9-9:30 PM · FOX · Returns Sept. 28
Fox ponied up $100,000,000 to keep Family Guy creator and 34-year-old wunderkind Seth MacFarlane in-house for the next five years, where he will continue to oversee Sunday-night mainstays Family Guy and American Dad, as well as Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, which is slated for 2009. To earn his $100 million, MacFarlane will still have to divide himself between these three shows. For Family Guy he's playing Peter trying to persuade Jesus to quit his job at a used record store, then directing Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase's Spies Like Us reunion in another episode, and planning a sequel to the show's Emmy-nominated Star Wars spoof, temporarily nicknamed ''Something, Something, Something Dark Side.'' In addition, there's a Family Guy movie that Fox would very much like to make, given that the Simpsons' first big-screen outing grossed $527 million globally. ''We have an idea what it would be about,'' MacFarlane says. But ''how do we do it while we're doing a series? That's the problem The Simpsons faced for 20 years.''