Clearly, the folks over at TBS are very happy that they have acquired “American Dad” onto their schedule; after all, they’ve had no problem today issuing the Seth MacFarlane comedy a pretty early (but very much just) renewal.
In a statement today, Deborah K. Bradley, the executive vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System (basically the longest title for a single person ever) helped to announce that a twelfth season of 22 episodes has been ordered by the cable network, which repeats on Adult Swim. She had the following to say within this:
“We are thrilled with American Dad!’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success … By ordering a new season while the current season is early in its run, we’re ensuring that Seth MacFarlane and his team will have the freedom to take the misadventures of the CIA agent Stan Smith and his family to a whole new level.”
Ultimately, there’s no questioning the intelligence of this move from our vantage point. You want to keep sure-fire hits on your network as long as possible, and this success for the show could pave the way potentially for other comedies someday. For example, if a show like “Bob’s Burgers” was to ever leave Fox, we feel like there would be a long list of suitors ready and willing to pick it up. It has actually been an interesting season for Animation Domination as a whole. While “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” insertion (a rare live-action show these days, let’s pretend “Mulaney” never happened) has been a success, we’ve been surprised that the “Family Guy” ratings have not been a little stronger.
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