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'Family Guy' Distances Itself From Brian THR

It’s been one week since the family dog was killed on “Family Guy,” and the Fox animated program has already taken the step of editing the opening credits to remove the character, reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.

In Brian's place, the show has added new dog Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos.”

The show’s Nov. 24 episode angered some fans when Brian, the urbane talking dog, was hit by a car and died. The family then adopted Vinny.

Still, fans who want Brian to return might get their wish, the story notes. The Dec. 15 episode is called “Christmas Guy,” which Fox says is about Stewie, the family’s baby, devising “a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas."

family guy-vinny.jpg"Family Guy" -- with Vinny