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Tribune to Air ‘Family Guy’ Starting Fall 2007

Jul 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television has cleared the animated sitcom “Family Guy” on the Tribune Broadcasting station group for a fall 2007 launch in off-network syndication. The series, which profiles the life of the working-class New England family the Griffins, will run in 20 Tribune markets representing 37 percent of the U.S.

Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television, and John Reardon, president of Tribune Broadcasting, made the joint announcement Thursday.

Tribune stations set to premiere “Family Guy” in off-net include WPIX-TV in New York, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, WGN-TV in Chicago, WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, WLVI-TV in Boston, KDAF-TV in Dallas, WDCW-TV in Washington, KHCW-TV in Houston, KCPQ-TV and KTWB-TV Seattle, and WBZL-TV in Miami.

“Family Guy” debuted in 1999, but was canceled twice by Fox before a DVD set featuring the first season sold millions of units. The ratings for “Family” reruns on cable’s Cartoon Network were so strong, Fox put the show back in production. The show, which has become a merchandising success for Twentieth, begins its sixth season on Fox this fall.

“Family” won an Emmy Award for outstanding voice-over performance in 2000, and an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics in 2002. The series is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator and executive producer, and David Goodman is executive producer and showrunner. Chris Sheridan also serves as executive producer.