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Following what’s characterized as “years of very complicated negotiations,” Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been given the green light to reboot classic animated sitcom The Flinstones for television and film.
Deadline attributes at least part of the reason for the prolonged talks to concerns by Warner Bros. Television, which has held The Flinstones rights since 1996, over how MacFarlane might reinterpret the modern Stone Age family. Of course, it’s worth noting that although he’s known for a certain brand of off-color humor with American Dad, The Cleveland Show and the aforementioned Family Guy, MacFarlane began his career at Hanna-Barbera working on Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and Dexter’s Laboratory.
Airing on ABC from 1960 to 1966, The Flinstones was the first animated series to be nominated for an Emmy for outstanding comedy series; Family Guy became the second 48 years later. The series has been revived or spun off nearly a dozen times in the past five decades, first in 1971 with The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, and most recently in 1996 with Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm. It’s also spawned numerous animated specials, television movies and two live-action features.
There’s no broadcast date yet for the new Flintstones, which will air on Fox.