Out of 'toon

Live action show for Family Guy guy

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane making a live-action comedy.

The animator has dusted down a 2002 pilot called Becoming Glen, about a successful fortysomething man who reminisces about his days as 32-year-old slacker living with his parents and spending all his time watching TV.

It originally starred Johnny Galecki, a regular on the Roseanne show, but was not taken up by the Fox network which ordered it.

But now Ricky Blitt, who wrote it, has teamed up with MacFarlane to resurrect the project.

Trade paper The Hollywood Reporter says it  has become a 'hot item', with rival networks CBS, NBC and Fox vying for it.

Blitt, who previously wrote for Family Guy, told the paper he wasn't happy with the original pilot, but that 'tis time I did it 100 per cent the way I wanted to do it'.

He added that the show has a strong autobiographical component: 'Not only did I, too, live at home with my parents past the age of 30, like Glen, I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, too. Though, not to toot my own horn, I personally had unpaid-for consensual intercourse at the ripe young age of 31.'

And he said he was happy to that MacFarlane was executive producer on the new show.

'I guess he doesn't have enough money to fill the social inadequacies in his life, so I'm happy to get him richer if that will make the deadness inside him less dead,' he joked.


Published: 10 Dec 2005

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