Updated: ‘Family Guy’ Reunites ‘Star Trek’ Cast
The Sunday, March 29th episode of Family Guy, “Not All Dogs Will Go To Heaven” will feature both appearances and the voices of the cast from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, and Wil Wheaton.
Part of the episode’s plot involves the Griffin family attending a Star Trek convention, and Stewie throws a fit when he doesn’t get a chance to ask any questions, so he devises a means to transport the entire cast to his bedroom.
EOnline.com offers more details on this episode, including an interview with Family Guy producer David Goodman, who confirms that the much-anticipated The Empire Strikes Back parody episode will air at the end of the next season.
In related news, Seth MacFarlane was a guest recently on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann in which MacFarlane provided commentary on some recent media gaffes and discusses his animated projects. Video of the entire segment is available on MSNBC.com.
Update 3.29.2009: TheDeadbolt.com has an interview with Goodman offering more behind-the-scenes details from this episode.
Update 3.27.2009: The Winnepeg Sun has an interview with Goodman in which he offers more details on this weekend’s Trek-themed episode:
“[The Star Trek: TNG cast] all were very game,” Goodman said. “Many of them already had done the show (individually). Patrick Stewart (who played Captain Picard) is sort of in the family, because he has a recurring role on American Dad and he has done Family Guy more than once.
“It was not hard at all (to convince them). They were fans of the show. They couldn’t have been nicer or more game to spoof themselves. As a group, they could not have had a better sense of humour, which you don’t always find with actors. A lot of actors don’t like to play themselves, don’t like to spoof themselves, but this group is just the opposite.”
“Seth and I are huge fans of Star Trek and we realized that although there had been plenty of episodes in episodic television that brought back the cast of the original series — in fact, I wrote one of them for Futurama — nobody had reunited The Next Generation cast. And The Next Generation was a hugely popular show in its day. I think they got like 10 or 12 million viewers a week, and I think we only get like eight million.
“We aren’t necessarily going to reference the most current show, although we do that (sometimes). Our stock in trade is our own memories of shows we watched when we were younger.”
(Via Voice Actors in the News)