This Sunday FOX airs the Family Guy episode “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" featuring all the stars of The Next Generation playing themselves. Today FOX released a preview video for the episode, including comments from show creator (and huge Trekkie) Seth MacFarlane. There are also more details on the episode from FG producer David Goodman. Check it all out below.
Preview w/ comments from Seth MacFarlane
More details on the episode
The episodes “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven” has two storylines. One story involves Meg and Brian. Meg finds God. And she finds religion and is giving Brian a hard time for his atheism. The second storyline involves Stewie and the family going to the Star Trek convention. When Stewie doesn’t get his question answered he buys plans for a transporter and beams the cast into his room.
The TNG castmembers involved are: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Wil Wheaton.According to Family Guy executive producer David Goodman who tells E!:
They were all very game. We had fun playing with who they are. It’s easy to mock things that take themselves too seriously. Star Trek is both wonderful and pompous at the same time. I really am a die-hard Trekkie, but there are moments in Star Trek where it takes itself very seriously.
Goodman also details an inside Trekkie canon joke on the show:
In the episode ‘Relics’ in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the character Scotty is pulled out of suspended animation, and he says, ‘Oh, did Captain Kirk come to pick me up?’ And then we find out after The Next Generation ended that Captain Kirk died and Scotty was there. So why in that episode did he think that Captain Kirk was going to pick him up if he saw him die later? And, of course, the answer is they hadn’t made the movie yet and made that decision. But there is a possible explanation, which I offer in the guise of a cartoon character, so I was very pleased [laughs] to do that.
Goodman also explained to i09 why they would even do a big thing with TNG now
You could have asked, last week, why we did Back To The Future reference in the show. Seth and I are huge fans of Star Trek, and we realized that while there have been plenty of episodic television that brought back the cast of the original series, in fact, I wrote one of them for Futurama. Seth and I realized that nobody had really reunited The Next Generation, and many of them had appeared on our show. Next Generation was a hugely popular show. We’re not going to reference the most popular and current shows. Our stock in trade are our own memories of those shows we watched when we were younger.
Family Guy’s “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven” airs Sunday March 29th at 9PM (8c) on FOX.