Fox's Sunday night lost a major player today, as the network decided it had had enough of King of the Hill and announced that the long-running animated show was going off the air for good.
But that doesn't mean the Sunday-night shows are going to just sit around and mourn one of the fallen. Variety reports Fox has given the go-ahead for another season of American Dad!, the current anchor to Fox's toonish Sunday evenings.
Fox's self-proclaimed night of "Animation Domination" on Sundays will apparently carry on. The network today announced that it has renewed the final leg of the two-hour Sunday-night block of cartoons, American Dad!.
The show, created by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, is number one in its time slot (9:30-10:00 p.m.) among adults between the ages of 18-34, all male demographics, and teens, according to the network. Along with American Dad!, Sunday nights on Fox typically include The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy.
American Dad! features patriarch Stan Smith as a conservative Republican, his partying wife Francine, their liberal college-student daughter Hayley, their geeky son Steve, an alcoholic alien refugee named Roger, and a German goldfish named Klaus.
The show premiered in early February 2005. Fox did not state when the fourth season would ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Long live Homer Simpson.
Fox Broadcasting president Peter Liguori has high praise for The Simpsons. The Fox animated series will return for its 18th season this September, and is still showing no signs of slowing down.
"That [success] is a testament to what [executive producers] Al [Jean], Matt [Groening], and Jim [Brooks] are doing with that show," Liguori said while speaking this week at the TV Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California. "It's really exciting to go into their offices. They are as sharp and dedicated as they've ever been."
Liguori says the future of the show is bright, and thinks the Simpsons movie could bring a new generation of fans.
"We think [the] The Simpsons movie...will introduce a whole new, young audience to the franchise," he said.
He also jokingly predicted the show will outlast him at the network, and beyond ...Read more
Seth MacFarlane, who no doubt had high-school teachers telling him that his doodles and cartoon voices would amount to nothing, can now tell his guidance counselor to shove it.
The cartoon mastermind has finally signed a deal and will be locked up with 20th Century Fox Television through 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The agreement also means that if pretty much anyone (other than Bill Gates) sees MacFarlane at a bar, drinks are on him.
By signing his name on the dotted line, MacFarlane now lays claim to the title of highest-paid television producer in the business. Depending on the performance of his properties, which include Family Guy, American Dad, and (barring some bonehead decision not to pick it up) the Family Guy spin-off Cleveland, MacFarlane's contract could be worth more than $100 million.
The deal also keeps MacFarlane on board as producer of live-action comedies and as ...Read more
The Family get together will have to wait just a little longer.
Seth McFarlane, the creator of the Fox animated hits Family Guy and American Dad!, for which he also performs many of the voices, is still negotiating with the network on his new contract, reports Daily Variety. McFarlane's current contract expires in a few months, and production on the Guy's 2007-2008 season is scheduled to begin now.
The production office of the show remains empty however, with staff being told not to report to work until the contract is finalized. McFarlane is holding out for a better deal from the net after both of the shows have become ratings hits, helping Fox anchor its Sunday night animation block.
McFarlane is also slated to coexec produce the live-action Fox sitcom The Winner. Fox says negotiations are friendly and that the deal will be fixed up in the next ...Read more
An anonymous fan of the Family Guy caused Internet excitement when he posted a clip on YouTube of last Sunday's broadcast, which contained a use of the "F" word. The poster questioned whether the profanity would draw the ire of the Federal Communications Commission, which has cracked down in recent years on what it views to be indecent.
As it turns out, the explicit language occurred only in Canada. Web site TV Barn today deduced that a Canadian viewer had downloaded the clip--TV downloading is legal in Canada--and posted it to the video-sharing site.
The clip featured a Hummer-driving frat boy listening to a radio broadcast he declared amusing before crashing heedlessly into other drivers.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has long antagonized the FCC. In a 2005 episode of the show, main character Peter grows so fed up with the ...Read more
American Dad! from Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, is the animated story of Stan Smith, who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm – as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up.
Production Company: 20th Century FOX.
Also see Family Guy.
Stan Smith - Stan works for the CIA, and is constantly on the look-out for terrorists. He loves his family and will do anything to protect them, and his country.
Francine Smith - Stan's wife, she has had a past life of drugs, but she has carefully hidden her party-girl personality for the sake of the conservative man she loves. She met Stan after college.
Hayley Smith - The teenage daughter of the family, currently attending community college. Despite her father's best efforts she has turned out to be a left-wing liberal. Stan loves his daughter, but that doesn't necessarily mean he trusts her.
Steve Smith - The dorky son, he tries to act cool, but fails. Steve is on the verge of puberty - but he just can't quite make it. His low social status sometimes leads him to taking drastic action - but no matter what he does, he's just a dork.
Roger - A sarcastic alien rescued by Stan from Area 51. He resents not being allowed to leave the house, so has resorted to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes.
Klaus - A German-talking goldfish, he was a CIA experiment that went horribly wrong when they tried transplanting a German man's brain into a goldfish. Klaus lusts after Francine, and will take any opportunity that comes his way.
Theme Song Lyrics:
Stan: Good morning, USA! I got a feeling that it's gonna be a wonderful day! The sun in the sky has a smile on his face! And he's shinin' a salute to the American race! Oh boy, it's swell to saaay! Good morning, USA! (Good morning, USA!)
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FOX Broadcast History May 1st, 2005 - May 15th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM June 5th, 2005 - June 26th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM July 24th, 2005 - October 2nd, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM October 30th, 2005 - February 26th, 2006 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM April 23rd - May 14th --- Sundays, 9:30 PM September 10th - September 24th --- Sundays, 8:30 PM November 5th - January 7th --- Sundays, 8:30 PM January 28th - Current --- Sundays, 9:30 PM
FOX Repeats June 26th, 2005 (Ep: "Threat Levels") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM July 24th, 2005 - September 4th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM October 30th, 2005 (Ep: "Stan Knows Best") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM December 4th, 2005 - December 11th, 2005 --- Sundays, 9:30 PM June 4th (Ep: "Francine's Flashback") --- Sunday, 9:30 PM July 9th - August 13th --- Sundays, 8:30 PM
FOX Special Presentations February 6th, 2005 --- Sunday, 11:15 PM
[adult swim] Broadcast History May 12th, 2005 - May 26th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM June 16th, 2005 - June 30th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM September 22nd, 2005 - October 13th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM November 17th, 2005 - November 24th, 2005 --- Thursdays, 11:00 PM
[adult swim] Repeats May 13th, 2005 - May 27th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM May 15th, 2005 - May 22nd, 2005 --- Sundays, 11:30 PM May 16th, 2005 - May 23rd, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:30 AM June 17th, 2005 - July 1st, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM June 19th, 2005 - July 3rd, 2005 --- Sundays, 11:30 PM June 20th, 2005 - July 4th, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:30 AM September 23rd, 2005 - October 14th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM September 25th, 2005 - September 25th, 2005 --- Sunday, 11:30 PM September 26th, 2005 - October 17th, 2005 --- Mondays, 2:00 AM October 2nd, 2005 - October 16th, 2005 --- Sundays, 10:00 PM November 6th, 2005 - January 29th, 2006 --- Sundays, 10:00 PM November 7th, 2005 - January 30th, 2006 --- Mondays, 2:00 AM November 18th, 2005 - November 25th, 2005 --- Fridays, 2:00 AM April 9th - April 23rd --- Sundays, 10:00 PM April 10th - April 24th --- Mondays, 2:00 AM
[adult swim] Special Presentations February 13th, 2005 (Ep: "Pilot") --- Sunday, 11:30 PM February 17th, 2005 (Ep: "Pilot") --- Thursday, 11:30 PM