Yes, reader: That Seth MacFarlane and "Family Guy" headline on this post is insanely exaggerated, designed only to build reader traffic which is tied directly to my compensation -- as if.
But he did tell the Hollywood Reporter that he thinks "Family Guy" has lived well beyond a reasonable life span, by about three years. (This post also offers a chance to catch up with the always-colorful MacFarlane's comments this past week on "Piers Morgan Tonight." re: Jon Stewart and Nine Eleven...On the jump):
Here's the full outtake from THR, with perspective added by the mag:
"Part of me thinks that 'Family Guy' should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right life span 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.)