American Dad – the animated series which has been a key part of Fox’s Sunday night animation block for the past several years – is on the move.
TBS and 20th Century Fox Television has announced that the series has been renewed for a eleventh season of 15 episodes and as part of that renewal the series will move to TBS for its eleventh season, with the show’s upcoming tenth season set to be the last to air on Fox. Also, as part of this deal TBS’ sister network Adult Swim will air encores of each episode after initial airings on TBS.
“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 (TCM). “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
Created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, American Dad revolves around Stan Smith, a CIA agent in Langley Falls, Virginia, whose main objective in life is national security. His family members, as well as a talking goldfish and a space alien who likes to play dress-up, keep Stan busy while he tries to prevent terrorist activity in the United States. The animated series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker.
American Dad has the distinction of becoming the second broadcast series to find a new home on the Turner owned cable network TBS. The network previously picked up Cougar Town after ABC opted not to order a fourth season of the series die to dwindling ratings. That series proved to be a success for TBS and recently earned a fifth season renewal. The move of American Dad, however, seems more pre-emptive as TBS’ decision to pick up a 11th season comes before the show’s tenth season is set to premiere on Fox this September.