Fox will pump new blood into its animation lineup this fall, say sources.
Returning toon “Bob’s Burgers” is likely to be pushed to midseason to make room for new series “Allen Gregory,” from 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment.
That probably means “Gregory” will start the season in the 8:30 p.m. time slot following Fox warhorse “The Simpsons.”
“Gregory,” which Fox described last October as a story of “the world’s most celebrated 7-year-old” going to elementary school with normal kids, is from co-creators Jonah Hill, Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. “Family Guy” executive producer David Goodman was brought in as showrunner for the series.
The strategy mirrors how Fox launched what has become another animated staple of its schedule, “The Cleveland Show,” which started the 2009-10 season behind “Simpsons” at 8:30 p.m. Fox typically launches its Sunday block in late September.
Given it only received a 13-episode order, “Burgers” was expected to be platooned with “Gregory” and a second series, an animated revisiting of “Napoleon Dynamite.” Only seven episodes of “Gregory” and six of “Dynamite” were ordered.
“Dynamite” could find itself in primetime by November, when it could benefit from a promotional boost during Fox’s post-season baseball coverage. Both “Dynamite” and “Burgers” are also from 20th Century Fox.
“American Dad,” and “Family Guy” round out Fox’s “Animation Domination” lineup.