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.