Due to the current WGA strike, Seth MacFarlane and the showrunners have put a stop to work on Family Guy and American Dad.
Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin from Family Guy, Brian Boyle and Matt Weitzman of American Dad, and Emmy-winning Seth MacFarlane have all informed 20th Television that they will not be working on their respective shows while the WGA strike is ongoing.
Since May 2 when the guild began the strike after talks with the AMPTP broke down, MacFarlane has been observably present on the picket lines.
His decision to leave the two series and his support for his fellow WGA members are consistent with his past behavior; MacFarlane was a major proponent of the WGA’s resolute attitude during the previous strike in 2007-2008.
Like many other showrunners, Boyle, Weitzman, Appel, and Sulkin also received letters last week telling them to report for their non-WGA obligations. However, the WGA and the studios are increasingly at odds over how to define these non-guild tasks. The guild is adamant that writing is a necessary component of every part of a showrunner’s job.
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The strike has put a pause on writing for upcoming episodes of Family Guy and American Dad, but production is still going on for the ones that have already been written and recorded, according to Deadline. This covers information that is three months or more out. Family Guy just finished its 21st season, and episodes of American Dad are currently being released.
When production on these shows resumes and when the upcoming season might premiere will ultimately depend on how long the writers’ strike lasts.
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Additionally, the shows are only accessible on Disney+ in a number of nations, including the UK, Canada, and Australia.