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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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

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.

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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.

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