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'Rick and Morty', 'Bob's Burgers', and 'American Dad!': Three Cartoons at Three Stages of Life

Due to the nature of animation, cartoons can last a lot longer than live action shows. Characters don't age, so the 4th grade can be played out dozens of times in a row without the threat of puberty ever setting in. But as the 25th season of The Simpsons reminds us each week, that doesn't necessarily mean they should last forever. The writing gets stale, storylines get re-used, and as Lisa Simpson reminded us was when The Simpsons was still in its prime, the characters can't have the same impact they once had. With that mind, let's take a look at three animated comedies at different stages in their [...]

America Demands a Fourth Seth MacFarlane Series

Let’s face it: there’s a lot of Seth MacFarlane comedy around these days. He’s got three shows on Fox and he wrote/directed/voiced a talking stuff animal in Ted, the year’s highest-grossing comedy film, but the American public’s insatiable appetite for sex jokes and pop culture references is still exceeding MacFarlane’s output. The Family Guy creator just signed a deal to produce a new live-action program at Fox, which would be his fourth show at the network. The yet-to-be-titled series, created by MacFarlane’s Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesly Wild, will be a single camera live-action show about two successful 30something guys whose worlds are turned upside-down when their [...]

FOX Reveals its Predictable New Schedule

As the first place network, FOX is different place than NBC and their predictable schedule suggests as much. Tuesday becomes their night of sitcoms, with the only somewhat comedic Glee moving to Thursdays. Raising Hope moves to 8:00, which is perfect for its family focus, and the hotly anticipated The Mindy Project goes right where it should be at 9:30, post New Girl. There isn't much to discuss, as it’s a pretty safe schedule. Check it out below. What do you think? Are these your go-to Tuesday plans?

From Robots to Bear-Fighting: Sitcoms Sure Do Love Their Bad Ass Santas

Sitcoms really only have four ways of handling Christmas: it can either be the Sentimental Episode, the Parody Episode (like all seven billion It’s a Wonderful Life lampoons), the Christmas Doesn’t Exist Episode, or, my favorite, INSANE CHRISTMAS. That’s the one that usually features a lot of blood and violence and reindeer frothing at the mouth, and it’s almost always because of the actions of Saint Nick himself. I love Bad Ass Santa because there’s only so much you can do with Christmas, plot-wise, and any story with Father Christmas brandishing a machine gun or baseball bat feels fresh and exciting. And on TV, it’s almost exclusive to sitcoms; [...]

'American Dad!' Is Jumping to TBS in 2014

Fox's long-running sitcom American Dad! is jumping from the broadcast network to a cable one next year. Deadline reports that the series will air its tenth and final season on Fox beginning this fall and then the show will move to TBS next year. TBS has ordered an 11th season of American Dad! consisting of 15 episodes. Under the deal, TBS's sister network Adult Swim will air encores of the new American Dad! episodes after they initially air on TBS.

This is pretty surprising news given that this is the first we've heard of American Dad! being finished at Fox. The series has been at the network for [...]

So Many Animation Domination Voice-Over Guests So Much Time

Zooey Deschanel, Jon Hamm, Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Nick Offerman, and Fred Armisen are just some of the many who are set to lend their voices to a FOX animated series next fall. Here are all that have been announced:

The Simpsons Zooey Deschanel will play Bart's "long-lost love." Steve Carell will play Homer's bowling buddy. Patton Oswalt will play a hip new neighborhood kid. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's roles haven't been announced yet.

Bob's Burgers Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will play a hippie married couple. Jon Hamm's role hasn't been announced yet. Kevin Kline, Sarah and Laura Silverman, Aziz Ansari and Jeffrey Tambor will be back.

The rest of [...]

Fox Keeping 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'Bob's Burgers' Around for Another Season

Seth MacFarlane's pockets are getting even more full: Fox just renewed both Family Guy and American Dad for their eleventh and eighth seasons, respectively. It's not all good news for MacFarlane, however, as Fox has decided to hold off on renewing The Cleveland Show until its fourth season starts to air this fall. Oh man, so he'll potentially only have two animated series on Fox on Sundays? Someone send the guy a sympathy edible arrangement.

In non-MacFarlane-related Fox animation news, Bob's Burgers writer Scott Jacobson confirmed that it has also been picked up for another season, its third. Burgers all around!

New Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane Will Be Forced to Dress Nice, Be Charismatic, and Sing

Family Guy guy Seth MacFarlane has just been hired to host the 2013 Oscars. The awards will air on ABC in February. Good thing the Academy has so much time between now and the ceremony because they'll need it to teach Seth MacFarlane how to smile good, stop dressing like a slob, and most challenging of all, transform him into an old-timey song and dance man.

The Lost Projects of Seth MacFarlane

He’s been called “the smartest man in TV” by Entertainment Weekly after he cornered the market on Fox animated sitcoms. Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, Patriotic Family Guy, and Black Family Guy, is one of the most successful writers in TV history – pulling off the rare feat of balancing three shows at once. The guy’s stock continues to rise too, as he branches out into feature films this year with his big-screen directorial debut, Ted. The guy's been so busy the past decade, it's a wonder he hasn't spontaneously combusted.

Whether you’re a Seth MacFarlane fan or a comedy snob who’s part of the Trey Parker/Matt [...]

The Best Sitcoms of 2011 Not Named Community, Parks and Rec, or Louie

We talk about Community, Parks and Recreation, and Louie pretty much on a daily basis here at Splitsider. Ask any 10 random visitors to the ‘site, and they’ll likely say one of those three is their favorite current sitcom on TV. So, for the sake of that disappointed, “of course it is/they are…” feeling you get when you see the Beatles at the top of a best bands of all-time list, I didn’t include the two NBC sitcoms and the FX whatever-it-is. There has to be at least SOME intrigue. So, I present to you, the 10 best sitcoms of 2011…not named Community, Parks and Rec, or Louie.