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'The Cleveland Show' Has Been Canceled

After four seasons on the air, Fox has canceled The Cleveland Show, according to animation site Cartoon Brew. Since premiering to strong ratings in the fall of 2009, the Family Guy spin-off has seen its viewership gradually decrease over the last four years (just like TV in general has) and ratings prognosticators have been expecting the cancellation. By the time the current season wraps up, Cleveland Show will have aired 88 episodes, which is an impressive run for a series these days and enough to get it into syndication, with reruns set to debut on TBS and Adult Swim this fall. Co-creator Seth MacFarlane still has [...]

Seth MacFarlane Has a Story for the 'Family Guy' Movie

“We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could've done on TV. There could've been an episode that had that plotline. That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV… I can’t tell you what that is."

- Seth MacFarlane talking to a bunch of college kids about his plan for a Family Guy movie (via EW).

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 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?

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Family Guy

Another day, another Christmas special Hulu Plus has locked in its pay wall prison.

Released towards the end of the show’s original three-season run, A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas is both a good Christmas special and a great example of the show at its early peak.

The two main storylines intentionally follow Christmas special tropes: Peter is trying to buy gifts on Christmas Eve and Stewie is trying to tell Santa about his ideal gift (in this case, plutonium).

Animated TV in the 2000s: DVD Resurrection, Adult Swim, and the MacFarlane Empire

This post is brought to you by Out There, airing Fridays at 10:30/9:30c on IFC.

Yesterday, we ran a piece on the history of animated TV comedy in the wake of The Simpsons, leaving off in 1999 with several new (and newish) shows finding success. The big networks spent most of the '90s trying to replicate the popularity of The Simpsons, with ABC, CBS, and NBC's attempts falling short and Fox finding hits at the end of the decade with a trio of new shows – King of the Hill, Futurama, and Family Guy. All of these shows echoed The Simpsons in some way. King of the Hill and [...]

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 [...]

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!

Family Guy Has Self-Aware Fun Going "Back to the Pilot"

Last night's Family Guy episode, "Back to the Pilot," took us (duh) back to the show's pilot episode, allowing for what was basically audio commentary on the pilot by the characters themselves. Go back in time right now and watch it. You can finish reading this when you're done.

The first half of the episode mostly consists of Stewie and Brian using a time machine to visit different scenes from the pilot and poking fun at them. They're in the same position as us, having grown accustomed to the modern look and feel of a ten-year-old Family Guy, so re-watching the pilot is a little jarring. But the [...]

Fox Orders Animated Series 'Murder Police' from Ex-'Family Guy' Producer

Fox just placed a 13-episode order for a new animated show called Murder Police from former Family Guy showrunner/Futurama writer David A. Goodman and Jason Ruiz. Deadline reports that Murder Police will follow "a dedicated but inept detective and his partner in a twisted city precinct as they try to solve serious crimes." It's the first new animated show Fox has ordered since 2010, when the network picked up Napoleon Dynamite and Jonah Hill's Allen Gregory for six and seven episodes, respectively, before swiftly canceling both. Murder Police will likely be joining Fox's Sunday night Animation Domination block, alongside The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad!, [...]

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 [...]

'Family Guy' and KISS Team Up for Branded Products I'm Doubly Uninterested In

It's nice when people want to save you time, isn't it? For example, if there was a line of Family Guy branded products, I'd want to not waste much time thinking about them. The same goes for a theoretical line of KISS branded products. But man, trying to ignore two different lines of branded products? That's exhausting. Luckily, they're combining them so there will only be a single line of weird junk products for us to ignore.

What to expect? "Fox will work with Live Nation Merchandise, KISS' licensing agent, to find partners to create vinyl figures, bobble heads, apparel, plush, novelty, barware, social expressions and fine art." [...]

Seth McFarlane Stops By Conan and Doesn't Try on Jeggings

Seth McFarlane was on Conan last night, where he reassured fans that his musings about ending Family Guy were just musings. He can't possibly end the show now, not when Justin Bieber's just starting to get into it! (It makes sense that Stewie and Justin Bieber are mutual admirers; they have a lot in common, both being babies with charming voices who are plotting to take over the world.)

Just so you know, at around 3:58 in this video it looks like Conan and Seth McFarlane might just say "what the hey" and try on some jeggings together. That doesn't happen. Manage your expectations.