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Coming Soon to FOX: The Flintstones (UPDATE: SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY)

From executive producer Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD) and executive producers Dan Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and Kara Vallow (FAMILY GUY) comes THE FLINTSTONES, a 21st century version of the classic animated comedy.

The (pre)historic return of THE FLINTSTONES will feature MacFarlane’s modern-day take on the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, two hard-working middle-class families living with contemporary conveniences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock. The series centers on hard-headed patriarch FRED FLINTSTONE and best friend and sidekick BARNEY RUBBLE. Fred’s Stone-Age clan includes wife WILMA, daughter PEBBLES and pet dinosaur DINO, while Barney’s brood consists of wife BETTY and son BAMM-BAMM.

THE FLINTSTONES will be co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. MacFarlane and Palladino serve as executive producers of the series and co-writers on the pilot. Vallow will also serve as executive producer on the series. Voice actors for the series will be announced. THE FLINTSTONES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.

UPDATE: Suspended Indefinitely

The A-list showrunner, who is juggling four series, a movie and a music career, has reached a mutual agreement with Fox, 20th Century Fox TV and Warner Bros. TV to put the high-profile reboot of The Flintstones on hold as his insane workload has not allowed him to give the project the needed attention. Reps for MacFarlane, the network and the studio confirmed the decision, declining further comment.

After two years of complex dealmaking between 20th TV, where MacFarlane is based, and WBTV, which has the rights to the classic Hanna-Barbera series, the new Flintstones was announced at Fox’s upfront presentation last May with a straight-to-series order to launch in 2013. MacFarlane had been the driver behind the project as for him it was a childhood dream-come-true — by his own admission, the very first cartoon character he drew at age 2 was Fred Flintstone. MacFarlane was to co-write The Flintstones reboot, a co-production between 20th TV and WBTV, with Dan Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and executive produce it with him and Kara Vallow (Family Guy). To meet the 2013 target premiere date, The Flintsones was supposed to start production last fall, something that proved impossible as MacFarlane had been hard at work on his feature directorial debut Ted, his three Fox animated shows and another series for the network, an updated version of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos.

Hulu takes itself off the market

The multi-corporation owned streaming video service has changed it’s mind about selling

TV on demand website Hulu, which has been not-so-quietly hunting for a buyer for several months, said late Thursday that it has decided not to sell itself.

“Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process,” Hulu’s management said in a statement posted to the company’s blog. “Our focus now rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu.”

Hulu is co-owned by NBCUniversal, News Corporation (NWS), The Walt Disney Company and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners — a challenging ownership structured that led the company to consider other options. Hulu put itself on the block earlier this year, and had every major media and communications company kicking the tires. Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) and the Dish Network (DISH, Fortune 500) were widely reported to be among the leading suitors in a deal that Hulu’s owners hoped would fetch around $2 billion. Disney (DIS, Fortune 500) CEO Robert Iger said in July that Hulu’s owners were “committed to selling” it.

But Hulu’s owners have now scuttled that plan, pledging to continue building the site as an independent player in the fiercely competitive market for streaming TV and film content. Netflix’s recent missteps — a wildly unpopular price hike and a quickly reversed plan to spin off its DVDs-by-mail service — have widened the playing field. Unhappy Netflix (NFLX) customers are hunting for alternatives, and Hulu is among the rivals competing to scoop them up.