It was a sad day for all when we lost the beloved Adam West. For some he was their Batman and for others he was their Mayor. Mayor of the animated series, Family Guy that is. The show hasn’t replaced West, who voiced the role of Mayor West for 100 episodes, since he passed away in 2017 but now it looks like a new actor is stepping in to take over as a new eccentric mayor of Quahog.
Actor Sam Elliott the beloved deep-voiced veteran actor who received an Oscar nomination for his work in A Star is Born will make his debut in a November episode of Fox’s long-running animated comedy.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
Family Guy paid tribute to West several times, but almost two years after the actor’s death, the show finally acknowledged his passing in an episode that saw the high school renamed after him.”We wanted to take the time to respect Adam,” executive producer Richard Appel tells EW. “In having a conversation about ‘How do you replace him?,’ the universal belief was: he’s irreplaceable. And then the next question is, ‘Do you find a new mayor?’ In the world of Family Guy, he had an important role, and a role that was necessary for a lot of stories.”
Elliott’s character is actually Mayor West’s cousin, whose first and middle names are Wild. That’s right — meet Wild Wild West. (Your first two peeks at the character are below.) Wild West comes East to Quahog when Peter becomes unhappy with the candidates in consideration for the job and decides that the town needs a celebrity figure who is fun, so Peter persuades him to run for office.
How did Elliott respond to the job offer? “His first reaction was ‘no,'” says exec producer Alec Sulkin, who notes that the original pitch was for the actor to play… Sam Elliott. “He was reluctant,” continues Appel. “He just felt like he didn’t want to play himself. Which made us go back thinking, ‘Well, all right, is there someone else?’ And we thought, ‘Wait a minute, that note is a smart note. Because that was more what Adam West was doing. And the new mayor shouldn’t be another real-world celebrity playing himself within our fictional world. So we kicked around a bunch of ideas and then said, ‘What if we refashion this as Wild West for Sam Elliott and create this new character?’ And he responded very well to that idea.”
Family Guy kicks off season 19 on Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox. In the premiere — which also happens to be the show’s 350th episode — precocious, ferocious Stewie will finally utter his first word. (For real.) Hints Sulkin: “It’s about what you’d think.”