‘Giggity Giggity!’: Seth MacFarlane Departs FOX and Signs With NBCU For $200M

Published on January 14, 2020

Seth MacFarlane is a piggy bank that never ceases to overflow with cash for 20th Century Fox. For the last decade or so, McFarlane has defined Fox’s brand of comedy in the 21st Century with Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.

MacFarlane’s live-action sci-fi series, The Orville, is fairly popular as well — but not as big in pop culture as Family Guy. Now, MacFarlane is moving on from Fox. He’s signed a massive deal with NBCU for hundreds of millions of dollars.

‘Giggity!’: A $200 Million Deal 

For a five-year deal, MacFarlane is getting a $200 million dollar payday. Of course, a large portion of that is going to taxes, agents, managers, and all that, but still, it’s a titanic amount of money for content.

The Wrap learned of the deal, which involves MacFarlane and Erica Huggins’ Fuzzy Door Production producing content across NBCU’s platforms. One of those platforms is NBCU’s new streaming service, Peacock, ‘cause everyone and their grandma now has streaming services. 

Again, Disney Rules All 

The deal doesn’t affect MacFarlen’s shows or duties at Fox, now owned by Disney. Although MacFarlane’s sense of humor isn’t at all Disney’s brand, he’s popular and makes money, which is entirely Disney’s brand.

When MacFarlane of all people became a part of the Disney family, he was welcomed with open arms by Dana Walden from Disney TV Studios. She had nothing but praise for him: 

One of my oldest memories from Fox is of a young Seth MacFarlane hanging out in the halls of the studio. He entertained all of us with his incredible wit and hilarious observations. He is a brilliant artist and a great friend; and, there is no one we root for more than him. As a fan, I look forward to whatever he creates next, and as his studio partner on ‘Family Guy,’ ‘American Dad’ and ‘The Orville,’ I feel lucky to be continuing an extraordinary partnership.

MacFarlane’s shows, especially Family Guy, show no signs of slowing down. They just don’t die. He once even suggested the possibility of ending Family Guy and, as a result, Fox and everyone working on the show freaked. It keeps thousands of people employed, so MacFarlane has a hard time with the idea of ending the show, despite it having grown stale a long, long time ago.

Then again, it’s still popular for a reason, so people are still enjoying the same old comedy of Family Guy. It’s a comfort food comedy for the masses.

MacFarlane’s Future at Disney 

MacFarlane remains hard at work on his trio of shows at Fox. Family Guy is already renewed for another season, American Dad is still ongoing through the year, and The Orville is heading to Hulu for its third season.

Any new properties MacFarlane thinks of will go to NBC, but he still has some unseen, in development projects that might happen at Fox or Hulu, including Hulu’s Books of Blood

What’s New From Seth MacFarlane?

Every once in a while, MacFarlane steps away from his band and does something fresh and new. For example, appearing in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky or putting out a pretty good album paying respect to Frank Sinatra.

Whenever he does the unexpected, MacFarlane’s talents are undeniable. It’s always fun to see what else he’s capable of instead of what we already know he can do in his sleep, like Family Guy or American Dad. Now that it’s 2020, it’ll be interesting to see if MacFarlane continues to do what’s comfortable or mix it up more as a storyteller.

He currently doesn’t have any film projects in the works, but let’s hope in the next decade MacFarlane, with all his freedom and money, surprises us again. 

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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