'Cleveland Show' isn't canceled — yet

The Cleveland ShowWhen Seth MacFarlane conceived of a spin-off starring one of Family Guy's supporting characters, many fans were shocked when he chose the least likely option and came up with The Cleveland Show. Now it looks like the series may be canceled following its current fourth season.

In a post on an unofficial Animation Guild blog, Steve Hulett delivered the news that The Cleveland Show was finished after a visit to Fox Animation Studios, which also produces Family Guy and American Dad! for the network. Hulett, the business representative for Local 839 IATSE of The Animation Guild, placed the blame on MacFarlane's hectic schedule that includes starring in and directing a new Western comedy feature, executive producing live-action comedy pilot Dads for FOX, and working on his animated shows.

"American Dad isn't a problem," Hulett quoted an unnamed artist as saying. "Seth does two voices on the show but doesn't run it. But he signs off on the stuff at Family Guy. When he's not there the show can get bottle-necked because he hasn't okayed stuff."

The network issued a brief statement this week denying the reports while confirming them at the same time: "Only FOX can dictate whether a show has been canceled." In other words, it's canceled, but they haven't officially said it is yet. Such an announcement would likely come closer to the end of the season.

Family Guy, American Dad!, and Bob's Burgers have all been renewed for another season to give the animation teams ample time to produce new episodes for the fall, leaving the low-rated Cleveland Show on the bubble. This latest news seems like the final nail in the coffin for the weak link in FOX's Animation Domination lineup.

Did you grow to like The Cleveland Show? Would you like to see another Family Guy spinoff?

- Seth MacFarlane
- The Cleveland Show

Written by: Chrononaut
Apr 17th, 2013, 1:30 pm

Images courtesy of FOX


Message Posted On Apr 21st, 2013, 9:30 am
It’s so lame that The Cleveland Show has such an uncertain future in the first place, especially since it really is a funny series! The problem is that people just don’t want to give this spin-off a chance. Heck, I can only think of a few friends from my office at DISH that have ever seen a full episode. Now that I think about it, the only way I ended up giving this show a chance is because my DISH Hopper DVR automatically records it and everything else on FOX’s primetime lineup, which always introduces me to great shows.

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Message Posted On Apr 19th, 2013, 3:08 pm

I like it more than American Dad, most times.


Message Posted On Apr 19th, 2013, 11:57 am
As an avid animated series fan I liked the show through the first season but has become boring and predictable ever since and never lived up to the expectations created by American Dad and Family Guy. I think I speak for the rest of Family Guy fans when I say Quagmire or Joe held much better chances in successful spin-offs.

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Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 6:01 pm

Its been cancelled folks, just like Southland and Monday Mornings - they wont tell you because then they will loose your advertising dollars.



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Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 5:16 pm

It's interesting FOX still won't make a descision about Cleveland. Unless there's a backlog of episodes that that Animation Guild blog once said they don't have, not to mention it also said months ago the staff was being let go (or words to that effect), realistically it can't return  in September since it takes 8 to 9 months to create episodes, here we are in mid-April, they simply wouldn't be ready in time.

It seems like a safe assumption they kept it as long as they did due to the fact they sold it into syndication in 2010 and they only had the minimum amount of episodes at the end of Season Four

If they aren't quite ready to cancel it, I could see them reneweing it for a half season and airing it in 2014 after that new show, Murder Police, airs its 13 episode debut season.

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