For anyone wondering which of this year's crop of Emmy-nominated series was best equipped to tackle the sensitive and politically charged topic of abortion in a responsible and thoughtful way, the answer came last night in the form of a publicly staged Family Guy table read.
Wait…what the deuce?
Granted, responsible and thoughtful ended up taking a backseat to controversial and laugh- (and even groan-) inducing, but Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, along with the voice cast and a full orchestra, gathered in Los Angeles last night for a live reading of the too
hot advertiser-unfriendly-for-TV episode "Partial Terms of Endearment."
The episode revolves around Lois agreeing to be a surrogate mother for a pair of married friends only to see them perish in a car crash, leaving her with the decision of whether or not keep gestating their egg. As anyone familiar with the Family Guy canon has no doubt guessed by now, she doesn't.
But before she doesn't, there's a fair share of Griffin family pontificating.