Season 17 of “Family Guy” will tackle some of the biggest headlines in recent memory but not all of it will be PG.
A four-minute-plus reel for the upcoming season of the popular animated comedy pokes fun at beloved Netflix series “Stranger Things” and even “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane’s other show “The Orville”.
Season 17 will also dedicate an “hourlong” episode to U.S. President Donald Trump and the American leader’s fixation on “fake news.”
In the episode, Trump hires Peter Griffin as his new communications director after learning Griffin has a penchant for selling fake news. This leads to an “unpleasant encounter” between Griffin’s daughter Meg (voiced by Mila Kunis) and the POTUS.
“Although this episode was written almost a year ago, fortunately, Trump has done nothing since then to embarrass himself or our nation,” the program’s co-showrunners Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin said in a statement to EW.
In a followup interview with the publication, the showrunners elaborated on exactly what the “unpleasant encounter” between Trump and Meg is: The POTUS “crosses the line” with Peter’s daughter after Ivanka Trump gives her a makeover.
“We’re just playing to what Trump has already confessed to, say, on a bus,” Sulkin said, “and he has an encounter like that with Meg.
“Initially there was kind of a feeling of, Well, the network is going to have to think about whether we can do this whole Trump episode,” he said. “And I think a couple things happened. One, they read the script and enjoyed it, and said, ‘Yes, of course, you can do this.'”
“And two, something that helped is just that Trump continued to be so preposterous on a daily basis that it really made it seem like this was an episode that we had to do,” Sulkin continued. “It wasn’t something where we were going to be besmirching of the office of the president of the United States because, you know, he’s doing that for us.”
It all concludes with “an epic, many-minute-long fight” between Trump and Peter, according to Appel. “[Peter] hasn’t been that paternal with Meg but he certainly likes Meg [more] than he likes Donald Trump, and that’s saying something.”
Season 17 of “Family Guy” premieres Sept. 30.