On Sunday night’s episode of Family Guy, it appeared that the Griffins’ dog Brian had bitten the dust after being hit by a car. But unsurprisingly for a show not bound by any laws of nature, it might not be the end of the beloved pet. An animated clock has appeared online, promising a “special announcement” from Brian on Friday, December 6 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. There are no clues about Brian’s upcoming message, other than a decree to “spread the word” about the announcement.
Some fans of Family Guy were extremely upset by Brian’s death; some even started a petition to bring him back that currently boasts over 35,000 signatures. Some have even argued that the death was just a ploy to sell more Brian merchandise for the holidays and boost the show’s flagging ratings, making it the talking cartoon dog version of faking your own death for the insurance money.
Update: A Fox rep insists to TVLine: “The producers have confirmed that the ‘special announcement from Brian’ website is a hoax and was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network.” A likely story.