Family Guy will feature posthumous appearances by Adam West, who passed away from leukemia on June 10, 2017. Executive producer Steve Callaghan teased two of the five episodes airing in the upcoming season.
“At one point, Mayor West comes into possession of the $1 bill as he is hover-boarding through town with a rat in his pocket,” Callaghan told EW.. “Mayor West riding a hoverboard with a rat in his pocket — that’s certainly something to look forward to…. Later in the season, Mayor West is called upon to preside over a ceremony for a group of millennials. It does not go well.”
The hoverboard scene will presumably be in the upcoming episode “Doc Brown” a reference to Back to the Future, which popularized the futuristic skateboard. The rat could be Stuart Little, who was voiced by Michael J. Fox AKA Marty McFly. It wouldn’t be the first time Mayor West interacted with a fictional character. He murdered Domino’s pizza mascot the Noid in “Deep Throats.”
Mayor Adam West replacement?
Mayor Adam West was based on the actor so there’s no chance of another using another voice actor.
“There were two or three episodes where his character had been written in, but he hadn’t yet recorded those, so obviously we’ve made accommodations for that,” Callaghan explained. “There was one scene where he was officiating a wedding, and it was easy enough to just have a different character do that. I [wouldn’t] even consider having someone come in and try to imitate his voice.”
There hasn’t been any decision regarding a New Mayor, who would likely be as well-received as New Brian.
“He just seems so irreplaceable,” Callaghan noted. “I don’t know who could fill those shoes. If we do replace him, it would probably be a character that is very different, or maybe Quahog just goes without a mayor for a little while. There could very well be a situation where we leave that office empty as a tribute for at least some period of time.”
The sentiment was echoed in a tribute by creator Seth MacFarlane.
“Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend,” MacFarlane tweeted. “Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have to privilege of working with him, and he will be proudly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”
Family Guy season 16 premieres October 1 on Fox.