'American Dad' Moves to TBS After Upcoming Final Season on FOX

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July 16th, 2013


via press release:

New Episodes of American Dad! Moving to TBS in Late 2014

After Upcoming Final Broadcast Season on FOX


TBS to Premiere Season 11 of Twentieth Century Fox Television's Animated Comedy,

With Encores Set to Air on Sister Network Adult Swim


TBS has picked up Twentieth Century Fox Television's animated hit American Dad! as an original series, beginning with the show's 11th season. Created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, American Dad! will join TBS's primetime lineup in late 2014. Sister network Adult Swim is set to present encores of each episode after initial airings on TBS. American Dad!, which will begin its 10th season on the FOX television network this fall, is executive-produced by MacFarlane, Barker and Weitzman. TBS has ordered 15 episodes for season 11.


"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," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS."


"American Dad! is a brilliantly inventive series, and TBS's desire to platform new episodes demonstrates the enduring power of great and compelling content," commented Twentieth Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. "Seth, Mike and Matt have created an incredibly rich world of unique characters, and we couldn’t be happier that they will be able to continue to tell their trademark brand of subversive, hilarious stories to their millions of fans."


TBS and Adult Swim are no strangers to the Seth MacFarlane universe, having aired reruns of American Dad! and MacFarlane's Family Guy throughout the networks' lineups. TBS currently airs American Dad! reruns weekdays at 1 and 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Adult Swim presents reruns of the show Tuesday-Friday at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Monday-Friday at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

  • John

    I don’t understand why Fox would give up such a solid performer for them.

  • Ollie

    What? Why?

    Well this is a big shock to me, I thought it was a decent performer for FOX on a Sunday or am I mistaken?

  • James

    >I don’t understand why Fox would give up such a solid performer for them.

    They have a bit of an overcrowding in the Animated block. Especially with older shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. This change is a win-win for Fox as they still get the syndication back-ends from new episodes and get to have the plum post Family Guy timeslot for a new animated show.

  • fourat sakka

    I don’t understand why Fox would give up this show ??? the ratings are not that bad ???

  • tom

    Well, I guess The Flintstones cartoon will happen after all. Besides, FOX would NEVER get rid of The Simpsons, which is in its 25th season!!! They will beat Oprah! LOL

  • Nathan

    Woah…I did not see that coming.

  • Austin

    I’m so glad at this news. American Dad really hurts their block I feel. It’s just not funny. imo

  • Rono

    Good for TBS.

  • Oliver

    Wonder if this was the reason TBS changed their mind about picking up Happy Endings.

  • Kyle

    I didn’t even know that American Dad was on the chopping block.

  • Judd

    Wait what! I didnt like the cleveland show but american dad has been getting pretty funny in the last couple of seasons.

  • Avery

    Seth’s deal with Fox seems to be fading out.
    The Cleveland Show: gone in 2013
    American Dad: gone in 2014

  • Dennis

    Surprising… Had Much better ratings then Bobs Burgers

  • joel

    I’m sure MacFarlane still controls that time slot. He just gets to try out new things like the Alex Borstein show and the Flintstones.

  • DamC


    He has ‘Dads’ premiering this fall though

  • MattR


    Not really:

    Dads: 2013
    Cosmos: 2014
    Flintstones: ??

  • Greg

    This is bizarre. It’s definitely better for the show, which will survive for a very long time now, but not sure it’s good for FOX. If they didn’t want the show on Sundays anymore, they could have moved it to Tuesdays while still trying to build that comedy block. Or maybe tried another animated hour on Fridays, maybe with Bob’s Burgers. AD is actually very solid.

    I do like that they seem to have abandoned that awful idea of airing animations on 7:30.

  • Jon23812

    I think this is FOX’s plan to stop Seth MacFarlane from gaining a monopoly on FOX’s Animation line-up, but when American Dad leaves, what’s going to take the fourth spot in their line up?

    @Greg, The shows that aired 7:39 on Sundays, are the shows, FOX doesn’t like. Futurama, King of the Hill, Cleveland Show

  • Jon23812

    *7:30, not 7:39.

  • Dan

    Wtf did not see this coming

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