In 2014, Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show will get a new lead-in. TBS has ordered a 15-episode 11th season of ‘American Dad!’ The tenth season of ‘American Dad!’ will air on Fox this fall, with TBS taking over the next season for the fall of the following year.
‘Dad!’ will act as a potentially strong lead-in for ‘Conan,’ with its familiar presence and similar demographic of viewers. This will no doubt be an improvement on the current mishmash of lead-in shows, and hopefully, better than the failed 10pm ‘Jay Leno Show’ when Conan was on ‘The Tonight Show’ on NBC.
With just 15 episodes for the season, we will have to wait and see which nights TBS will use new episodes of 'American Dad!' as lead-ins.
Adult Swim (because of its affiliation to TBS) will get to air encore episodes of ‘American Dad!’ after they premiere. Both TBS and Adult Swim currently run episodes of the show in syndication to solid ratings.
President and head of programming for TBS, Michael Wright, welcomed the show. '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. We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
The switch between networks also indicates a shake-up of Fox’s so-called “animation domination.” In May reports came out about the cancellation of ‘The Cleveland Show.’ The Sunday prime-time block of animated shows has been part of Fox’s promotion since 2005, and it will be curious to see what new shows enter this time-slot.