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Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane Pines for Star Trek TV Reboot

The love-him-or-hate-him brain behind Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and an upcoming reboot of The Flinstones wants to sink his teeth into a new version of a beloved science fiction franchise. That’s right, Seth MacFarlane wants to take over Star Trek, as revealed in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview.

MacFarlane is particularly eager to reboot one of his favorite franchises, Star Trek, for TV. “I don’t know who would give me the keys to that car,” he jokes, acknowledging that the films have been so profitable for Paramount that he isn’t so sure they have a lot of interest in getting back into the TV business. “But I’d love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience.”

MacFarlane also discussed Family Guy and his theory that the series should have ended a few seasons back, but has been kept alive for fans and the hundreds people bringing the show to life every week.

“Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series,” he says of a show that launched its tenth season last month. “I talk to the fans and in a way I’m kind of secretly hoping for them to say we’re done with it. There are plenty of people who say the show is kind of over the hill… but still the vast majority go pale in the face when I mention the possibility.” As he sees it, there’s something to be said for wrapping up the series and doing a movie once every couple of years. “Creatively, that would be the way to do it for me. Do a really fantastic final episode while the show is still strong,” he says, acknowledging that there are plenty of powerful reasons — including the viewer demand and the amount of people employed by the series, some 300 people in total — to give him pause. (There is a deal in place for a Family Guy movie, which he is writing with series co-producer Ricky Blitt; it’s now a matter of finding time in MacFarlane’s schedule to make it happen.)

The multi-voiced creator also discussed updating some of the technology on The Flinstones for a modern era, his desire to create an modern version of an old-fashioned musical and why being employed by Disney is like working in a concentration camp.


  • Jeff Kraschinski

    The show should end with Meg going postal and killing everyone for all the abuse she’s suffered over the years.

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    And the list of people wanting to take a crack at a new Star Trek series grows…

  • Jacob

    Orci and Kurtzman are already handling the series fine. If Paramount ever wants a TV series, they’d turn to those guys first, seeing as they’ve already got that relationship.

  • Alex

    I don’t think you can do a Star Trek show that constantly switches to unrelated scenes of old TV shows and movies. I don’t Spock would randomly mention ‘You Can’t Do That on Television’ and reinact the credit sequence of said show and call it a joke.

    I don’t think that would work.

  • Mark Walley

    *Kirk is standing on the bridge with the crew of the USS ENTERPRISE*
    SPOCK: Sir, the Klingons are hailing us.
    KIRK: That reminds me of that time in Starfleet Academy when I went out drinking with Jessica Alba and I poured a drink down the back of a Klingon.
    *Cuts to Kirk standing by Jessica Alba pouring a drink down the back of a Klingon*
    KIRK: Happy times…

    It would be like that, but less funny.

  • Cjorg2

    and with a “Giggety Giggety… Oh yeah!”  Don’t forget that

  • Personanongratajoe

    God no, please. Please don’t let that sell out, that poser get his greedy hands on it. Transcending the science fiction format might reduce it to another mushy and formless product that McFarlane is so famous for creating. I doubt that asshole even has any respect for the vision of Gene Roddenberry. If left alone he might degrade it into a parody of what it once was-worst of worst would be that it would be as inferior as Family Guy or his other creations. The guy is the scripted kiss of death to television, lowering the worth of the art form and its viewers. The only thing worse than a McFarlane show is day time TV and reality TV. In many cases reality TV contributes more to our culture than that man has. I hope that CBS and Paramount will have the good sense to polity say no to that sham artist.