Unique: for seth macfarlane and the audience american dad And family Guy The Writers Guild of America is laying down their equipment and talent until a new deal is struck with the studio.
multiple Emmy winner MacFarlane, american dadBrian Boyle and Matt Weitzman and family GuyRich Appel and Alec Sulkin nail it down to 20th television this week that neither of them would work on the respective series as long as the WGA would be on strike.
Putting His foot Where His Money Is, creator and voiceover star of family Guy and co-creator and voiceover star american dad, MacFarlane has been seen on the picket line since talks with the AMPTP broke down and the guild went on strike on 2 May. His appearance and exit from the two shows, along with fellow WGA members, should come as no big surprise, as MacFarlane was a big advocate for the WGA's strengthening during the previous strike of 2007–2008.
WME-repped MacFarlane and reps from both 20th TODAY TV had no comment when contacted by Deadline on the pre-Oscars host and showrunner's exit.
However, it seems likely that the impact of those departures will have an immediate impact on Fox broadcasts. family Guy Or american dad,
MacFarlane took over all of his duties in the former, which ended its 20-episode 21.scheduled tribe Season on May 7 american dadwho kicked his 20sth season in late March, there's plenty of runway to go before the wheels come off. The animated satire has about 3 months of script, v/o, etc already completed, I hear. Then the studio has to figure out what steps to take next.
In January, Fox renewed family Guy for a 22Ra and 23third Season. Back in December 2021, american dad was updated for 20th and 21scheduled tribe Season.
Like many showrunners, Boyle, Weitzman, Appel and Sulkin were sent letters last week informing them individually that they would have to work their “non-WGA duties.” What exactly constituted such non-guild duties proved to be a tense point of contention between the WGA and the studios. Guild's POV is simply that there is no non-writing element to being a showrunner.
After moving into 2020 with a five-year, $200 million deal with 20th Century Fox Television, McFarlane and his Fuzzy Door Productions have not received a suspension letter from the Comcast-owned company, as many High-profile showrunners and talent have taken off in recent days, sources tell me.
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