Fox’s ‘Flintstones’ Reboot Gets Pushed Back

Seth MacFarlane's schedule is blamed for the delay, with the future of the project uncertain.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in May 2011, 20th Century Fox TV and Warner Bros. TV gave a straight-to-series order for a reboot of "The Flintstones" with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane overseeing the update. By all accounts this was a dream project for MacFarlane and the new "Flintstones" was expected to launch in 2013.

But according to Deadline, MacFarlane, Fox TV and WBTV have mutually agreed to hold off on "The Flintstones" because MacFarlane hasn't been able to give the series the attention it deserves.

To put this in perspective, "The Flintstones" needed to begin production last fall in order to have episodes ready by 2013. However, MacFarlane has been busy with his live action directorial debut and starring role in "Ted," in addition to producing "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" on Fox.

On top of that, MacFarlane launched his music career with the Grammy nominated album "Music Is Better Than Words" and he is preparing an updated version of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" documentary for Fox.

In short, he's very busy. However, the future of some of MacFarlane's current animated series is unclear. The cast and crew of "American Dad" are said to be awaiting word on a pickup for another season. But nothing has been confirmed by the network or MacFarlane at this time.

What are your thoughts on MacFarlane's stalled "Flintstones" project? If any of the MacFarlane animated series had to end, which one should bow out so the others can go on? Let us know in the comment section below!