So Family Guy Killed A Major Character Last Night
So if you haven’t watched the episode yet please don’t continue reading…
Last night’s episode brought a shocking death, and according to producers it’s not a joke: Brian the dog was hit by a car during a street hockey game with baby Stewie. His last words were “You’ve given me a wonderful life. I love you all.” Following his passing, the Griffins got a new canine companion, Vinny, voiced by Sopranos actor Tony Sirico. Why doesn’t Stewie just use his time machine to fix the situation, you ask? Well, he took it apart in the same episode, E! Online notes, and he’s missing parts necessary to fix it.
For an explanation of the surprise, E! spoke to executive producer Steve Callaghan. “This was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up,” he said. “We got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics.” As for why it was Brian who suffered the fate, “it seemed more in the realm of a reality”—and less “traumatic”—”that a dog would get hit by a car than if one of the kids died.”
The Simpsons Say Goodbye To Ms. Krabappel (pic)
During the opening credits of last night’s The Simpsons episode, the show paid respect and said farewell to one of their beloved characters.
As we reported earlier this month, Marcia Wallace, the voice of Ms. Krabappel, died on October 25th.
The show decided to retire the character.
The Walking Dead Getting Fifth Season
In news that will shock absolutely nobody, AMC has announced it will renew The Walking Dead for a fifth season.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”
Besides being a mega hit with viewers, I don’t see how they couldn’t renew: Breaking Bad is over, Mad Men is over, they already canceled cop drama The Killing and Low Winter Sun is not doing so well.
No More Mrs. Krabappel
Executive producer Al Jean announced that Mrs. Krabappel will be retired from The Simpsons after Marcia Wallace, the actress who voiced the iconic character, passed away last week due to pneumonia complications.
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” Jean said in a statement released on Saturday, Oct. 26. “She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
“The Simpsons” had been planning on killing off a character, but Jean said it was not Edna Krabappel. “Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” he said.
Glee’s Sixth Season Will Be Its Last
It took one person’s death, but Glee is finally shutting down.
It’s been less than a year since Cory Monteith died of an overdose, but the show seems ready to shut down and move on: Series creator Ryan Murphy has announced that the award-winning comedy-musical will end after its sixth season — and the death of Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show, will play a prominent part in the final run.
Speaking to reporters after a Paley Center event Wednesday, Ryan told TV Line that Cory’s death of a heroin overdose in July has changed the way he always planned to end the series, which is set to wind up during the 2014-2015 season.
“The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was; she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do.”
But he added:
“I have a good idea.”
Meg Ryan Coming Soon To A TV Near You
Meg Ryan is still alive and apparently still interesting in working. The 51-year-old actress is making a television comeback. For the first time in three decades, Meg Ryan will have her own TV show.
Ryan is reported to have landed the lead of a new, not-yet-titled NBC sitcom, it probably helped that she’s executive producer too.
She’ll play a single mom who goes back to work at a New York publishing company, where her former intern is now her young boss.
After Breaking Bad: Walt Jr. Is Now Hosting College Parties
You might be able to fight off your “Breaking Bad” withdrawals: RJ Mitte, or Walt Jr. as you probably know him, is now taking on hosting gigs at college bars where fireball shots are 2 for $5, whatever that means.
I don’t know if I should feel sad about this but hey, at least you can go meet him… I guess.
Anyway, besides hosting ladies night he’s also returning to the small screen with a recurring role on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth.” The show will return for its third season in January.
Glee’s Tribute For Cory Monteith Was Sad As You Could Expect (video)
It was Cory Monteith’s tribute time last night in Glee. The episode let each main cast member sing a song or say goodbye to his character, Finn Hudson, in some way, but the last 15 minutes were reserved for Lea Michele who was Cory’s girlfriend on the show and real life.
The episode was filmed only about a month after Monteith died.