Meet the New Hampshire Native Behind TV Shows ‘Resident Alien’ & ‘Family Guy’
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Gilford, New Hampshire has been in the news quite a bit lately. So it would come as no surprise if residents missed the news that a native just scored a major pickup in the world of television.
Chris Sheridan, who grew up splitting time between Gilford and Connecticut, is the creator and executive producer for the acclaimed SyFy series “Resident Alien.” Based on the comic book series of the same name, the show follows the misadventures of an alien who crashes to earth and assumes the identity of a small-town doctor.
While many shows have struggled to secure pickups during the pandemic, “Resident Alien” was recently handed a Season 3 renewal.
Given Sheridan’s track record in the comedy world, this should come as no surprise.
Prior to his time working with SyFy, he was a writer and executive producer for “Family Guy” – eventually serving as showrunner for several seasons. You may also recognize his voice, as the wealthy and dentally challenged James Bottomtooth.
Sheridan’s affinity for the extraterrestrial is understandable, as he says he saw a UFO on his honeymoon.
“We were walking on the beach and we both saw this dot on the horizon rising up — you can see every star in the sky because it’s the Bahamas — and we both noticed this one star moving up and we stopped and looked at it,” he said at a 2020 press junket. “In two seconds the thing was over us. It was triangular and it had, like, six circular lights on the bottom of it. It slowly went over us and it had this light sweeping the beach. She tried to run and I grabbed her. You know, a ‘take her first’ kind of thing.”
Sheridan is hardly the first New Hampshirite to come forward about UFOs.
In 1965, several residents in Kensington reported something suspicious above that may have been explained by a retired Air Force pilot, according to NH Magazine. However, the debate continues when it comes to Portsmouth residents Barney and Betty Hill.
Who knows if the truth is really “out there"? But I wouldn’t worry too much about aliens invading New Hampshire; would you fly through a barrage of fireworks??