Monday, February 19, 2007

‘Family Guy’ Creator Tackles ’90s Nostalgia

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is going where few people haven’t gone – to the world of ’90s nostalgia.

MacFarlane’s latest project is executive producing The Winner, a live-action sitcom about a 32-year-old man living with his parents, who decides to change his life in the fateful year of 1994.

As such, the show references all sorts of ’90s details, such as O.J. Simpson’s infamous Bronco ride and the Jodie Foster movie, Nell.

But MacFarlane and the show’s creator Ricky Blitt say they aren’t really interested in ’90s nostalgia. They’re really trying to spoof sitcoms that view the past reverently like Wonder Years and Happy Days.

Blitt says since the ’90s weren’t that long ago, it’s funny to have series star Rob Corddry view the O.J. Simpson murder “with the same reverence Kevin Arnold feels towards the JFK assassination.”

But nostalgia isn’t the only reason why the show is set in the ’90s. Blitt admits “the show is more autobiographical than I’d like to admit and 1994 is the year I changed my life.”

The Winner debuts March 4 on Fox, but four episodes of the show are available for advance viewing at

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