Seth MacFarlane’s cartoon empire may have taken a hit with the cancellation of ‘The Cleveland Show,’ but he and FOX are undeterred, and will try, try again.
The network that continues to find success with MacFarlane’s first animated foray nearly 15 years ago, ‘Family Guy,’ has ordered a new series from the song and dance man and longtime partner.
‘Bordertown’ will come to FOX next season for 13 episodes, helmed by MacFarlane and ‘Family Guy’ alum Mark Hentemann. Set in a made-up town in the southwest United States almost down Mexican way, ‘Bordertown’ focuses on two neighbors, one a prideful American by the name of Bud Buckwald, and the other – you guessed it – a dutiful Mexican immigrant and family man named Ernesto.
The show will surely simultaneously embrace and subvert stereotypes, as per usual, offend some viewers, and probably include more than a few show tunes.
While it does feel curiously reminiscent of MacFarlane’s ‘American Dad!,’ which has now moved to TBS, the multitalented show runner has proven a successful formula when it comes to comedy.
MacFarlane is the executive producer of FOX’s new live-action comedy ‘Dads,’ he has hosted the Oscars, and his directorial debut with the live-action feature ‘Ted’ was one of the highest grossing comedies of 2012, earning over $218 million. A sequel has been announced, and MacFarlane has also being working on his second film, ‘A Millions Ways to Die in the West,’ starring Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, and Charlize Theron, among others.
All of that is to say whether or not you’re a fan of MacFarlane – and his Academy Awards performance proved divisive if nothing else – he doesn’t ever really seem to stop working.