Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane to make live-action sitcom

The US TV network has ordered six episodes of Dads from McFarlane and Ted's co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has had a new live-action comedy series Dads commissioned in the US by Fox.

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In a move that demonstrates the network’s faith in MacFarlane, Fox has waived the need for a pilot and ordered six episodes of the sitcom Dads. The decision was made based on a pilot script which went down a storm with Fox’s top brass, reports Deadline.

MacFarlane will act as executive producer on Dads, which is being scripted Ted’s co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.

According to the brief, Dads will be a multi-camera sitcom about two successful 30-something guys whose lives are turned upside down when their nightmare fathers unexpectedly move in with them.

Discussing the commission on Twitter, MacFarlane wrote: “Congrats to my “Ted” co-writers @thesulk and Wellesley Wild on their series pickup from Fox! You talented d**** make my job easy.”

MacFarlane, who will host the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday 24 February, has seen his career go from strength to strength in recent times: his debut album Music is Better than Words was nominated for a Grammy in 2011, his first feature film Ted grossed over $500m in 2012, and the 200th episode of Family Guy was broadcast last November.

Wild and Sulkin have worked with MacFarlane since 2005, when they began writing for Family Guy.

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It was recently revealed by actor Mark Wahlberg that MacFarlane, Wild and Sulkin are currently working on a sequel to Ted.