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Odds are Brian will be back on Family Guy
By Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

Family Guy.

For those posting odds, I've still got Family-Guy-Is-Punking-Us at 2:1. And I'm also betting the big "reveal" is this weekend.

Since killing Brian the Dog in the Nov. 24 episode, and igniting a firestorm of ridiculous indignation on the 'Net, they've gone to the lengths of removing Brian from the opening credits (in favour of new dog Vinnie).

But many have noticed this weekend's episode, Christmas Guy, is described by Fox as involving baby Stewie's "master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas."

Reading tea leaves? Maybe.

The devil, you say

Despite merely OK ratings for another '60s-film-classic-turned-mini-series last week (Bonnie & Clyde), we do have the makings of a trend.

This after NBC's announcement that a four-hour miniseries of Rosemary's Baby will begin production in Paris next month.

Ira Levin's horror/suspense novel -- about a pregnant woman who becomes convinced her husband and neighbours are somehow conspiring with regard to the impending birth -- was made into a classic in 1968 by Roman Polanski with Mia Farrow in the lead.

The new version is being co-written by American Horror Story's James Wong and directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Bonnie & Clyde, with Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, ran on History, A&E and Lifetime in the U.S. last weekend, pulling in nearly 10 million viewers combined on its opening night and about a third less on night two.

By comparison, the History mini-series The Bible pulled more than 12 million viewers back in April.

The silence of the elephants

We say "Hannibal," you say"

No, not Lecter!

In yet another attempt to sweeten history via the mini-series format, the History Channel has announced a drama about the mortal struggle between the Carthaginian general Hannibal (he of the Alps-crossing elephant troops) and his Roman counterpart Scipio.

Executive producer (and who knows, maybe a key cast-member?) is Halle Berry. Berry was quoted in the announcement saying, "Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period."

That, I will watch.

The Dome divides

This week, CBS CEO Les Moonves was taking bows at a global media conference in New York for wresting cable's grip on summer programming with the network's hot-weather hit Under the Dome.

Meanwhile, one of the exec producers of that Stephen King adaptation, Soo Hugh, has jumped to ABC to develop yet another project about alien chicanery. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will produce.

The Hollywood Reporter says his project will be about aliens who plan to destroy the world via "Earth's most precious resource: children."

Geez, somebody comes up with a viable alternative to fossil fuels, and people jump all over them.

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