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Comic-Con Animation Highlights: 'Family Guy,' 'Cleveland Show,' 'Futurama,' and 'The Simpsons'

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 24th 2010 10:35PM
seth_macfarlane_the_family_guy_foxIn terms of red-hot scoop from all your favorite animated miscreants on the ground in San Diego, the 'Family Guy' and 'The Simpsons' panels were ahead of the pack, choosing to devote most of their panel time to Q&As, while 'Cleveland Show' and 'Futurama' amused audiences with a live table-read of scenes from upcoming episodes, as well as sneak peeks of what's already been produced.

But what 'Futurama' and 'Cleveland' lacked in spoilers, they made up for in pure Comic Con geekiness; both shows have upcoming episodes that feature their eclectic casts paying a visit to Comic Con!

cleveland_show_foxThe upcoming 'Cleveland' plot centers around Cleveland Brown visiting the super-convention in an attempt to sell a comic book he created, while his wife Donna realizes that famed movie director Robert Rodriguez is screening a blaxploitation movie that she starred in when she was in her twenties. Blackmail, geek references, and a cameo from the famed 'Simpsons' character Comic Book Guy ensue -- it's the only crossover between the Groening-verse and Macfarlane-verse that you're likely to see for a while.

'Futurama,' meanwhile, showed us a clip of what Comic Con might be like in the year 3010, where 'Simpsons' and 'Futurama' creator Matt Groening (or his disembodied head in a jar) conducts a panel -- threatening to shoot anyone who dares ask him a question about when the next 'Simpsons' movie will be released. Inevitably, Bender decides to do just that. Guess what happens?

The rest of the panel juice -- not from concentrate:

Family Guy
-- Fans were shown the first nine minutes from the upcoming 'Family Guy: Star Wars' threequel 'It's a Trap,' which is set for release on DVD/Bluray Dec. 21. Seth Macfarlane said that no further 'Star Wars' specials were planned after the release of this 'Return of the Jedi' spoof. Both because it's too pricey and almost killed them this time around, and because, as Alex Borstein pointed out '[Episodes 1-3] SUCKED.'

-- Upcoming plots involve Stewie venturing to the North Pole to try and kill Santa Claus, Mayor West joining the Griffin family when he marries Lois' sister, Brian writing a self-help book and "becoming an enormous douche," and Lois will do a porno, which we will apparently see a little too much of ...

-- Meg will also reportedly get the opportunity to release all of her pent up aggression and frustration on her mocking family, at the same time as Brian is tripping out on magic mushrooms.

-- The hour long premiere will be called 'Clue' and will play out like a classic Agatha Christie whodunnit. Many main characters will die!

-- There's an hour long Christmas special that will feature three musical numbers, and an episode in which Peter goes to AA, which will also have a song.

-- There may also be a Meg/Joe moment in an upcoming episode. Patrick Warburton teased that it gets "intimate."

The Cleveland Show
-- An upcoming episode will feature Cleveland playing basketball against President Obama. Let's just say, "I've got to call my secretary of education, because you just got schooled."

-- The first episode back will allegedly be 'The Cleveland Show: Live' and will have a Tim-centric aspect.

-- One of Matt Groening's favorite new episodes will air next week, and will see the Professor invent a time machine that supposedly only goes forward.

-- Fry's pursuit of Leela will continue; their romance will be a theme throughout the season.

-- Amy and the Professor will switch bodies in order for the Professor to cheat death.

-- Grossest Comic Con moment goes to the Professor and Dr. Zoidberg, who engage in an icky (and passionate kiss).

-- We'll get to see what Planet Express looks like in 3030.

the_simpsons_fox_bowThe Simpsons
-- The cast are signed through season 23, the creators see no end in sight as long as people keep watching.

-- Their upcoming guest list is very impressive; the vocal talents of Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Martha Stewart, Hugh Laurie, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Jonah Hill and the cast of 'Glee' will all appear in new episodes.

-- For the Christmas special in 2011 (yes, they plan that far ahead) we'll see Homer and Marge 30 years in the future as empty nesters, with Bart, Lisa and Maggie bringing their own kids over for Christmas.

-- This year's Christmas special will see the Simpsons as we've never seen them before -- in puppet form!

-- This year's Treehouse of Horror will feature a spoof of 'The Office' with Frankenstein, The Mummy and a witch at Dunder Mifflin.

Which show are you most excited to see return in the fall? Do you approve of the latest 'Simpsons' guest stars? Sound off below!

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i'm just trying to wrap my head around which simpsons characters will represent which office characters in which monster form... brain-meltingly meta.

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