Night of the Hurricane

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Night of the Hurricane
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The crossover event involves three shows created by Seth MacFarlane from up and down: Cleveland, Donna, Rallo, Roberta, Cleveland Jr., Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Brian, Stewie, Stan, Francine, Hayley, Steve, Klaus and Roger.
Genre Animation
Comedy
Satire
Slapstick
Black comedy
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Directed by Ron Rubio ("The Hurricane!")
Brian Iles ("Seahorse Seashell Party")
Tim Parsons ("Hurricane!")
Produced by Kara Vallow
Written by Kirker Butler ("The Hurricane!")
Wellesley Wild ("Seahorse Seashell Party")
Erik Sommers ("Hurricane!")
Starring Mike Henry
Sanaa Lathan
Kevin Michael Richardson
Reagan Gomez-Preston
Edward Asner
John Slattery
Arianna Huffington
Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis
Phil LaMarr
Ioan Gruffudd
Wendy Schaal
Rachael MacFarlane
Scott Grimes
Dee Bradley Baker
Jeff Fischer
Lisa Edelstein
Kristen Schaal
Music by Walter Murphy ("The Hurricane", "Hurricane!")
Ron Jones ("Seahorse Seashell Party")
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Fox
Original airing October 2, 2011 (Fox)
Running time 90 minutes

Night of the Hurricane is a one-off programming block that introduced the first crossover event on the Animation Domination lineup on Fox. The block involved the three animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! Family Guy, and The Cleveland Show. The event depicts a hurricane which hits the towns of Stoolbend (The Cleveland Show setting), Quahog (Family Guy setting) and Langley Falls (American Dad! setting). The actual three-way crossover of the block occurs at the end on American Dad! with the three fathers of each family in the same scene.

The "Night of the Hurricane" block is similar to the NBC "Hurricane Saturday" block with three series created by Susan HarrisThe Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Nurses. It was originally scheduled to air on May 1, 2011, but was delayed after the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak in the Southern United States.[1] It eventually aired on October 2, 2011.[2]

Plot[edit]

The event begins on the The Cleveland Show episode "The Hurricane!", when the storm hits Stoolbend, forcing the Browns/Tubbs to cancel their vacation plans. In the meantime, Cleveland, Jr. shocks everyone by announcing that he does not believe in God. The event continues on the Family Guy episode "Seahorse Seashell Party", when the storm moves from Stoolbend to Quahog and the Griffins try to find ways to pass the time. Brian devours hallucinogenic mushrooms, which cause him to see bizarre things and Meg finally lashes out at the family for all the times they picked on her. The event ends on the American Dad! episode "Hurricane!", when the storm moves from Quahog to Langley Falls, leading the Smiths to fight like mad to survive after the sea wall breaks and causes a terrible flood. After the storm passes, the houses of the three families end up in the same neighborhood, and Stan, Cleveland and Peter face each other in a stand-off, during which Francine comes out the front door, leading to Stan accidentally shooting her, which Peter claims to be "classic American Dad!".

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

The crossover event is the first of its kind in the history of the animated television line-up on Fox.[3] Kevin Reilly, the entertainment president of the Fox Broadcasting Company, originally pitched the idea for the crossover, which was inspired by theme nights of comedy shows from the 1980s.[4][5] Creator Seth MacFarlane said that Reilly brought the idea to the writers, since a crossover of its kind had not been done in a while and Reilly thought "it might be kind of cool."[4] Instead of having the American Dad! characters visit Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, MacFarlane chose to do one central storyline so that each writing staff would not have to write stories for unfamiliar characters.[4] The three-episode-block was an "enormous challenge" and a "substantial undertaking", but MacFarlane said he would be willing to do it again if the ratings proved the event to be a success.[4] The event was first announced in July 2010 by MacFarlane at the Comic-Con International in San Diego when he revealed that the three dads of his shows, Peter, Stan and Cleveland, would appear in the same scene.[6]

A general preview of the "Fox Animation Domination Crossover" was given at greater length at an interview with TV Guide.[7][8][9] Having a running time of 90 minutes, the crossover begins with The Cleveland Show episode "The Hurricane!".[7] Mike Henry exclaimed that "the hurricane comes at a very inopportune time for the Browns because they're about to go on a cruise." He continued: "They decide to have a cruise in the house, but that doesn't turn out to be so much fun."[7] The crossover resumes with the Family Guy episode "Seahorse Seashell Party". Steve Callaghan said "Cabin fever escalates and Brian decides to use the time to take mushrooms. Stewie has to be his coach and walk him through his trip. You'll see images unlike anything you've ever seen on our show."[7] The crossover reaches its ending with the American Dad! episode "Hurricane!". Mike Barker teased that "We have the burden of going last, so we end up flooding the house and turning it upside down. Basically, we're doing The Poseidon Adventure — with a shark loose in the house. Roger's one-night stand ends up caught on the ceiling." Ultimately, the house drifts and ends up in the same neighborhood as the Griffin and Brown homes. And yes, fans will finally get to see the casts of all three shows together as the sun comes out.[7]

In April 2011, the Fox executives officially announced that the crossover event would air on May 1.[7] However, on April 29, it was announced that, in response to a series of tornadoes that killed more than 300 people in the Southern United States, the aforementioned episodes would be removed from the schedule, out of respect and sensitivity for the victims.[5][10][11][12][13][14] It was subsequently replaced by repeats of "I Am the Walrus" from American Dad!, "Brian Writes a Bestseller" from Family Guy, and "Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin'" from The Cleveland Show. MacFarlane agreed with the decisions after consulting with the executives of Fox, and a spokeswoman for the company later announced that the episodes would air the following season.[10] They finally aired on October 2, right after a public service announcement for the American Red Cross.[15]

Ratings[edit]

The following table presents the ratings for the event.[16]

Program Ratings/Share Viewers
(Millions)
The Cleveland Show: "The Hurricane" 2.6/6 5.47
Family Guy: "Seahorse Seashell Party" 3.5/8 6.91
American Dad!: "Hurricane!" 2.7/6 5.71
Average 3/7 6.03

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOX Pulls Sunday's "Family Guy" Hurricane Crossover With "The Cleveland Show," "American Dad"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "American Dad: Hurricane!". Futon Critic. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ Mika, King (April 24, 2011). "Fox Announces May 2011 Schedule: First Ever Animation Domination Crossover". Entertainment Beacon. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Lesley (April 30, 2011). "Seth MacFarlane: Three-Show Crossover Was An 'Enormous Challenge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Fox yanks storm episodes of ‘Family Guy,’ other animated comedies". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. April 29, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Garin, Nina (2010-07-25). "Inside the twisted mind of 'American Dad'". Sign on San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune). Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Keck, William (2011-04-24). "Keck's Exclusives: Fox's Big Storm". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  8. ^ "FOX To Present ANIMATION DOMINATION Crossover Event, IDOL Finale & More in May". Broadway World. April 24, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Harnick, Chris (April 24, 2011). "Hurricane-Themed Crossover Event for 'Family Guy,' 'The Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad'". TV Squad. AOL. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (April 30, 2011). "Fox Pulls 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad, 'Cleveland Show' Hurricane Episode". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 29, 2011). "Fox Postpones Animated Comedies With Hurricane Story Line". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mullins, Jenna (April 29, 2011). "Fox Pulls Hurricane Episodes of Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad". E! Online. Comcast. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (April 29, 2011). "Fox pulls 'Family Guy,' 'Cleveland' hurricane episodes". Entertainment Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (April 29, 2011). "'Family Guy' hurricane-themed crossover episodes postponed". The Marquee Blog. CNN. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ Fox Airs Hurricane-Themed Crossover With Family Guy, Cleveland Show, American Dad - TVGuide.com
  16. ^ Siedman, Robert. "TV Ratings Sunday: 'Pan Am', 'Desperate Housewives,' Fox Animations Fall; 'Sunday Night Football' Tops Night". Zap2it. TV by the Numbers.