Look whose making moves these days. According to Deadline, in efforts to bulk up their program slate and expand their viewership on TBS, that flamboyant alien Roger and the rest of the hilarious Smith clan will be switching to TBS from Fox starting sometime in early 2014. American Dad, now entering its 11th season, will have 15 episodes up and ready in the New Year for the Turner flagship, while beginning on September 29th it will kick off its 10th and last on Fox network. As reported, under the new deal, fellow Turner network Adult Swim will now be running encores of each episode after initial airings on TBS, and as a bonus, TBS and Adult Swim will both air reruns of American Dad! and MacFarlane’s Family Guy throughout the networks’ lineups.
“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 Movie, in announcing the deal. “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
Creators MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman are exec producers.
“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.”