MacFarlane, who has months left on his contract with the Hollywood studio, is said to be seeking a lucrative new deal for the popular series, and 20th Fox execs decided to delay the new season to help push those negotiations forward, said Daily Variety.
With financial compensation said to be the only sticking point between the studio and MacFarlane's representatives, a deal is said to be pending within the next few weeks.
MacFarlane is also the head of one of Fox's other hit animated series, "American Dad," and is heading up a big-screen animated production for the studio entitled "The Winner."
Daily Variety said a new deal needs to be worked out soon between the two sides to meet the deadline for the upcoming 2007-08 season, as the series' animation process requires a lot of lead time.
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