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Family Guy 100th episode table read - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2007 10:19PM
Family Guy Yeah, I'm repeating myself, but the only two words that come to mind about today's Family Guy table read/lunch session are: freakin' sweet!

And I'm not just talking about the FG swag (pens, notebooks, inflatable Brian dolls) either. The cast of FG is doing a live table read of the show's 100th episode titled "Stewie Kills Lois." The title says it all!

A FOX publicist advises anyone of the faint of heart and all non-Quagmire-types to consider making their way to the exit door. I don't see anyone leave.

Seth MacFarlane, aka the voice of FG's Peter, Brian and Stewie, introduces the animated show's cast including Mike Henry, who is filling in for Seth Green's Chris.

Mila Kunis (Meg) and Alex Borstein (Lois) join the rest of the cast, including Alec Sulkin and John Veiner, on stage.

The reading begins. Without giving too much away, Stewie decides he needs to finally poop or take off the diaper since he's been talking about committing matricide since the show's inception.

Hardly anyone emerges unscathed from the FG writers in this episode. Victims include The Beatles, the movie The Lake House (and its stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock), Kate Winslet, Dick Clark, sensitive college guitar players, Dennis Miller, James Woods, Rob Lowe, Bert and Ernie, Harrison Ford, Elwood Blues, and -- oh, yeah! --former FG cameo player the Kool-Aid Guy. (Whew!)

Watch for a shocking crime, an innocent character to be accused and a dramatic courtroom entrance worthy of any climax on The Practice.

At the conclusion of the reading, for the third time this press tour (not including the TCA awards show), the membership breaks out into applause.

"Some of this stuff you'll see only on the DVD -- like the swearing, " says MacFarlane.

Does the FCC ever crack down on the Griffin family? "We got a letter from them one time; they said they thought the show was funny," says MacFarlane, "which gives me hope."

Will the jokes be familiar to only those in the age range of the writers? "We're trying not to do just 80s references," says MacFarlane. "We try and keep up to date -- though we still have some Bob Hope references."

"We just hired an 11-year-old writer," quips Borstein.

Rob Lowe and James Woods are set to film a live action bit as Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street as part of this episode. It's not the first time live action will be a part of the show, says MacFarlane, referring to Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal reprising their Dallas characters in the Y2K episode.

Are you friends with any of the people you rip on? "No," says MacFarlane. "I do know that some of the Brolin family members were amused by the last [Barbra Streisand] joke we made."

The actor/writer/producer ends the session on a political note when he's asked what shocks him?

"I don' t know," MacFarlane says. "The Bush administration?"

Next up, it's back to the International Ballroom for panels on The Return of Jezebel James, House and cocktails with the gang from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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