Crossovers in television have been around since the early days of the medium. And with three of the animated shows on Fox's Sunday night lineup created and produced by Seth MacFarlane, a meeting of the franchises was largely inevitable.
TV Guide is reporting that "Family Guy," The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" will finally crossover in a 90 minute block during the May sweeps. The connecting narrative theme will be a massive hurricane that traps the casts of their respective shows inside of their homes before bringing them all together at the end.
The event will kick off on "The Cleveland Show," according to co-creator/executive producer Mike Henry. "The hurricane comes at a very inopportune time for the Browns because they're about to go on a cruise,"said Henry. "They decide to have a cruise in the house, but that doesn't turn out to be so much fun."
On "Family Guy," "Cabin fever escalates and Brian decides to use the time to take mushrooms," explains executive producer Steve Callaghan. "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."
And on "American Dad," executive producer 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."
The cast from all three shows will appear on the "American Dad" episode when the storm lets up.
The stunt seems reminiscent of the NBC Thursday night crossovers of the 90's that linked "Mad About You," "Friends" and "Madman of the People" during a blackout storyline, with the notable exception of "Seinfeld" which did not participate. In this case, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has long voiced his disapproval of cartoon crossovers and even famously took his name off of a "Simpsons" episode which crossed over with "The Critic."