Fox pits 'Family Guy' against the Olympics
One of the chief complaints "Family Guy" fans had against Fox during its three seasons was the yo-yo scheduling of the show.
So there's good news and bad news about the return of the show later this month. The good news is that Fox will air two Wednesday-night marathons of "Family Guy" on Aug. 18 and 25. The bad news is that it's airing opposite NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics, which typically dominates the Nielsen ratings.
The "Family Guy" episodes -- favorites of creator Seth McFarlane -- are the first to air on Fox since the spring of 2002. The show has since gone on to great success on the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" and on DVD, leading Fox to order new episodes for next year.
They're also part of the network's strategy to counter-program against the Olympics. Fox will trot out its two "Man Vs. Beast" specials against the opening ceremony on Friday, and has marathons of "Cops" (Saturday) and "The Bernie Mac Show" (Aug. 20) planned as well. Preseason NFL games will air Aug. 19 and Aug. 27.
Most of the network's original summer series will sit out the Games, although "The Casino" will be offered up twice a week. Fox will also use the Olympics to burn off a few more episodes of "Oliver Beene."