TBS has ordered another season of “American Dad,” the cheeky toon that relocated to the cabler last month from Fox.
The Seth MacFarlane comedy has been a solid performer for TBS and in its airings on Adult Swim since premiering in October. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around a conservative CIA agent and his nutty family life in Langley, Va. MacFarlane created the show with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. Brian Boyle is showrunner.
“We are thrilled with American Dad!’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success,” said Deborah K. Bradley, exec VP and head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting.
“American Dad” cheated death in 2013 when it was canceled by Fox after an eight-year run, only to be quickly snagged by TBS. That development echoed the trajectory of MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” which was also canceled by Fox only to find new life in airings on Adult Swim.
One twist this time around is that the exec who quietly canceled “American Dad,” former Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly, is now settling in as the new head of TBS and TNT.
“TBS has been a spectacular home for this terrific series, and its continued success is a testament to the brilliance of the show, as well as the passion of the network,” commented Jonnie Davis, 20th TV’s prexy of creative affairs.