Seth MacFarlane: No Birther Talk on ‘Family Guy’

by | April 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Family Guy, Interviews

Seth MacFarlane (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Seth MacFarlane (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Seth MacFarlane does not plan to address the recent Barack Obama birther controversy on upcoming episodes of his hit Fox comedies.

“I think the birth certificate issue is something that will pretty quickly go away and people will find a new ridiculous thing to get all wound up about,” he says.

MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad” is famous for poking fun at pop culture and current events.

“I wouldn’t waste a whole half hour on TV about something that no one will be talking about a year from now,” he says. 

The 35 year-old media mogul has enough on his plate these days:  in addition to directing his first live action movie (“Ted,” due next year), he is preparing for this weekend’s first-ever three show crossover event.

“The concept of the trilogy dates back, I suppose, to the theme nights of the 1980s where you would have three or four sitcoms in a row and there would be a theme that was kind of interwoven into each one,” he told reporters in a conference call Wednesday.

In the episodes airing Sunday, a hurricane sweeps through the towns of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls, bringing many of the characters together on screen for the first time.

“There were talks initially about doing a crossover with all the characters with all the shows – which does play a part in this,” MacFarlane says.  “But it became a little bit of a conundrum because you have three different staffs, each of whom is writing three separate sets of characters and there is no way to blend them all together without affecting the other episodes.  So it was a little bit of a challenge.

“But this idea of an outside force that kind of sweeps its way through all three shows, linking them together, seemed like kind of a cool way to accomplish that.”

A risk?  Perhaps – but that’s just fine with MacFarlane.

“If it is something that could potentially ruin the show forever, then it is something we should try,” he says.  “At the end of the day, what is the worst that could happen?  Better to go out taking some risks than to rest on your laurels and fall into some lazy pattern.”

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