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2013-11-26 04:14:17 PM
You know, it's a cartoon show right?
They can bring him back next week or next month or next year like nothing ever happened.  Other cartoons have done that before...
 
2013-11-26 04:31:25 PM
How bout saving this one

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-26 04:53:10 PM
If they use the time machine I think they'd prob just tell him to stay out of the street
 
2013-11-26 05:03:44 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: You know, it's a cartoon show right?
They can bring him back next week or next month or next year like nothing ever happened.  Other cartoons have done that before...


Of course. But that doesn't stop people from doing crazy things like starting a change.org petition with almost 57,000 signatures to bring him back.
 
2013-11-26 05:20:50 PM
We have the technology...but we don't wanna spend a lot of money.
 
2013-11-26 05:23:50 PM
This is just getting stupid now.
 
2013-11-26 05:27:08 PM
Did they replace him with Poochie?
 
2013-11-26 05:28:32 PM
Don't you all get it!? Don't you understand? Alternate/past/future/sideways Brian was driving the car!
 
2013-11-26 05:30:03 PM
That new dog sucks. Its like a Poochie gag gone meta. Just outright terrible.

Also, not sure what the lead time is for animation, but if they really want to salvage this then just pick it up on Christmas when Stewie says he traveled into the future to see what the new big Christmas gift was that year. Its cheap and lazy, so would fit perfectly with the storytelling.
 
2013-11-26 05:37:03 PM

whither_apophis: Did they replace him with Poochie?


Basically.

Yes, yes, it's only a tv show... but this entire idea was just absolutely stupid. "Brian" was the only character that had any measurable worth to the chemistry of the series. If Seth was tired of doing the part, he might as well have ended the series entirely.

It's sad that we have to put up with this kind of crap and yet a show like Futurama has been cancelled repeatedly.
 
2013-11-26 05:37:44 PM

RoosterCogburn: That new dog and Brian sucks. Its like a Poochie gag gone meta. Just outright terrible.

Also, not sure what the lead time is for animation, but if they really want to salvage this then just pick it up on Christmas when Stewie says he traveled into the future to see what the new big Christmas gift was that year. Its cheap and lazy, so would fit perfectly with the storytelling.


FTFY
 
2013-11-26 05:40:16 PM
If only there was a way to reanimate a dead cartoon character.
 
2013-11-26 05:42:17 PM

blacksharpiemarker: whither_apophis: Did they replace him with Poochie?

Basically.

Yes, yes, it's only a tv show... but this entire idea was just absolutely stupid. "Brian" was the only character that had any measurable worth to the chemistry of the series. If Seth was tired of doing the part, he might as well have ended the series entirely.

It's sad that we have to put up with this kind of crap and yet a show like Futurama has been cancelled repeatedly.


Cancelled repeatedly? Sounds like they were given plenty of chances, then. Most shows only get cancelled once.
 
2013-11-26 05:46:55 PM
"Honey, they are talking about you on the Family Man."
"Is that the one with the alien?"
"No, that's the American Guy."
 
2013-11-26 05:48:15 PM
So for the Christmas show, Stewie goes to the store that his past self had timetraveled to to buy Christmas toys, tells his past self what happened, past self corrects it because he still has his time machine. Done.

It had *better* happen. I'm really getting tired of TV writers that seem to get a sick thrill from bumming out viewers. I'm just about fed up with TV....
 
2013-11-26 05:49:44 PM
So, how many episodes until we find out that was jasper, or something equally convoluted?

//it was a publicity gimmick, folks. At least he wasn't water skiing in a leather jacket..
 
2013-11-26 05:51:35 PM
Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.
 
2013-11-26 05:57:28 PM

MC Magic Cracker: Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.


Goddamn, I hope more cartoon dogs die now.
 
2013-11-26 06:00:59 PM
Publicity stunt. He'll be back. It was Brian's car that hit him. He hit himself. Some sort of timey-wimey thing.
 
2013-11-26 06:01:04 PM

Ned Stark: MC Magic Cracker: Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.

Goddamn, I hope more cartoon dogs die now.


Is Scrappy Doo still alive, cause that little farker needs to be put down.
 
2013-11-26 06:05:20 PM

Walker: Publicity stunt. He'll be back. It was Brian's car that hit him. He hit himself. Some sort of timey-wimey thing.


It's the original Brian killing the self-important pretentious pseudo-intellectual douchebag that replaced him half a dozen years ago.
 
2013-11-26 06:06:45 PM

Whatthefark: Ned Stark: MC Magic Cracker: Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.

Goddamn, I hope more cartoon dogs die now.

Is Scrappy Doo still alive, cause that little farker needs to be put down.


Much like chumbawumba in the 90s,
He gets KNOCKED DOWN, but HE GETS UP AGAIN!

//fully agreed, though..
 
2013-11-26 06:06:52 PM

Somaticasual: So, how many episodes until we find out that was jasper, or something equally convoluted?

//it was a publicity gimmick, folks. At least he wasn't water skiing in a leather jacket..


Nah, Jasper was at the funeral. As someone else suggested an alternate reality Stewie will show up needing something and Stewies price will be a trip back to save Brian.
 
2013-11-26 06:10:56 PM
It had *better* happen. I'm really getting tired of TV writers that seem to get a sick thrill from bumming out viewers. I'm just about fed up with TV....

pixel.nymag.com

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rough week

you'll get over it
 
2013-11-26 06:13:50 PM

Snapper Carr: Walker: Publicity stunt. He'll be back. It was Brian's car that hit him. He hit himself. Some sort of timey-wimey thing.

It's the original Brian killing the self-important pretentious pseudo-intellectual douchebag that replaced him half a dozen years ago.


That would be awesome.
 
2013-11-26 06:19:20 PM

MC Magic Cracker: Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.


Is this a real post?
 
2013-11-26 06:26:09 PM

Snapper Carr: Walker: Publicity stunt. He'll be back. It was Brian's car that hit him. He hit himself. Some sort of timey-wimey thing.

It's the original Brian killing the self-important pretentious pseudo-intellectual douchebag that replaced him half a dozen years ago.



MSNBC Brian?
 
2013-11-26 06:29:09 PM

MC Magic Cracker: Family Guy episode scheduled to air in 2014, starring Brian.

And with that, my argument is, don't bother to bring back Brian.  You killed him, and that means I'm not watching any more.  Let him be dead.

The writers killed off a character subplot that was a major draw for a subset of viewers, including me. At one point they even made an effort to base episodes around that relationship. The producer's interview with EW suggests to me that the writers were being entirely callous, if not intentionally malicious, to that subset of fans. The producer describes the excitement of conspiring with the other writers about how to kill him. He says "our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us." That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.

I'd argue that a similar subset of people would be just as upset if a beloved real life character like Grumpy Cat died from the same cause as the fictional one. And if someone INTENTIONALLY killed Grumpy Cat, there'd be even more vitriol focused on that person. Fictional characters and celebrities become a regular part of our lives, one that we associate with an era. Moreso than simple zeitgeist. Unlike real life, cartoon pets live forever as far as the fan's perception goes. This was just cruelty.

This is like, Scooby Doo suddenly dies, so immediately another talking dog walks up to the Mystery Machine, and they go solve a mystery. Seth MacFarlane just set a record height and hangtime over the shark. Viewers will always remember watching Brian die.  There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.


Children are watching Family Guy?
 
2013-11-26 06:33:09 PM

whither_apophis: Did they replace him with Poochie?


I watched the episode last night, and yes.
 
2013-11-26 06:34:13 PM

MC Magic Cracker: There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.


HAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2013-11-26 06:36:34 PM

Spartapuss: It had *better* happen. I'm really getting tired of TV writers that seem to get a sick thrill from bumming out viewers. I'm just about fed up with TV....





rough week

you'll get over it


I get that there's a statute of limitations on spoilers, but I don't think a week is too much to ask for asswipe.
 
2013-11-26 06:38:41 PM
Couldn't. save. his. liver.
 
2013-11-26 06:42:45 PM

scottydoesntknow: MC Magic Cracker: There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.

HAHAHAHAHAHA


Dude, I think he is actually serious!
 
2013-11-26 06:45:17 PM

A_bomb37: Spartapuss: It had *better* happen. I'm really getting tired of TV writers that seem to get a sick thrill from bumming out viewers. I'm just about fed up with TV....

rough week

you'll get over it

I get that there's a statute of limitations on spoilers, but I don't think a week is too much to ask for asswipe.

 
2013-11-26 06:45:47 PM

Dragonflew: scottydoesntknow: MC Magic Cracker: There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Dude, I think he is actually serious!


Well then I need to adjust accordingly!

farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2013-11-26 06:50:50 PM

MC Magic Cracker: There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.


Who the fark lets their children watch Family Guy?
 
2013-11-26 06:51:56 PM

DanZero: How bout saving this one


img.fark.net

HELLZ NO!! The one-off episode from Amazing Stories was good, but the series itself was Allen Gregory awful.
 
2013-11-26 06:53:14 PM
Some people are taking this shiat way, way too seriously. Both the "oh noes, bring Brian back" people AND the "I have a burning hatred for a cartoon dog who is liberal" people.
 
2013-11-26 06:54:19 PM
Can we kill the Simpsons while we're at it?  Maybe a house fire or something...
 
2013-11-26 06:54:38 PM

mongbiohazard: Some people are taking this shiat way, way too seriously. Both the "oh noes, bring Brian back" people AND the "I have a burning hatred for a cartoon dog who is liberal" people.


START NAMING NAMES
 
2013-11-26 06:58:17 PM

Handsome B. Wonderful: MC Magic Cracker: There are children who watched one of their favorite cartoons die a gruesome death.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZomwVcGt0LE

Damn straight.  He could still be around to teach lessons about paying back your debts.
 
2013-11-26 06:58:27 PM
img.fark.net.
 
2013-11-26 07:00:28 PM
CSB Time: The "Hey let's kill the dog!" schtick was something originally thought up by Bil "Family Circus" Keane. In a radio interview, he mentioned that he was thinking of killing off Barfy (the real Barfy BTW only lived a few months with the RL Keane family before he was run over by a car).

Lynn "For Better Or For Worse" Johnston heard about the plot and decided to short-circuit that plan by her killing off HER cartoon dog Farley first.

3.bp.blogspot.com

And now we have Seth MacFarlane committing Poochicide. Probably because he heard on the grapevine that Matt Groening is gonna bump off Santa's Little Helper (You heard it here first!)
 
2013-11-26 07:02:17 PM
Oh, and one more thing..............


"Vinnie". I like dat.  ;)

img01.imagecanon.com
 
2013-11-26 07:03:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: Rev. Skarekroe: You know, it's a cartoon show right?
They can bring him back next week or next month or next year like nothing ever happened.  Other cartoons have done that before...

Of course. But that doesn't stop people from doing crazy things like starting a change.org petition with almost 57,000 signatures to bring him back.


You know what? Fark Change.org, and fark everybody who makes or signs a Change.org petitions. Everyone involved is a moron who don't know how petitions work.
 
2013-11-26 07:24:26 PM
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
 
2013-11-26 07:29:52 PM
Was always Seth MacFarlane's mary sue, so the entire thing seems really self absorbed to me.
 
2013-11-26 07:43:05 PM

MC Magic Cracker: That proves I can trust them to kill a family's pet solely because the idea excites them -- even considering the fact that it's a fictional pet.


I thought Brian wasn't considered to be the family's pet.
 
2013-11-26 08:10:20 PM
i.imgur.com

I don't buy this idea, that's not Brian's car, other than the color they look absolutely nothing alike.
 
2013-11-26 08:18:43 PM

stoli n coke: Cancelled repeatedly? Sounds like they were given plenty of chances, then. Most shows only get cancelled once.


Granted, it all comes down to subjective tastes, but Futurama had a strong following, some great characters, and a pretty decent team of writers.

Seth has three different series on the air. I'd argue 40% of the episodes belonging to those series are easily forgettable. (Cleveland show, I'm looking at you)

Futurama deserved a better chance. Had the series run straight through from its 1999 debut, it would have had a much stronger and significant presence. Resuscitating the series is what crippled it, and I'm sorry to see it gone. Fox really mucked that up.

On that note, I hope this whole Vinnie story ends up being a sub-plot. Maybe Seth needed a year long break.
 
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