By Lisa de Moraes
The producers of Fox’s “Family Guy” say a Web site set up to issue a “special announcement from Brian” — the dog character that was killed off on the show last weekend — is a hoax.
“The site was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network,” said a statement Tuesday morning from the Fox unit that produces “Family Guy,” in response to questions about the site.
Two days after the “shocking” death of the Fox animated show’s talking dog, a countdown clock appeared on-line that promised a “special announcement from Brian” on the way — in 10 days and counting at time — with the suggestion that grieving viewers should “spread the word.”
“Family Guy” fans had expressed skepticism over the death-by-car of Brian last Sunday, going so far as to launch a petition to resurrect the pooch.
Though Brian was buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans were suspicious. After all, Stewie could use that temporarily-out-of-order time machine with which he and Brian averted a cataclysmic 9/11-like event in the controversial 2011 episode to bring Brian back from the dead.
Yes, the family ran right out and got themselves a new dog, voiced by “Sopranos” star Tony Sirico (“Paulie Walnuts”), who’s been was tapped for six episodes, possibly more.