While the fates of some TV shows will come down to the wire at the next week’s upfronts, FOX’s animated series won’t be among them. Because of the amount of production time needed to produce new cartoons, the network usually hands out renewal notices well in advance. For example, FOX is currently airing season eight of Family Guy but the show was renewed through season nine way back in May 2008.
FOX has now announced that Family Guy has been renewed for year 10 (which will likely air during the 2012-13 season) and The Cleveland Show has been renewed for year four (also for the 2012-13 season). Here’s the press release from the network:
HOT FROM FOX… QUAHOG AND STOOLBEND ROCK!
ANIMATED FAVORITES “FAMILY GUY” AND “THE CLEVELAND SHOW” RENEWED FOR ADDITIONAL SEASON
Catch an All-New FAMILY GUY and THE CLEVELAND SHOW Sunday, May 15, on FOX
Special One-Hour FAMILY GUY Season Finale Returns to a Galaxy Far, Far Away Sunday, May 22
FOX has renewed ANIMATION DOMINATION favorites FAMILY GUY for a tenth season and THE CLEVELAND SHOW for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“For nine seasons, our viewers have been cracked up, delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed by the mind of Seth MacFarlane – and they keep coming back for more,” said Reilly. “The Griffins and the Browns have become cornerstones of our Sunday nights, and we can’t wait to find out what new adventures Seth, Mike and Rich cook up for them next season.”
In the “Foreign Affairs” episode of FAMILY GUY, airing Sunday, May 15 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, BONNIE (guest voice Jennifer Tilly) and LOIS (Alex Borstein) plan a girls’ getaway to Paris, but while there, Bonnie crosses the line in the City of Love. Meanwhile, PETER (Seth MacFarlane) homeschools CHRIS (Seth Green) and MEG (Mila Kunis) using some unorthodox teaching methods. Then, in the “Episode VI: It’s a Trap” one-hour season finale episode of FAMILY GUY, airing Sunday, May 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Griffins return to that galaxy far, far away as their freakin’ sweet saga continues with the final installment of the hilarious three-part “Star Wars” satire. The characters from around the Quahog universe reprise their intergalactic roles in an outrageous retelling of “Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” Special guest voices on the episode include Anne Hathaway, Rush Limbaugh, Carrie Fisher and many others.
In the “Hot Cocoa Bang Bang” season finale episode of THE CLEVELAND SHOW, airing Sunday, May 15 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), CLEVELAND (Mike Henry) takes the entire family to a comic convention in an attempt to sell his comic book, “Waderman.” While there, DONNA (Sanaa Lathan) is horrified to find out that Robert Rodriguez (guest-voicing as himself) is screening a Blaxploitation film that she starred in when she was younger, and CLEVELAND JR. (Kevin Michael Richardson), tired of Comic-Con being a playground for Hollywood to peddle their projects, gathers a band of geeks together to take the Con back to its true origins. The episode also features special guest voice appearances by Emily Deschanel (BONES), Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”), Danny Trejo (“Machete”) and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Gallactica”).
FAMILY GUY follows the adventures of endearingly ignorant dad Peter Griffin and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders – wife Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, baby Stewie and dog Brian – in Quahog, Rhode Island. The animated series, which features the voice talents of Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis, is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer. Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan serve as executive producers/showrunners, while Chris Sheridan, Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild are executive producers. Become a fan of FAMILY GUY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/familyguy and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/familyguyonfox (@familyguyonfox).
THE CLEVELAND SHOW follows Cleveland Brown and his new life in Stoolbend, VA, with his high-school-sweetheart-turned-second-wife, Donna, and their three children: Roberta, Cleveland Jr. and Rallo. The animated series, which features the voice talents of Mike Henry, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sanaa Lathan, Reagan Gomez and Jason Sudeikis, is a 20th Century Fox Television Production. Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Rich Appel are executive producers and co-creators of the series. Become a fan of THE CLEVELAND SHOW on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theclevelandshow and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/clevelandonfox (@clevelandonfox).
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