Here’s a switch: A sitcom cancellation and pickup on a new network, all in the same press release.
American Dad!, one of Seth MacFarlane’s animated hits for FOX, will end its run there with its 10th season this fall on Sunday nights — then move over to TBS in 2014 with a 15-episode order for season 11 in 2014, with repeat encores airing on Adult Swim.
“American Dad! is a great fit for TBS, a favorite of comedy fans who like smart, irreverent humor with ample doses of biting wit and skewering satire,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
“American Dad! is a brilliantly inventive series, and TBS’s desire to platform new episodes demonstrates the enduring power of great and compelling content,” commented Twentieth Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “Seth, Mike and Matt have created an incredibly rich world of unique characters, and we couldn’t be happier that they will be able to continue to tell their trademark brand of subversive, hilarious stories to their millions of fans.”
It’s a no-brainer for TBS and Adult Swim, who are to credit and/or blame for the resurrection of MacFarlane’s animated career and growth into an empire in the first place. Adult Swim repeats of Family Guy a decade ago helped convince FOX to bring that sitcom back. And to this day, repeats of both Family Guy and American Dad! are big ratings boosts to both TBS and Adult Swim.
TBS currently airs American Dad! reruns weekdays at 1 and 1:30 p.m.; Adult Swim presents reruns of the show Tuesday-Friday at 10 p.m., Monday-Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. (all times Eastern/Pacific).