Green light expected for Family Guy spin-off

At this point, Fox should just make Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane part owner of the network. The writer/producer has been nothing but money for Fox, with Family Guy and American Dad successfully complementing The Simpsons and King of the Hill on Fox's Sunday nights and redefining primetime animation.

Now Fox can add a third show to the mix, says The Hollywood Reporter. The rumored Family Guy spin-off is pretty much a done deal, says the trade. Focusing on Peter Griffin's buddy Cleveland, Cleveland is expected to receive a 13-episode order at Fox's upfronts next week.

If all goes according to plan, Cleveland will debut next spring.

Cleveland likely won't be the only new toon next season. The animated reworkings of a pair of live-action shows, The Pitts and Sit Down, Shut Up, are also looking good to go.

Both projects will be handled by Simpsons vets; Mike Scully and Julie Thacker will take on The Pitts, about an unlucky family, and Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley were recently announced as showrunners for Mitch Hurwitz's Sit Down, Shut Up, based on an Australian show about disenchanted teachers.

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I don't think it will last more thean a season. I love Family Guy and American dad is ok. But the cleveland show will bomb.
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It could work. Cleaveland is pretty much to "Family Guy" what Fraiser was to "Cheers" and they backed that character up with enough interesting characters to carry the show.
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This will so not last longer nor be more popular than Family Guy. I give it one or two seasons tops.
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This is just sad, i will watch it for sure.
But as other ppl said Quagmire is the funniest of "close" side characters in the show.
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I mite give it a try.
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It'll get a season, maybe two.
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I find Cleveland so annyoing. I really though watch The Simpsons & American Dad on Fox Sunday. Code Monkeys is anouther cool animation.



I wounder how Mike Scully is going to handle The Pitts. Not many people liked him as a Simpsons showrunner but I do!
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They should do a spin off on Craig Hoffman, or at least develop his character on the show a bit more.
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Looks like everyone except for two people are thinking this is a bad idea. I would rather have a whole Quagmire show when they had that mini-episode Everybody loves Quagmire I thought it was hilarous.
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I honestly don't see Cleveland as an interesting enough character to have his own series... and anyway my TV schedule is full already :P
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CLEVELAND!!!
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Awesome, another Seth McFarlane project! First Family Guy, then American Dad, now Cleveland! I am really excited for it! I hope it does well.
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I Give It ATLEAST 2 Seasons
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Yes! I think! lol. not sure about Cleveland mainly becasue hes just not that funny. The Pitts looks very interesting and i cant wait to see what they do with that. And as for Sit down, shut up, we'll just have to wait and see....
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this is gonna rock
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A lot of negativity concerning this new spin-off but you all must remember this - CLEAVLAND ROCKS! Go Seth.
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Cleveland is just about the worst character on Family Guy.
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Should've been for Quagmire.



He's alot funnier, but Cleveland's voice is funny, so I don't know where this will go..
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So, taking animating another country's show, animating a proven flop, and a spin-off based on a character who has no business with his own show (when you consider the increased likelihood it'll be more regurgitated Family Guy nonesense).



Anything to fill the airwaves, eh, FOX?
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Bad idea.
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Yikes, another spin-off of a godawful show? What is FOX thinking? If they're so interested in bombs, let them bring back The Mullets.
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i wish it was a spin-off for a different character.
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Cleavland will be a slow show.
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I really want to see what is in store for Cleveland. I think they made a great choice to give him a spin-off series. I definitely know that it will be funny.
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i think they should've done quagmire because he has like more excitement in his life? idk that's just my opinion
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Lol
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skaizun, you don't you pay much attention to the things you talk about, now do you?
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Take a barely visible and completely unfunny character from a show which should have died, but was brought back by its egomanaical producer who rips-off his ideas from currently running shows (biggest plagiarist victim, "The Simpsons"), and repeats plot lines and 'business' ad nauseum, and what do you have? A show that will not only try to "jump the shark", but will fail and be devoured by it. CAUTION: When the show airs, if your eyes and ears start to bleed, it's perfectly normal: it's just a sign of intelligence buried somewhere deep inside all of us; just put down the remote, and S-L-O-W-L-Y walk away from the tube . . . walk away, I say!!! Now, isn't that better? ;)
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Hmmmm...

I'm smelling a new Joey!!

(why do people keep using each and every supporting character with no interest whatsoever - apart from a few lines every now and then - in spin-offs is beyond me!)
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me neither... it would have been better a quagmire spin off hehehehe
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am not sure about cleveland
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Dont know if this is good or bad..... Im a big family guy fan but cleveland
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Cleveland and Quagmire are one-note characters and their weaknesses just show up when FG episodes are centred around them.



So if Cleveland does get a spin-off, he better have some really decent characters back him up...and not too many either. American Dad was spoiled by a cast of six. Only four of them are ever put to good use.
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i think they should have a spin off on Quagmire
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I think they should do an odd couple type show with Clevland and Mort.
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I don't think this could be as funny as FG.
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Hopefully they don't put random flashbacks into the Cleveland show. They put them into the first episode of American Dad, and now thats the only episode of AD I don't like.
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i dont think i will be watching the cleveland show. more of a family guy kinda guy!
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So does this mean Cleveland Jr returns? Although seeing boring Cleveland and ultrahype Junior seems odd.
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My best regards to Cleveland, but I sure don't want him to be cut from the show completely. A cameo of any Family Guy character would be nice.
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Cleveland is is a great peripheral character, but I cant see him carrying a whole series. I would have liked to see Quagmire or even Joe as a main character before Cleveland.
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YAY more Seth McFarlane shows whahoo.
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Yo i'll watch it to support Seth MacFarlane but chances are it's not going to be as funny as family guy. I enjoy other MacFarlne shows but this seems a little unnesscary. I wish Cleavland the best of luck though
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Cleveland is boring, what in heaven's name can be so interesting about him it can fill up 13 episodes, let alone multilple seasons? But then again, we should be thankful he's out of Family Guy.
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Can't say I'm excited or that the idea sounds good (will quality slip on Fam Guy and American Dad?) However I'll certainly be giving it a fair trial.
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To firetears: I'll stick with Family Guy!
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Although this sounds a bit over-done, I think it will be a nice change to see Cleveland on his own. Though Family Guy is the best by-far. :P
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Sorry if this sounds insulting, but I don't understand some people! "I'll stick with Family Guy.".... umm, no one is asking you guys to stop watching Family Guy. Cleveland is a funny character and as long as he isn't leaving Family Guy, I'm not against it. Give it a try before you instantly knock it, damn!
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I would have rather preferred a Quagmire spinoff
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seems an interesting project, I look forward to seeing it.
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