimpy, but without John K., it just wasn't the same. <p> Same with B&B. Without Mike Judge, it's not the right "feel" and it just doesn't work.

  • March 1, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    How about a 24 spin off? 24: Chloe!

    by skywalkerfamily

    All about Chloe's days at CTU, or how about 24: The President! The President must deal with backstabbing and threats for 24 hours.

  • March 1, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by Sick Fixx

    The reason for Cherry Hill, the spinoff, was originally to be introduced in PB Season 3. The main character of the spinoff, Molly, was supposed to be visiting Michael at Sona because The Company killed her family and she knew Michael was her best chance of catching up to and getting even with them. Her storyline was cut due to time constraints imposed by the strike. I don't even think Cherry Hill is still an issue. I would say the idea was dead on arrival, seeing as how Ain't It Cool didn't exactly 'break' this story. It's six months old.

  • March 1, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    DevilCat-- I assume you meant King of the Hill.

    by ZeroCorpse

    And you're right, it's not a spin-off, but it is highly influenced by Beavis & Butt-head, and it does occur in the same world as Beavis & Butt-head. Hank is basically a recreation of Tom Anderson from Beavis & Butt-head. Dooley (kid in Tom Landry High School) may well be related to them, too... He sure acts like it.

  • March 1, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    What was the best

    by Series7

    Spin off show? Besides Angel. I know this site is Buffy land, so lets skip past Angel, because we all know if there was a vote on this site it would win. Anything else?

  • March 1, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Frasier was a great spin-off...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...for about five seasons.

  • March 1, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    TNG was the best spin off show.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Then DS9.

  • March 1, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Don't like Family Guy?!?!

    by Freefinger

    WTF?!?!<p>Some of the most outragous moments on tv come from that show alone.<p>I mean who would attack all races and turn it into funny shit!?!<P>Who else can do Osama Bin Laden acting like an idiot with his terrorist buddies before doing another one of his dumbass tapes?!<P>WHO WOULD FIGHT THE GIANT CHICKEN!!!!???<P>Only Fmaily Guy can provide us with such ridiculous yet couragous lines and situations on tv without being just plain mean about it.<P>THey have some of the best shows ever. If someone can beat the Simpsons out of being the best cartoon shows for adults (minus the triple X rating) they can.<p>As far as Clev's character goes for a spinoff... I don't know but it could still work.. We'd finally see why is the guy always taking a bath when something destroys his house. They could do some great things on that series like show us some old storylines that happened, but instead of showing the whole thing have it from Clev's side. Like when Peter battles the Giant Chicken and they run and beat each other on the streets, we could see Clev looking at them going "Oh well, there goes Peter again... Fighting the chicken.." then going on about his busisness. We'd finally know what the hell do these other characters do from time to time.<p>Can work.

  • March 1, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I hate Negative Nancies...

    by Ateball

    Uhm sir, do you really think anyone here cares if you like the show or not? Really, you don't have to explain why you don't like it either...just type your little blurb and move on...

  • March 2, 2008, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Family Guy isn't Meet the Spartans or any . .

    by Mundungus

    of those crappy ass parody films. If you think so you haven't watched it or you're just a dullard. <p> I do think that a bunch of sheep decided that they hate Family Guy after South Park hosed them. Guess what, Trey and Matt have contempt for Everything and Everybody, especially you. <p> I like Family Guy and South Park, Lost and Heroes, Kurt Vonnegut and J.K. Rowling. But God Damn do I hate anything with Chris Elliot, that dude is anti-comedy. He must have tossed Satan's salad to keep that show on as long as it was.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Quagmire & Herbert's Pervert Nation

    by LaserPants

    Now THAT would be a good idea. Quagmire and Herbert getting involved in various perverted and/or straight up illegal sexual situations. Put it on late night tv so they can get away with more freaky adult stuff.

  • March 2, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Prison Break Spin-Off

    by Bill Brasky

    ...I'd really like to see a 'T-Bag' spin-off. You know, his quest to fondle and abuse as many little boys as he can; rape hot Milfs and generally be an all-around cocksucker. Yeah! Good ole' Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell, He's the man!!!!

  • March 2, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    How about a C Note spin off

    by skywalkerfamily

    He's the only one that got away scott free!

  • March 3, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by tuan69


  • March 3, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by turketron

    Anyone who says Family Guy is not funny is an asshole. There are some genuinely funny moments on taht show. I'd love to see a Gumble 2 Gumble: Beach Justice spinoff... or like someone else said, a Black 2 The Future spinoff. With lots of ridiculous cameos by the Kool Aid Man... OH YEAAAHH!!!<p> I'll never understand the hate for Prison Break. It's an ok show. It won't win any pulitzers for believability, but it's entertaining as hell and it's better than another reality TV shitfest.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    American Dad is also comedy gold.

    by Smashing

    We British wish we could produce something as relevant and funny, we last had comedy relevancy in the 70's and some have not gotten over the fact that America has been funnier than us for years now. American Dad is a perfect example of how America took the comedy torch to a whole new level. As for anyone who was put off Family Guy after that South Park Mannities episode, your a traitor and should be shot.

  • March 3, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    The problem with Prison Break...

    by MachThree

    is that its started to rely too much on its weakest aspect - the lame Company / conspirarcy stuff. Season 1 - getting into prison and breaking out - great premise, well done - season 2 - the escape and being on the run - good at first until the company stuff started eating into it. Season 3 - getting everyone back into a (different) prison is a good idea, but it was carried out in a contrived way at the end of season 2. And then everything in season 3 is about the lame company conspiracy again. Just doesn't work. I can see it being ok for another half season - they could break Sucre and/or T-Bag out of Sona, Michael hunts Susan B. Anthony etc., and Mahone once again becomes Michael's nemisis. But to go much beyond another half season, especially if they somehow end up back in prison yet again, would just be stretching credibility too far.

  • March 4, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Happy Boy WTF???

    by brobdingnag

    The only NON-political show??!?! They spit up the same Democrat talking points that everything else does in the entertainment industry. God damn son, wake the fuck up.

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