While the late Carrie Fisher was best known for appearing in the “Star Wars” movies and her work as a writer, she did have a number of different television credits. Most notably, she lent her voice to well over a dozen episodes of Fox’s “Family Guy” as Angela, the brewery supervisor who had the impossible task at times of looking after Peter.
We hoped that there would be another opportunity to honor Fisher’s work on the show, and that does appear to be the case now. According to Variety, Fisher had, prior to her death, recorded two more episodes of the show as Angela, and these will air in 2017. This is not the only posthumous appearance from Fisher that will happen on TV, as she also has another episode of “Catastrophe” coming up in the future.
So what will happen to the Angela character beyond these appearances from Fisher on the show? There is no hard-and-fast rule, given that many animated series do recastings on a fairly regular basis. However, we feel like in this case the right thing to do would be to retire Angela, and figure out a way to bring in a different character into the show. This would allows “Family Guy” to shake things up a little bit, while also reminding us further, even in the most subtle way, that these characters are irreplaceable.
Like many other shows, “Family Guy” will be returning with new episodes relatively early on in the new year. There is no precise word at the moment as to when Fisher’s episodes are going to air, but our presumption is that this is the sort of thing that, given the circumstances especially, Fox will be kind enough to announce long in advance.
To see what “Family Guy” creator / star Seth MacFarlane and others had to say about Fisher’s passing, be sure to head over to the link here. (Photo: Fox.)