Originally posted by Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com)'American Dad' Moves to TBS in 2014 The Fox animated series from Seth MacFarlane will finish its 10th season on Fox before moving to the Turner-owned cable network.
10:10 AM PDT 7/16/2013 by Lesley Goldberg
American Dad is on the move.
The animated series from Seth MacFarlane will finish its 10th season on Fox and move to TBS in late 2014 for its 11th season, the Turner-owned network announced Tuesday.
"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 and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. "We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS."
The series, from 20th Century Fox Television and producers MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, will join TBS' primetime lineup late next year, with its sibling network Adult Swim airing encores of each episode after their initial airing on TBS. The pickup marks an extension of the series on Turner, which currently airs syndicated repeats of American Dad on TBS (weekdays) and Adult Swim (weeknights and Saturdays).
The pickup marks TBS' latest off-network buy. In a bid to expand its comedy brand, TBS picked up ABC Studios-produced Cougar Town when ABC opted not to renew the Courteney Cox vehicle. The series has since been picked up for an additional season.
Since acquiring CBS' The Big Bang Theory in a pricey syndication deal, TBS has used the Chuck Lorre comedy as a building block for its comedy brand. Big Bangregularly ranks as the No. 1 syndicated series.
American Dad's most recent season of the Fox run averaged a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49, benefiting significantly from its robust Family Guy lead-in. The only returning series to Animation Domination that rates lower is Bob's Burgers, which tends to bounce around the schedule.
"American Dad is a brilliantly inventive series, and TBS' desire to platform new episodes demonstrates the enduring power of great and compelling content," said 20th TVchairmen 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."
I'll probably not watch it on TBS, but also probably not miss the Adult Swim encore, so I like this move. I still feel like this is the best MacFarlane show because it's so consistently good, whereas "Family Guy" CAN be better but is usually much, much worse.
I kinda had a feeling that wasn't the end of the 10th season, just because we last saw Jeff still stuck in space. By the way, the fact that we actually have that as a season-long plot AT ALL is the biggest indication that this is, in fact, Seth MacFarlane's best show. I always wonder whether it's consistently so funny, because Seth knows that it's the lesser-known quantity and he can be more experimental with it?
But what does it matter? It's funny! And the characters feel like they've grown and shown progress, as opposed to Family Guy, where it feels like those characters (**cough**Lois**cough**Quagmire**cough**) only grow to become more mean-spirited and abandon what made them so lovable in the first place.
There is no more underrated show on television than American Dad. It has been hilarious for years yet NOBODY I know watches it.
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