Possible ‘Family Guy’ Brian ‘Announcement’ Turns Out To Be Hoax

by | November 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM | Family Guy, TV News

Talking dog Brian and talking baby Stewie in last Sunday's episode of "Family Guy" (Photo: Fox)

By Lisa de Moraes

The producers of Fox’s “Family Guy” say a Web site set up to issue a “special announcement from Brian” — the dog character that was killed off on the show last weekend — is a hoax.

“The site was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network,” said a statement Tuesday morning from the Fox unit that produces “Family Guy,” in response to questions about the site.

Related: A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?

Two days after the “shocking” death of the Fox animated show’s talking dog, a countdown clock appeared on-line that promised a “special announcement from Brian” on the way — in 10 days and counting at time — with the suggestion that grieving viewers should “spread the word.”

“Family Guy” fans had expressed skepticism over the death-by-car of Brian last Sunday, going so far as to launch a petition to resurrect the pooch.

Though Brian was buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans were suspicious. After all, Stewie could use that temporarily-out-of-order time machine with which he and Brian averted a cataclysmic 9/11-like event in the controversial 2011 episode to bring Brian back from the dead.

Yes, the family ran right out and got themselves a new dog, voiced by “Sopranos” star Tony Sirico (“Paulie Walnuts”), who’s been was tapped for six episodes, possibly more.