That sound you hear is Seth MacFarlane's wallet exploding from being crammed with too much cash. The animation mogul (we can call him a mogul now, right?) is knocking out hit after hit, and his latest--The Cleveland Show--is the highest-rated new show of the season. So it makes sense that Fox has picked it up for a full season today... it just so happens that the pick-up is for the show's second season.
Cleveland will rock, just not as soon as people had hoped. Fox today announced that it has pushed the debut of Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show back to fall 2009, erasing hope (and a previous announcement) that it would see the light of day sometime this midseason.
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
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.
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While other shows battle to get renewed after establishing a devoted fan base, a solid television track record built on years of airtime, and critical applause, Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show is getting another season before it even makes its debut.
Fox's "Animation Domination" block doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The Simpsons won't die, and as long as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane can pull ideas out of his
ass brain, Sunday nights on Fox shall remain drawn.
This FOX animated comedy is a spin-off of the much-loved series Family Guy. The series features the adventures of Peter Griffin's neighbor Cleveland Brown. Many years ago, Cleveland made a promise to his old high school sweetheart, Donna. Cleveland, along with Cleveland Junior, move to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with Donna and her two children. The Cleveland Show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Fuzzy Door Productions. Theme song: "My name is Cleveland Brown, and I'm proud to be, right back in my home town, with my new family". "There's old friends and new friends and even a bear, through good times and bad times it's true love we share! So I found a place where everyone will know, my happy mustache face, this is The Cleveland Show!moreless