Jesus Christ ain't got nothing on Brian the dog ... as "Family Guy" brought him back from the dead on last night's episode -- 3 weeks after he was left for roadkill.
Here's how Brian Griffin was resurrected -- Stewie cries to a mall Santa that he wants his best friend back -- and then through a wrinkle in the time-space continuum ... steals his broken time machine from another version of himself ... but before it was broken.
Yeah ... time travel is confusing.
Blah, blah, blah ... Stewie goes back in time, and pushes Brian out of the way of the car that ran him over.
After the episode ... Seth MacFarlane tweeted: "And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash."
Whatever. All we know is Brian's back ... all is right again.
Brian Griffin's Gone But ...
Sideshow Bob WILL Be Back
11/30/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's always darkest before the dawn -- "Family Guy" might have taken away our beloved Brian Griffin ... but Kelsey Grammer tells TMZ, Sideshow Bob WILL be making a triumphant return to "The Simpsons."
KG was out in L.A. this week when we got to chatting about Brian's death ... and conspiracy theories about the dog's return ... and Kelsey says Sideshow Bob ALWAYS comes back. "They've already killed him 20 times. He comes back a lot."
So will he be coming back for sure ... Kelsey says yes ... BUT WHEN??? Watch the clip.
Brian from 'Family Guy'
All Cartoon Dogs
Don't Go To Heaven
11/25/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Family Guy' Death
Strong Evidence ...
Brian's DEAD FOR GOOD
11/25/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brian Griffin is dead and he's not coming back ... at least that's the way it appears ... because TMZ has learned, the dog that's replacing him on "Family Guy" has already been booked for several upcoming episodes.
As we reported, former "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico will be voicing Vinnie -- pictured above -- after Brian was killed off in Sunday night's episode.
There's been a lot of hopeful speculation that Brian's death was a one-episode gimmick -- and that the dog will inevitably come back -- but that doesn't seem likely. A rep for Sirico tells us, Vinnie the Dog has already been voiced for another 6 or so episodes.
We're told there's probably even more to come after that, too. Translation: Brian's not coming back ... at least for a very long time ... and probably never.
Sirico doesn't exactly have a clear conscience about all of it though -- his rep says the actor feels horrible that Brian was killed off because the death of any character is sad ... especially a fan favorite ... but c'est la vie.
As for why Brian got the chop, a producer for the show said they just wanted to shake things up.
BRIAN GRIFFIN DIES
11/25/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Brian Griffin won't get a shot at a 3rd novel ... 'cause the martini-swigging, chick-bangin' family dog DIED on "Family Guy" last night.
Brian -- who's been on the show for all 11 seasons -- was hit by a car in last night's episode ... and died from his injuries.
Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident -- but he had JUUUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian croaked.
Brian was replaced by a new dog, Vinnie -- voiced by "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico.
Unclear if Brian will somehow come back to life in future episodes -- but we wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Brian was a good dog. He was an Iraq war veteran. a porn director, coke addict, police dog and (of course) a passionate writer.
Brian was 7ish ... or 49ish in dog years.
I Want 50/50 Custody
Of Tripp Palin
11/7/2013 1:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bristol Palin's baby daddy Levi Johnston is tired of getting squeezed out of their son's life -- TMZ has learned, he just filed court docs to obtain 50/50 custody of 4-year-old Tripp Palin.
In the docs, Levi says he wants Tripp to be in his life as much as Bristol's because it's in their son's best interest. Bristol currently has full custody of the child, but now Levi wants Tripp on alternating weeks. (They both live in Alaska.)
Meanwhile, Bristol's attorney is insinuating it's simply a move to reduce Levi's child support payments, saying Levi owed roughly $66,000 in back child support as of October -- and now he wants to pay less.
In the docs, Levi says he's willing to pay whatever child support amount he's ordered to, but urges the court to be fair "as I have a wife and daughter to support." It's unclear what Levi is currently required to pay Bristol.
'Family Guy' Candy Joke
Made NO SENSE to Me
4/10/2013 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's almost incomprehensible ... James Woods' infamous "OOH A PIECE OF CANDY" joke on "Family Guy" was nearly a bust ... because he tells TMZ, he didn't think it was all that funny when he did it ... at first.
Woods -- who said he loved playing himself on FG "more than anything you can imagine" -- tells us, the joke just didn't make any sense ... and then it occurred to him ... that was kinda the point.
And the candy joke is just the tip of the iceberg ... Woods says some of the stuff that went on backstage with Seth MacFarlane should've landed him in jail.
Check out the -- OOH A PIECE OF CANDY!
Loves the "Family Guy" Joke
8/7/2011 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Family Guy' Necklace
5/25/2011 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber dropped $25,000 on his new Family Guy-inspired necklace -- which contains over 12 CARATS of rubies and diamonds-- and TMZ has learned, the singer helped design the whole thing.
Famous Beverly Hills jeweler Jason Arasheben tells TMZ, he and Bieber designed the Stewie pendant together -- adding, Justin "had a specific vision for how he wanted it to look."
Jason tells us, the necklace contains 12 carats of precious stones -- including multi-colored rubies and white diamonds -- and they're all set on 14-carat gold.
Victory shall be Bieber's!
'Jerry Maguire' Kid -- Abs-olutely Grown Up!
10/12/2010 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Child star Jonathan Lipnicki -- the kid from "Jerry Maguire" -- is all grown up ... and he's traded in his spikey blond hair and big glasses for a gym pass and a set of abs that could make The Situation wanna hit the gym!
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'Jerry Maguire' Kid -- 'Family Guy' Diss Was an Honor
10/12/2010 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jonathan Lipnicki -- who played the cute kid in "Jerry Maguire" -- has no hard feelings after getting his ass shredded on "Family Guy" Sunday night ... telling us, "I'm honored to be made fun of on that show."
Lipnicki, 19, and his hot date -- Mama Lipnicki -- hit up Mastro's Steakhouse in L.A. last night, where the former child star also performed a dead-on impression of The Situation from "Jersey Shore."
Dude has a lot of experience getting ripped.
Rollin' Like Marty McFly
7/26/2010 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seth MacFarlane is one Flux Capacitor away from being able to travel back in time -- because TMZ has learned he's the proud new owner of an exact replica of the DeLorean from "Back to the Future."
Seth's people confirm the "Family Guy" mastermind purchased the DeLorean earlier this month. A source tells us Seth is having about $20,000 worth of customized equipment installed ... making it the coolest thing on wheels since the motorized bar stool.
One source -- who was lucky enough to sneak a peak at MacFarlane's unfinished DeLorean -- said the car already looks "insane."
Note to self: Don't bet against MacFarlane on any sporting events from now on.
'Family Guy' Star
Party Over Here!
9/21/2009 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Because it's always awesome to hear an actor go from their regular voice to that of their famous cartoon counterpart, here's Mike Henry -- doin' the Cleveland Brown.
After leaving a "Family Guy" party at Avalon nightclub this weekend, Mike confirmed the obvious: It's "not bad" to roll in Seth MacFarlane's crew.