Storm forces hurricane-themed Fox episodes off air

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Fox is pulling a hurricane-themed crossover pro­mo­tion of Seth MacFarlane’s ani­mated shows due to the storms and tor­nado dam­age in the South­east­ern United States that have killed about 300 people.

The net­work had planned to air linked episodes of Fam­ily Guy, Amer­i­can Dad! and The Cleve­land Show on Sun­day night. The new install­ments were to have an inter­con­nected story line about a hur­ri­cane on the East­ern Seaboard.

In the 90-minute story, the hur­ri­cane was to hit the fic­tional com­mu­ni­ties of Stool­bend, Qua­hog and Lan­g­ley Falls, accord­ing to a descrip­tion posted by Fox net­work ear­lier last week. Those towns are the homes of the Brown/Tubbs, Grif­fin and Smith fam­i­lies, respec­tively, in MacFarlane’s ani­mated series.

Fox decided to shelve the episodes after con­sult­ing with Mac­Far­lane — the series’ cre­ator — and other writ­ers on the three com­edy series. All agreed to put the seg­ments on hold.

The episodes were writ­ten about 18 months ago, with the inter­con­nected story a major part of Fox’s plans for May sweeps. They had been on the sched­ule for what was described as a “con­sid­er­able” period.

Family Guy Hurricane

Fam­ily Guy Hurricane

How­ever, Fox said in a brief state­ment Fri­day: “In light of the recent storms that have affected the nation, Fox has decided to post­pone the crossover episodes that were orig­i­nally sched­uled to air this Sunday.”

Those episodes will be shown next sea­son instead, a spokes­woman for the net­work said. Reruns of all three series will air in their place Sun­day night.

In a call with reporters last week, Mac­Far­lane described the crossover con­cept, inspired by Fox Enter­tain­ment pres­i­dent Kevin Reilly’s idea, as an “enor­mous challenge.”

[Via Enter­tain­ment Weekly http://insidetv.ew.com/…-hurricane-episodes/, New York Times http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/…urricane-story-line/, CNNhttp://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/…-episodes-postponed/, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/…-guy-american-183721]

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