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Brian the dog slated to return to 'Family Guy'

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Earlier today ABC News confirmed that the absence of Brian the dog on the popular show “Family Guy” will be temporary. Brian, voiced by show creator Seth MacFarlane, was hit by a car after shortly after Stewie destroyed his time machine on an episode that aired on Nov. 24. According to Entertainment Weekly, Brian's revival is slated for Dec. 15 on an episode entitled “Christmas Guy.” The exact details of Brian's return are yet to be revealed, but the episodes description reads, “Stewie devises a mater plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.”

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Many fans speculated that the character's death would not be permanent, citing the episode in which Stewie killed Lois. However, a host of dismayed fans responded by signing a petition to bring Brian back. The petition earned more than 128,000 signatures before closing.

“Family Guy” executive producer Steve Callaghan told Entertainment Weekly, “This was an idea that got pitched in the writers’ room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up,”

When asked why the writers killed off Brian instead of a different character, Callaghan responded, “It seemed more in the realm of reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet.”

It is uncertain what will become of Vinny, the family's replacement dog. The character is voiced by and modeled after actor Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos”

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