What’s going to happen to Family Guy? That’s one of the lingering questions that has been left more-or-less unanswered since the BBC announced plans to move BBC Three online.
Due to a long-running dispute between Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and the BBC over security issues, Family Guy is not available on the iPlayer meaning that moving the series online on a new BBC Three is not possible. Given that, the general consensus has been that, like other BBC Three shows, it would segue to BBC Two.
Today, however, rumours began to circulate that ITV was in talks with Fox to nab the rights to the Seth MacFarlane created animated comedy. Those rumours were fuelled by an image of the Griffin Family on an ITV elevator, as shared on Twitter.
So what’s really going on here? ITV declined to confirm or comment on the matter, but TVWise understands that the broadcaster is indeed in talks with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. But no deal has closed and it is not immediately clear what the nature of those talks are.
One source has suggested that ITV may be in talks to pick up repeat rights to the comedy for ITV2, while another indicated that they were indeed interested in taking over first run rights from the BBC.
Regardless, if the show is on the move it wont be any time soon, as the BBC, after remaining silent on the matter for most of the day, has since confirmed that they hold the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Family Guy through 2017.