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Brian Griffin is back from the dead for a very special Christmas episode of Family Guy.

“I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you?” Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted shortly after Sunday night’s Christmas-themed episode aired.

“Jesus, we’d have to be f**king high.”

Brian Griffin is back from the dead for a very special Christmas episode of Family Guy

Brian Griffin is back from the dead for a very special Christmas episode of Family Guy

Three weeks ago, Family Guy killed off fan-favorite Brian Griffin, the show’s martini-drinking anthropomorphic writer dog.

Brian Griffin, Stewie’s best friend, was hit by a car and almost immediately replaced by a new pet named Vinnie.

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Around 25,000 Family Guy fans have signed a petition demanding Fox and the show’s creator bring back Brian Griffin.

Viewers were left stunned when the talking dog died in the latest episode.

The character, voiced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, was killed off in an episode called Life of Brian after he was hit by a car.

The fans have signed a petition on Change.org to resurrect Brian Griffin.

Brian Griffin, a family dog that talks, drinks, goes out with women and is an aspiring novelist, has been a major character since the pilot of Family Guy in 1999.

Around 25,000 Family Guy fans have signed a petition demanding Fox and the show's creator bring back Brian Griffin

Around 25,000 Family Guy fans have signed a petition demanding Fox and the show’s creator bring back Brian Griffin

The character has appeared in more than 200 episodes of the animated cartoon comedy.

Family Guy, which is set around bumbling father Peter Griffin, his wife Lois, teenage children Chris and Meg and baby Stewie, is known for its raunchy humor.

The show has been criticized by watchdog groups in the US and episodes often feature characters in compromising or inappropriate situations.


The Emmy-nominated series is in its 12th season and averages 6 million viewers an episode in the US.

In Sunday’s episode, the Griffin family is left distraught as Brian dies saying: “You’ve given me a wonderful life. I love you all.”

The family holds a funeral and shares memories of their friend, with Peter Griffin saying: “Brian wasn’t just my dog, he was my best friend in the whole world.”

Later in the sixth episode of Season 12, the family adopts a new dog, smart-talking Vinny voiced by Sopranos actor Tony Sirico, who quickly becomes part of the family even winning over Stewie by the end of the show.

Representatives for Fox have so far declined to comment on Brian Griffin’s death.

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The Simpsons will meet Family Guy for a crossover episode, Fox announced Thursday.

The two highly popular animated comedies are scheduled to meet in autumn of 2014 in a mash-up which will surely have fans jumping for joy.

The episode will take place in The Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield, where Family Guy‘s Griffin family will show up for what will surely be hilarious interaction.

The mash-up has been dubbed The Simpsons Guy and will surely be a win for Fox, which is the home of both shows.

The Simpsons will meet Family Guy for a crossover episode

The Simpsons will meet Family Guy for a crossover episode

According to Fox, when the Griffin family arrives in Springfield during a road trip, they “get along famously” with the Simpsons.

Homer Simpson “welcomes his new <<albino>> friends with open arms”, the episode synopsis explains.

When the famous cartoon families meet, of course Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin will go head to head over which beer is better – Duff or Pawtucket.

Family matriarchs Marge Simpson and Lois Griffin are apparently set to become pals, whilst Stewie and Bart will bond over their mutual love for pranks.

Fox gave comments on behalf of their characters, with Peter Griffin saying: “Fox hasn’t spent this much money since they took Simon Cowell tight T-shirt shopping,” and Homer Simpson adding: “Finally I can get my hands on this guy!”

The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, and Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane, have never had an official crossover episode.

Seth MacFarlane has appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, and Dan Castellaneta of The Simpsons made an appearance on Family Guy, but that has been the extent of it to date.

The Simpsons has been running for 24 seasons now, while Family Guy is in its 11th season.

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Fox’s adult cartoon Family Guy depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon in a recent episode aired last month.

Family Guy Boston Marathon episode, which first aired on March 17, was removed from Fox.com and Hulu.com and the network has no plans air it again, Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday.

The Boston Marathon episode features the show’s main character, Peter Griffin, unwittingly befriending a terrorist who is planning to blow up a bridge and then accidentally detonating two bombs using a cell phone the friend gave him. The sounds of screams follow the detonations.

In a separate and unrelated scene, the episode depicts peter Griffin reminiscing about how he won a former Boston Marathon by mowing over runners in his car.

Adult cartoon Family Guy depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon in a recent episode aired last month

Adult cartoon Family Guy depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon in a recent episode aired last month

“I’ll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Peter Griffin says.

“And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.”

As he talks, Peter Griffin is illustrated driving his car across the finish line with a trail of bloody carnage behind him.

Internet users mashed the clips together and suggested that the Family Guy episode had either predicted or influenced the tragic explosions at the marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured 183.

Family Guy‘s creator, Seth MacFarlane, called the edited clips “abhorrent”.

“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” Seth MacFarlane tweeted on Tuesday.

“The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”

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Fox has decided to pull a recent episode of Family Guy from its websites that depicted people being killed at the Boston Marathon.

The television network says it has no plans to air the episode again soon.

Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Family Guy Boston Marathon episode had been removed from Fox.com.

In the episode, main character Peter Griffin has a flashback about crashing into runners with his car and making friends with a terrorist plotting to blow up a bridge.

When Peter, who is voiced by Seth MacFarlane, dials a mobile phone a friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard in the background.

The episode was originally aired on March 17 in the US.

Fox has decided to pull a recent episode of Family Guy from its websites that depicted people being killed at the Boston Marathon

Fox has decided to pull a recent episode of Family Guy from its websites that depicted people being killed at the Boston Marathon

On some websites in America, an edited clip has been circulating that mixes the two scenes together, making it seem as though the explosion was at the marathon.

Some commenters have since implied that the show “predicted” the bombings.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane criticised the edited clip on Twitter and offered his condolences to the victims of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Seth said: “The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy and my thoughts are with the victims.”

Meanwhile, Film4 has taken the film Four Lions out of its schedule next week after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Chris Morris’s comedy is about a group of British Muslims planning a bomb attack at the London Marathon.

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Episodes of comedy series American Dad and Family Guy were dropped on Sunday in the wake of Friday’s shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 26 dead.

Fox TV instead showed repeats of the shows to avoid broadcasting any potentially sensitive content.

The billed Family Guy episode had featured a retelling of the nativity while in American Dad, a demon punished naughty children at Christmas.

Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino has defended violence in movies.

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, spaghetti western Django Unchained, features graphic violence, including buckets of blood exploding from characters as they are shot.

He said at a press junket in New York for the film on Saturday that he was tired of defending his films each time the US is shocked by gun violence.

“I just think you know there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” he said, adding: “It’s a western. Give me a break.”

Django Unchained is nominated for five Golden Globes at next year’s awards.

The Oscar-nominated director, whose work includes Inglourious Basterds and the Palme d’Or winning Pulp Fiction, said blame for violence should fall on those guilty of the crimes.

But lead actor, Jamie Foxx, said he believes big-screen violence can influence people.

Episodes of comedy series American Dad and Family Guy were dropped on Sunday in the wake of Friday's shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School

Episodes of comedy series American Dad and Family Guy were dropped on Sunday in the wake of Friday’s shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School

Jamie Foxx said: “We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence. It does.”

He stars as the protagonist of Django Unchained, a slave living in the Deep South who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Actor Christoph Waltz, who is also in the film, said he thought films did not provoke violence.

“The media’s responsibility is greater than the story teller is because… Django is violent, but it’s not inspiring violence.

“Because actually to me I find violence… to that degree repulsive. The fact that it looks so impressive is because it’s on a big screen.”

He added that violence was part of the film because it tells the story of American history.

Kerry Washington, who plays Django’s wife Broomhilda, said she believes the film’s explicit brutality serves an important purpose in educating audiences about the atrocities of slavery.

“I do think that it’s important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills,” she said.

On Saturday, premieres in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles for Tom Cruise’s new action film Jack Reacher and Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance were postponed in light of the shootings.

Paramount Pictures said the decision for Jack Reacher was made “out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken”. The film opens with a sniper shooting several people dead.

Fox said Parental Guidance was postponed “in light of the horrific tragedy”.

“The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning.”

Fox also confirmed that a scheduled repeat of The Cleveland Show for Sunday was swapped for a repeat to avoid any potential insensitivities.

Twenty children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone man who then took his own life.

The gunman has been identified by police as Adam Lanza, 20. He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car.

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Tapping into the zeitgeist as usual, cult cartoon Family Guy decided to take a swipe at pop sensation of the moment, Justin Bieber.

As Justin Bieber took to the stage in Toronto on Sunday night, to a chorus of boos, fans tuned in to see him being pummeled by character Peter Griffin on the hit Fox show.

In the episode, which also saw Johnny Depp make a cameo, reprising his role as Edward Scissorhands, Justin Bieber had to take a brutal beating from the father-of-three.

Entitled Lois Comes Out of Her Shell, the episode sees the sitcom’s matriarch start acting half her age, worrying the rest of the family.

She suffers a mid-life crisis during the episode and consequently dresses as a teenager to go and watch Justin Bieber perform live on stage.

After managing to sneak backstage and into his dressing room, Lois is confronted by an angry Peter Griffin , who accuses her of having an affair with the singer.

Justin Bieber pummeled by Peter Griffin in a new episode of Family Guy

Justin Bieber pummeled by Peter Griffin in a new episode of Family Guy

Dealing with the situation in the only way he knows how, Peter Griffin starts punching Justin Bieber until he lays bruised and beaten on the floor.

Later, in one of the cartoon’s trademark cutaway gags, Johnny pops up as a wet nurse, to take care of a naive couple’s young child.

“Okay, I’m an excellent wet nurse, so you two get some much deserved sleep. Don’t worry about a thing. I’m going to take such loving care of this child. And when you two wake up your precious little baby will be smiling as bright as the sun,” he said.

While he was getting the beating of his life on screen, the real Justin Bieber wasn’t having a much better time during his performance at the half-time show at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto.

According to reports, Justin Bieber faced a barrage of boos during his set, despite growing up just a few kilometers down the road from the stadium.