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'Family Guy' producer explains why they killed who they killed

Who was it? We left it out of the headline on purpose, you know. Remember when everyone had to watch a show when it was on, with no promise of the show ever being broadcast again? Boy, spoilers weren't much of a problem then. You either saw it or you didn't.

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Who was it? We left it out of the headline on purpose, you know. Remember when everyone had to watch a show when it was on, with no promise of the show ever being broadcast again? Boy, spoilers weren't much of a problem then. You either saw it or you didn't.

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In deference to all the whiners who complain when they read spoilers because they were too busy wrapping Thanksmas gifts for starving orphans and haven't yet emptied their DVRs, we'll give you one entire sentence to stop reading before we get into this. Are they gone? Good. Now we can talk about how Family Guy decided to kill Brian the dog by hitting him with a car.

Executive producer Steve Callaghan told E! that Sunday's episode, in which Brian took a dirtnap, came up as an idea in the writers room and became popular because of "the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters." They picked Brian not because Seth MacFarlane was tired of providing the voice, but because, well, who else would you kill?

"It seemed more in the realm of reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died," Callaghan said. "As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet."

Well, that makes a lot more sense than we thought the show would after almost 12 seasons. Besides, Sopranos star Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) has already replaced Brian as Vinny the new dog. Callaghan already promises Vinny will "call Stewie out on his B.S. freely." Wow, The Juice* may have to actually start watching Family Guy again.

[Last modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:32pm]

    

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