“Household Man” appears to all the time be one step forward of the information — most lately with the wave of sexual predators in Hollywood.
The creators of the hit Fox collection spoke with the Hollywood Reporter forward of the present’s 300th episode and mentioned how they joked about Kevin Spacey’s habits earlier than he was accused within the media of sexually assaulting younger males.
In a 2005 episode titled “Don’t Make Me Over,” Stewie runs bare by means of a mall and shouts: “Assist, I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Assist me!”
“Clearly, it is a horrible factor to say, how we have had plenty of good luck predicting sexual predators, however I do suppose lots of people — like Kevin Spacey — there have all the time been rumors on the market about him,” showrunner Aaron Sulkin advised THR. “So we’ll simply form of say these issues. We write issues that we hear about after which a 12 months and a half later, they’re on TV after which 10 years later they occur.”
Many of the present’s content material stemmed from rumors the writers heard, in keeping with fellow showrunner Richard Appel and the present’s creator Seth MacFarlane.
“The Kevin Spacey factor is one thing I had not heard when it was pitched,” MacFarlane mentioned.
“The Household Man writers have all the time had very open ears. And I feel plenty of these items had been issues that had been talked about and whispered about in Hollywood, however no person had any direct anecdotal details about what was actually happening, so all you needed to work with was rumor.”
MacFarlane additionally made one of many first public jokes about Weinstein’s inappropriate habits on the 2013 Oscars.
He made the remark after studying his pal and “Ted” co-star Jessica Barth was sexually harassed by Weinstein in 2011.
After studying the 5 actresses nominated for the Supporting Actress class, MacFarlane mentioned: “Congratulations, you 5 women not need to faux to be drawn to Harvey Weinstein.”
“The Weinstein factor, I had an excellent pal who had a really troubling run-in, and I despised the man for direct causes,” MacFarlane mentioned, noting the variations.
As for what makes it to the display on “Household Man,” Appel defined that it has to have “some foundation for a joke” for the reason that authorized division finely combs the content material.
“Both there must be some foundation for a joke or it must be so insane and unbelievable, that nobody would take it critically,” he mentioned. “And actually, in a few of these situations, each had been true.”