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Super Bowl to Kick off Special Simpsons & American Dad

Fox Broadcasting Co. is programming to take advantage of the Super Bowl XXXIX lead-in audience on Feb. 6, 2005, to showcase THE SIMPSONS and a sneak peek at FAMILY GUY creator Seth McFarlanes new series AMERICAN DAD.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp; NBA All-Stars Yao Ming and LeBron James, and Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan provide guest voices on THE SIMPSONS, airing immediately following Super Bowl at approx. 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT) on FOX. In Homer and Neds Hail Mary Pass, Homer inadvertently performs a wild, crowd-pleasing dance at a local carnival and is hired by several sports figures including Brady, James, Sapp, Yao and Kwan, guest-starring as themselves to choreograph their victory dances. He does so well that Homer is tapped to choreograph the Super Bowl halftime show. A panicked Homer has his neighbor, Ned Flanders, help him put on a non-violent, deeply meaningful halftime show that America chastises for its blatant display of decency.

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the exec producers while DPS Film Roman provides the animation.

The pilot episode of AMERICAN DAD will air as a sneak preview, following THE SIMPSONS at approximately 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT. The new animated comedy premieres May 1 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on FOX, it was announced by Gail Berman, president, entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting, during the Television Critic Press Tour in Los Angeles.

The series revolves around Stan Smith (voiced by MacFarlane) a CIA agent, trying to protect his country from terrorism and proud family man. His family consists of his party-girl wife, their two kids, a sarcastic space-alien who lives in the attic and a lascivious, German-speaking goldfish (also voiced by MacFarlane.

AMERICAN DAD is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman serve as co-creators and exec producers.