Flintstones coming back to television

Seth MacFarlane, the guy who created Family Guy, is bringing an updated version of The Flintstones back to network television.  In a statement released by his reps, MacFarlane said that Fred Flintstone was the first character he ever drew, and that he was excited about having the change to bring the characters to life once again.

In the statement he joked, “I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”  But don’t get terribly excited if you’re a fan of the Flintstones – apparently production is not going to begin until later this year, and since it takes forever to make animated shows, the series is not expected to air until 2013.