Writer Seth MacFarlane of ‘Family Guy’ fame is a fan of ‘Downton Abbey’ and plans to incorporate some of the characters from the British historical drama into his hit adult animation, according to the Herfordshire Mercury on Monday, March 25. The story is also carried by soFeminine.
Brendan Coyle, who plays Mr. Bates on Downton Abbey, was in Los Angeles recently and visited with the Family Guy people.
Coyle said he is happy with the fact Downton Abbey is popular enough to be incorporated into several of the Family Guy episodes.
He is of course also thrilled with Downton Abbey’s incredible success worldwide. Season Four will venture onto Chinese television for the first time so the phrase “popular on both sides of the Atlantic” will have to be amended to include “popular on both sides of the Pacific” as well.
Downton fans will of course be happy to hear that the popular Mr. Bates intends to continue serving as Lord Grantham’s personal valet as long as the show will have him. Since he has been one of the most popular characters Julian Fellowes will probably keep him around as long as the series lasts which may stretch to infinity.
He has become such an icon in Britain that members of Parliament have taken to referring to Mr. Bates during their debates concerning the nation’s business.
The 49-year old actor told The Sun newspaper, “It just means you’re in a show that you can either enjoy or have a laugh about.”
Originally scheduled for a three-year run, the series has been extended to a fourth and possibly even a fifth season because of its amazing popularity.
Coyle further said, “I’m still on the ‘Downton’ train so I don’t know when I’m going to get off or get kicked off. However, it won’t go on forever…..it has to stop somewhere.”
Coyle’s commitment is a relief to Downton Abbey fans after Dan Stevens, who played Mathew Crawley, departed the show to star in two movies. Those movies are one about Julian Assange and the second one is with Liam Neeson based on a Lawrence Block suspense thriller.
Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, continues with the show despite filming a movie which will be released in 2013.
As for his part, Seth MacFarlane recently exhibited his wit while hosting the Oscar presentation show in Hollywood.
Maybe Fellowes can find a role for Seth somewhere on Downton Abbey for Season Four to return the favor.
Would Seth MacFarlane fit in better as an aristocrat or a servant?
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