BBC3 comedy Family Guy set for move to ITV

ITV is in talks with US network Fox to buy the rights to the popular animated series

Peter Griffin and co could be on their way to a new home in the UK, as ITV prepares a bid for the rights to Family Guy.

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RadioTimes.com understands that executives from Fox, the US network that makes the animated comedy series, recently visited the ITV offices to discuss the deal. They were ushered upstairs in a specially decorated lift, emblazoned with an image of the Griffin Family alongside the ITV logo and the words “Together as one freakin’ family”.

Family Guy has aired on BBC3 (as well as Fox) since 1999, where it regularly pulls in some of the channel’s highest viewing figures. But BBC3’s proposed move online, and the subsequent cuts to its programme budget, are likely to threaten its ability to compete for such big-name buy-ins, as well as to produce its own shows.

BBC3 recently announced that it will not be recommissioning cult zombie drama series In the Flesh, explaining that financial constraints only allow it to produce one original drama series each year.

If ITV does pick up Family Guy, a possible home for Seth McFarlane’s near-the-knuckle animated series could be ITV2, which is looking to position itself as the broadcaster’s new home of TV comedy.

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RadioTimes.com has contacted the BBC about the future of Family Guy on BBC3 but is yet to receive a response. An ITV spokesperson declined to comment.