Fox’s ‘Fam­ily Guy’ launches Sea­son 16 on Sun­day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

As ev­ery­one must know by now, Fox’s an­i­mated se­ries “Fam­ily Guy” lives to lam­poon hu­man na­ture and hu­man frail­ties, and does so with­out fear or fa­vor.

There’s some­thing bracing about “Fam­ily Guy” as it blows its whis­tle on a so­ci­ety that seems to grow ever coarser and more mean-spir­ited, while in­di­vid­u­als squawk at any hint of dis­re­spect di­rected to­ward them and wilt at ev­ery trig­ger word.

For any­one weary of to­day’s re­flex­ive cor­rect­ness, the show, with its deft blend of the in­ge­nious and the rude-and-crude, pro­vides a coun­ter­ac­tive safe space where no low blow, re­gard­less of how low, is in­ad­mis­si­ble. And so it car­ries on, as porky pa­tri­arch Peter Grif­fin and his fam­ily and friends be­gin their 16th sea­son on Sun­day (9 p.m. Eastern) on Fox.

With that in mind, show run­ners Rich Ap­pel and Alec Sulkin re­cently shared some de­tails of what lies ahead — in­clud­ing the se­ries’ 300th episode, which won’t be just a mile­stone, Ap­pel prom­ises, “but one of our best.”

The sea­son pre­miere, said Sulkin, “will be our shame­less grab to win a (best show) Emmy” — an itch so far un­scratched by the Tele­vi­sion Acad­emy. As Peter em­barks on his own For Your Con­sid­er­a­tion cam­paign, he will make “Fam­ily Guy” more like proven Emmy-win­ning shows, in­clud­ing not just com­edy but also dra­mas and re­al­ity. Guest voices in­clude Sofia Ver­gara, Ty Bur­rell, Julie Bowen, Louis C.K., Bill Ma­her, Christina Pick­les and the late Adam West. What else? “We’ll have a spe­cial episode where (pre­co­cious tod­dler) Stewie is in ther­apy for the en­tire half-hour,” said Sulkin, “with the ther­a­pist played by Sir Ian McK­ellen.”

“Stewie ac­tu­ally learns some­thing about him­self,” said Ap­pel — “as op­posed to ev­ery­one else’s ther­apy.”

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