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'Family Guy' back in production

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Cartoon Network has confirmed that Family Guy is back in production after strong DVD sales and its popularity on the channel's "Adult Swim" programming block since its cancellation two years ago.

20th Century Fox has committed to producing a minimum of 22 new thirty-minute episodes, to air from early 2005 on Cartoon Network. Fox is retaining an option to run the episodes on its terrestrial TV network.

Gary Newman, president of 20th Century Fox, said: "This is incredibly exciting for everyone at Fox. The overwhelming response to Family Guy this past year is a real tribute to Seth [MacFarlane, creator and executive producer]'s vision and talent and it's been really gratifying to all the executives who never stopped championing him and the show. The fact that after all this time we were able figure out a way to get back into production is a testament both to Seth's passion for keeping it alive and some really great teamwork among the executives at our studio and home entertainment and syndication divisions and those at Turner and the Cartoon Network. We're thrilled for Seth, we're thrilled for his fans, and to be honest we're thrilled for our teenage kids who threatened to emancipate themselves if we didn't figure out a way to bring the show back."

Remarked MacFarlane: "I'm just incredibly excited that we're back in business on Family Guy. Now all those crazy kids who've been hounding me to bring the show back can stop bothering me and move onto more serious matters - like saving Coupling."

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