- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2007

‘Family Guy’ alive

Rumors of the (second) demise of “Family Guy” appear to have been greatly exaggerated, Zap2It.com reports.

Writers on the Fox animated comedy returned to work last week after a two-month hiatus that led many critics to suggest that “Guy” might be facing the chopping block for a second time.

Initially scheduled to begin writing the sixth season of the show back in late October, “Guy’s” staff was sent packing while 20th Century Fox TV attempted to negotiate a new deal with series creator/voice/Executive Producer Seth MacFarlane.

While industry trade papers agree that the studio doesn’t yet have a fresh contract with Mr. MacFarlane, “Guy” ‘s writers were called back a week ago and started cranking out stories the next day.

“Family Guy” was canceled by Fox after two seasons in 2002. It returned two years later after Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” and DVD releases indicated the show had many fans.

Mr. MacFarlane, who also executive produces Fox’s “American Dad” and the upcoming live-action series “The Winner,” is expected to receive a lucrative deal that will be in place in the near future.

Back in the saddle

AMC will team up again with Oscar-nominee Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”) and director Walter Hill on two new development deals, Cynopsis.com reports.

The two worked on the critically acclaimed “Broken Trail” miniseries for the cable channel, and the new projects will also be Western-themed. Mr. Hill will write, direct and executive produce an hourlong Western pilot for the network. Mr. Church will write and executive produce a four-hour Western miniseries, titled “Last Horseman,” along with writer David Denny,

“Broken Trail” has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards. Mr. Church received a supporting actor nomination, Robert Duvall received a best actor nomination, and the series is up for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

It’s your ‘Choice’

Queen Latifah is hosting the 33rd Annual People’s Choice Awards, airing live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium at 9 tonight on CBS.

Presenters for the event include Christina Applegate, LL Cool J, Eva Longoria, Rob Morrow, Emily Procter, Skeet Ulrich, David Spade, Wanda Sykes, Kiefer Sutherland, Howie Mandel, Isaiah Washington and Jason Ritter.

Fans can vote for their favorite new television drama and comedy on the Web at www.pcavote.com during the first half of the live telecast.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web, wire and staff reports.

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