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'The Flintstones' Getting a Reboot by Seth MacFarlane

by Chris Harnick, posted May 16th 2011 4:20PM
Seth MacFarlaneYabba Dabba Wha? Seth MacFarlane has closed a deal to reboot 'The Flintstones' via new TV and film projects.

First reported by Deadline, MacFarlane and his legal team have cleared the necessary hurdles to get the project started. Fox confirmed the news at their 2011 Upfronts.

MacFarlane is known for his Fox cartoon sitcoms 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'The Cleveland Show,' and that type of humor reportedly put some 'Flintstones' shareholders on edge.

The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon aired from 1960-1966 on ABC. The series aired several spinoffs and animated specials throughout the years, with the most recent, 'The Flintstones: On The Rocks' airing in 2001.

It was reinterpreted for the big screen starring John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell in 1994 with a prequel, 'The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,' hitting theaters in 2000.

Fox said it will air in 2013.

Tell us: Do you think a new 'Flintstones' series is a good idea?

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I love the Flintstones, so I'm definitely curious and a little anxious to see what it will be. Yes' i'm concerned that they may "pervert" this classic like they've done so many others, but if they do, I wont watch anymore. Simple as that.

August 18 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And the Flintstones selling Winston cigarettes is truely one of my fondest childhhod memories. C'mon guys gimme a break! And Bugs Bunny was sooo politcally correct. Give the guy a chance. It cant be any worse than what
hollywood has done to some of my favorite book/comic book heros.

May 27 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bad idea! Leave this childhood classic alone!!!!!!!

May 20 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam Pierce

Bringing the series back is a great idea but NOT with Seth MacFarlane. His shows are popular but I really don't see his style of humor working with The Flintstones. I'm calling it now, the series will be cancelled after the first season. Maybe the second but that would be a stretch.

May 19 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh good, I can't wait for childhood classics to start telling modern sexist and homophobic jokes.

May 19 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh NO! Fred and Barney doing penis jokes, fart jokes, puke jokes? And don't forget Betty has to be an ultra-conservative so she can look like an idiot. This is a VERY bad idea. Leave this classic alone!

May 17 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

Doubt I'll watch it. Given the track record, Dino will be the only funny thing about the show, and then he'll turn into some homosexual with murderous tendencies toward Bam Bam or something equally stupid.

May 17 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the show will be brilliant as long as he keeps his political views out of it. That's the only thing I hate about Family Guy, there's way too many Democrat-bashing comments scattered through-out every show.

May 17 2011 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's funny how shareholders were nervous about MacFarlane's humor.....how quickly they forget that Fred and Barney did cigarette commercials...great example for children.

May 17 2011 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eludium Q36

This could be the greatest ever! He's already lampooned the Flintstones several times within Family Guy. Once this is a success, look for him to "reboot" The Jetsons! Awesome. He's going to need his own network with all his animated hits!

May 16 2011 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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