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'Family Guy' brings dog back from the dead — and no one is surprised

Published December 16, 2013 12:14 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

If you think the public outcry - such as it was - had anything to do with Brian's return from death on "Family Guy," you're flat-out wrong.The animation process takes months. Episodes are in production nine months to a year before they air. So, clearly, bringing the cartoon dog back from the dead was always in the plans.Which makes the whole thing even more cynical and manipulative than it would have been had Brian stayed dead.To make a long, rather stupid story short, young Stewie encountered a time-traveling version of himself, grabbed his backpack time machine, jumped back in time and prevented Brian from getting hit by a car and killed."And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash," series creator Seth MacFarland tweeted.Oh, please. If you like "Family Guy," more power to you. But this is the most mean-spirited show on TV. Don't pretend otherwise.Here is a more accurate tweet from MacFarland:"I mean, you didn't really think we'd kill off Brian, did you? [Expletive], we'd have to be [expletive] high."I've seen "Family Guy." I can't say that would entirely surprise me.