Byline: Christian Toto, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Fox kisses and makes up with "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane in a big way this weekend.
The network brings back Mr. McFarlane's "Family Guy" sitcom from the dead at 9 p.m. Sunday and follows it up with "American Dad," another animated series from Mr. McFarlane's mad mind.
The former completes the curious journey from cancellation to rebirth, a path paved by strong DVD sales and that cherished young male demographic.
Picking up pretty much where the older shows left off, the new "Family Guy" is a scattershot parade of gags both crude and clever. Mr. McFarlane's voiceover work excels as usual - we never tire of baby Stewie's evil rants. Yet those who were left cold by the old "Guy" will find little reason to change their minds.
Still, "Guy's" return is a power-to-the-people milestone in television history.
The same can't be said for "American Dad," which injects political humor into Mr. McFarlane's twisted take on the family sitcom. Right-wing Pop squares off against tree-hugging daughter while an alien captured by the CIA and now living in their home lobs Paul Lynde-style observations into the fracas.
A few jokes click, but for now it seems that Mr. McFarlane's energies are better spent on "Family Guy."
The night begins at 8 p.m. with "The Simpsons' " 350th episode, a rare return to form co-starring Ray Romano as a very Homeresque contractor who would rather drink beer than show up for work.
Burnett finds faith
Reality-show king Mark Burnett has been "touched" by an angelic inspiration.
The man behind "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" is working on a reality show inspired by the long-running CBS drama series "Touched by an Angel," Reuters News Agency reports. He's even eyeing "Angel" stars Roma Downey and Della Reese to join in.
"It's an unscripted show that will be about bringing hope to people," Mr. Burnett told Reuters. "It will be about people in Kansas who have lost their farm and helping get them back on their feet.
"We might profile people under a mountain of medical bills and [find] ways to get them out from under it. …