The future of “Family Guy” at FOX may never have really been in doubt, but the network never formally announced its return for 2016-17.

Or rather, it did, but it was buried in an announcement about another project from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. But for the record, “Family Guy” is indeed returning for 2016-17.

On May 4, the network announced that MacFarlane would create and star in his first live-action series for FOX, a sci-fi show that blends comedy and drama. It’s being developed for the 2017-18 season. Five paragraphs into the press release, these sentences appear (emphasis added):

“Seth MacFarlane is familiar to FOX audiences as the creator, executive producer and voice actor on the long-running and Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series ‘Family Guy,’ currently in its 13th season. The series has been renewed through the 2016-2017 television season.”

A search for “Family Guy renewed” turns up very little in the way of concrete reports on the renewal (this site was among the few that noticed), which suggests that a lot of people whose job it is to cover TV (including this one) didn’t read down into the boilerplate on the release. Whoops.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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