EXCLUSIVE: BBC Three is sticking with its US imports. I’ve now confirmed that BBC Three has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the eleventh season of Fox’s animated series Family Guy and the third season of FX’s comedy series Wilfred from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The acquisitions of the new seasons had been expected as both have been solid performers for the channel. I hear that the new seasons of both series are slated to premiere on BBC Three this Summer.
Created by Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy follows the adventures of Peter Griffin and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders in Quahog, Rhode Island. The animated series, which has been renewed for a twelfth season, is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis. In the show’s eleventh season the Griffins climb Mount Everest; Lois has a mid-life crisis; Meg falls for a boy who turns out to like her brother, Chris; and Brian and Stewie leap into action after they discover the company owned by Lois’ dad, Carter Pewterschmidt, has found the cure for cancer.
Wilfred is based on the Australian TV series of the same name and was developed for American television by David Zuckerman. The series is about a young man, Ryan (Elijah Wood), struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred (Jason Gann), his neighbor’s pet dog. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit. The series is produced by FX Productions and stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann and Dorian Brown. Guest stars for season three include Chris Klein, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Gina Gershon, Angela Kinsey, Jenny Mollen and Lance Reddick.
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