An old family member will be making a cameo in the upcoming season of "Family Guy" as the Griffins' beloved dog (other than Brian), Vinny (portrayed by Tony Sirico), is all set to return in the premiere episode of Season 15.
In an interview with TV Line, executive producer of "Family Guy," Richard Appel, said: "It's a very welcome cameo. We really loved Vinny, largely because Tony Sirico is so funny and such a good guy."
Vinny was first introduced in the sixth episode titled "Life of Brian" of "Family Guy" Season 12. In the episode Brian was killed and as his death occurred right after Stewie destroyed his time-machine, Stewie was unable to go back in time and save Brian.
After mourning over the loss for a month, the Griffin family decided to move on and get a new dog. Hence, they visited a pet store and got a street-smart dog named Vinny.
A few episodes later, while roaming in the Quahog Mall with Vinny, Stewie spotted another Stewie from the past who had time-travelled to purchase a gift. With the help of Vinny, Present Stewie got hold of Past Stewie's backpack and much to his delight, found the time-travelling technology. Afterwards, he went back in time and saved Brian.
The synopsis of "Family Guy" reads:
"The show follows the adventures of lovable oaf Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders. Lois (Alex Borstein) is Peter's loving wife, a former Miss Teen Rhode Island who rules the roost but is one step away from a nervous breakdown. Then there are their kids: frumpy, 16-year-old Meg (Mila Kunis), the family's punching bag; 13-year-old Chris (Seth Green), a kid who can't make sense of the opposite sex, much less the evil monkey hiding in his closet; and 1-year-old Stewie (MacFarlane), a diabolically clever baby whose heterosexuality is hanging by a thread. Rounding out the Griffin household is Brian (MacFarlane), the family dog, a member of Mensa with a penchant for dry martinis and dumb blondes."
"Family Guy" Season 15 is all set to premiere on Sept. 25 on Fox.