In the “this doesn’t come as a surprise” department, Fox has renewed Family Guy and American Dad for two more seasons through 2014. However, no decision has been made on The Cleveland Show past 2013. All three shows are part of Fox’s Animation Domination Sunday night block.
The moves come as the networks are solidifying their lineups in advance of next week’s upfronts.
Despite year-to-year declines, the shows remain strong in key teen, adult 18-34, and male demos, where Fox beats other competitors (or finish second during football season) for the night. With this in mind, there is every reason to believe Fox will keep its Animation Domination block intact next season.
As for The Cleveland Show, Fox – which has played the Family Guy spin-off in as many as three different time periods this season, is waiting to see how ratings shake out before committing to another season. Regardless, 88 episodes are already in the can, ensuring an off-network syndication life in 2013. Adult Swim and TBS has already picked up the series on the cable side; Twentieth Television will be pitching the show to broadcast stations this summer. Like American Dad, Cleveland will likely be sold on a barter basis.
Meanwhile, NBC has renewed four series for the 2012-13 season: 30 Rock, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood, with 30 Rock’s episode order being its last. While Parks got a full-season 22 episode order, Rock and Community each got thirteen episodes, with Community getting enough episodes now for the critically-acclaimed, but low-rated series.
Also, ABC has renewed seven series tonight: Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The Middle, Modern Family (both no-brainers), Suburgatory, Grey’s Anatomy and Castle. Later on Thursday, three more series were officially picked up: Dancing With The Stars , Shark Tank, and The Bachelor.
This post was updated at 8:45 a.m. on 2012-05-11.