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Fox Renews ‘American Dad’ For Season 7

By | Wednesday February 23, 2011 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has picked up animated comedy American Dad! for a seventh season with a 22-episode order. “This is fantastic news,” said Roger the Alien. “But you do realize I’m not real, right?”

With the renewal, Fox now has all returning comedies from its Sunday animated block locked in for next season. However, because the order for American Dad, now in its sixth season, came in late and because Fox has 2 new animated series on deck for next season, Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite, the network is expected to air only portion of American Dad’s 22-episode order during the upcoming 2011-12 season, running the remaining episodes the following season. This has actually been the airing pattern for American Dad all along, since the show’s premiere after the Super Bowl in 2005, with each of its seasons usually spread over two broadcast cycles.

The 20th TV-produced American Dad, which centers on ultra-conservative, staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent Stan Smith (Seth MacFarlane), was co-created by  Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman who are exec producing with Kenny Schwartz, Rick Wiener and Nahnatchka Khan. Upcoming guest voices for this season include Anjelica Huston, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Burt Reynolds and Cee-Lo Green.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Starts Slow On Slow Presidents Weekend Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy block edged out competition on a quiet Sunday night, which was probably impacted by viewers’ Presidents Day weekend-related activities. It was a photo finish demo race, with Fox averaging a 2.4/7 in 18-49, ABC a 2.3/7 and CBS a 2.2/6. With no football, NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6/5 (It aired Dateline and an SNL special). In total viewers, CBS was once again far ahead with 10.4 million viewers.

The spring cycle of CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.4/7, 9.1 million) was down 14% from the February season premiere last year. It was tied in the 8 PM hour with another reality veteran, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/7, 9.5 million), which was up a big 50% from last week’s low against the Grammy Awards. CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.6/7, 10.6 million) was down 21% from its most recent original on Jan. 16 when the show aired against NBC’s Golden Globes but CBS’ lineup benefited from a football lead-in that night. CSI: Miami (2.2/6, 10.5 million) was down a tenth in the demo from its most recent original on the same night, Jan. 16.

After hitting two consecutive series lows with its two most recent originals that aired against the Golden Globes (3.1/8) last month and the Grammys (2.6/6) last week, ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10.5 million) rebounded 15% from last week to match its second lowest-rated telecast. Brothers & Sisters (1.9/5, 6.9 million) was up a tenth in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ And ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Tie Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

I’m thinking of dropping “race” from the headline of the Sunday ratings story until the end of the NFL season because there is not much of a race on the night that is dominated by football. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated show on Sunday night for 13th straight week. The game between the Steelers and the Ravens for the leadership position in the AFC North posted a 14.6 overnight rating/23 share. That is the highest average ever for a Week 13 game, up 7% from last year’s Vikings-Cardinals face-off. NBC is once again projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

Fox was fueled by a huge Fox overrun for a second consecutive week. It led into The Simpsons (4.2/11, 9.6 million), which was up a tenth from last week to tie its season high in 18-49 and post a new season high in total viewers. There was no halo effect over the rest of the Fox lineup, which last week posted double-digit gains. The Cleveland Show (3.2/8) at 8:30 PM was down 6%. Another Cleveland Show (2.8/7) subbed for Family Guy at 9 PM, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), which was down 14% from last week when it followed a Family Guy rerun.

CBS’ and ABC’s lineups returned to normal after featuring a movie/repeats for the last … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Gives NBC Nightly Win, Spurs Gains For Fox Comedies

Nellie Andreeva

Sunday Night Football sealed NBC’s 12th consecutive ratings victory on the night. The San Diego Chargers 36-14 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts drew a 13.0 overnight rating/19 share. That was down 18% from last week but up 3% from last fall’s Week 12 game, a Steelers-Ravens face-off that was decided in overtime. Meanwhile, with a football runover as a lead-in, Fox’s comedy originals spiked with double-digit ratings increases vs. last week. The Simpsons (4.1/10) at 8 PM was up 41%. The Cleveland Show (3.4/8) was up 42% and American Dad ! (2.9/7) was up 26%. Family Guy (3.0/7) was a rerun. CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.1/7) was up 3% from last week when CBS’ lineup was pushed back by 12 minutes because of an NFL overrun. The network’s Hallmark Hall of Fame movie November Christmas (2.1/5) did respectable business from 9-11 PM, flat with last year’s Hallmark Hall of Fame holiday movie A Dog Named Christmas. ABC’s ratings were trending downward throughout the night with an all-rerun lineup: America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.9/5), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.7/4), Desperate Housewives (1.3/3) and Brothers & Sisters (0.9/2).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules On NBC While AMAs Hit Low On ABC

Nellie Andreeva

Sunday Night Football‘s sizzling season continued with another highly-rated game last night. The Giants-Eagles face-off drew a 15.9 overnight rating/24 share, easily winning the night for NBC. That was up 31% from last year’s Week 11 game and the best for a November primetime game in 12 years.

Airing against the game, ABC’s 38th Annual American Music Awards (4.3/11) were down 22% from last year to hit their lowest 18-49 rating ever. The network touted the awards telecast’s gains among young viewers, 12% in teens, and 19% in kids 2-11. That is to be expected given that the night’s big winner was tween heartthrob Justin Bieber.

Fox, whose 8-9 PM comedies were boosted by an NFL game overrun last week, saw double-digit declines with no football lead-in this Sunday. The Simpsons (2.9/7) was down 26%, while The Cleveland Show (2.4/6) dropped 23%. Family Guy (3.3/7) and American Dad (2.3/5) were also affected by the increased competition from the big SNF game and the AMAs, down 3% and 8%, respectively.

CBS, which had a football overrun this Sunday, once again had its lineup shifted, this time by 12 minutes. The 7 PM hour, which featured a 12-minute football overrun leading into 60 Minutes, drew a 4.6/13 in 18-49. The 60 Minutes/Amazing Race combo at … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Wins, ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘CSI: Miami’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With football season heading into the home stretch, NBC’s Sunday Night Football last night had another strong showing with a 14.2 household rating. NBC dominated the night as it has done every Sunday this season, with viewership for the game expected to be around the 20 million mark. CBS and Fox switched places again, with Fox benefiting from a late afternoon NFL game spilling into primetime this time around. Surprisingly, the football overrun, which scored a 7.0/19 rating in adults 18-49 from 7-8 PM provided little boost for Fox’s Sunday comedies, which last week posted big double-digit gains in their return after a two-week MLB preemption. Last night, The Simpsons (3.9/10) was up a modest 5% and may be adjusted down as it includes two minutes of an NFL overrun. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 3%, while Family Guy (3.3/8) was down 13% and American Dad! (2.6/6) was down 10%.

Also retreating after posting across-the-board rating increases last week was ABC’s Sunday lineup. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/5) was down 12%. Desperate Housewives (3.7/9) was down 8% from its fast national number last week, while Brothers & Sisters (2.5/7) was down a tenth. (Desperate Housewives was adjusted up a tenth and Brothers & Sisters slipped a tenth in the finals last week.)

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, Fox Post Gains Against Football-Boosted NBC & CBS

Nellie Andreeva

Football ruled Sunday ratings once again with NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’ football overrun towering over the primetime competition. But there was a good story on the entertainment side for ABC and Fox whose lineups were up across-the-board by double digits. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.5/6) led the gains with a 39% improvement from its season low last Sunday when ratings were impacted by Halloween celebrations. Desperate Housewives (4.0/9) was up 14%, and Brothers & Sisters (2.6/7) was up 13%. At Fox, which returned to regular programming on the night after 3 weeks of baseball preemptions, the biggest gainer was The Simpsons (3.7/9) at 8 PM, up 23% from its last original on Oct. 10. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 19% to tie its season high, Family Guy (3.8/9) was up 12% and American Dad (2.9/7) up 16%.

Another ratings swing at CBS whose lineup was impacted by a monster 67-minute NFL overrun. After dropping 53% without a football lead-in last week to a 1.6/5 at 7 PM, 60 Minutes was up by at least that much this week. The 8 PM hour, which featured 7 minutes of football overrun and 53 minutes of 60 Minutes averaged 4.0/10. (60 Minutes was additionally boosted by featuring an interview with President Barack Obama.) The 9 PM hour, which featured … Read More »

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Fox Orders More Scripts For Animated Comedies ‘American Dad’ & ‘Bob’s Burgers’

By | Tuesday October 19, 2010 @ 12:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has picked up more scripts for 2 animated comedy series: veteran American Dad! and midseason entry Bob’s Burgers. The orders are for 8 American Dad! scripts and 6 Bob’s Burger’s scripts. All episodes from Bob’s Burger‘s original 13-episode order have been read and recorded and are now in various stages of animated production. The script order will keep the show in continuous production and allow for it to return in the fall if renewed by Fox as opposed to midseason if it doesn’t have scripts ready because of the long lead production time for animated series. As for American Dad!, the extra scripts are in lieu of a full-blown seventh season renewal, which is still expected. But with Bob’s Burgers coming out in January and Fox recently ordering 2 new animated series, Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory, Fox seems to be keeping its options open. Ordering extra scripts allows the networks to keep the shows in continuous production but it is a much cheaper option than a straight episodic order in case the networks decide to back out.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Again While ‘Desperate Housewives’ Hits Fall Low

Nellie Andreeva

With CBS and Fox alternating in getting football overruns, the only networks with fair week-to-week comparisons are NBC and ABC. For CBS and Fox, ratings gains the week the network has a football overrun are followed by a decline the following week. (with the exception of CBS’ Undercover Boss, which does better with no overrun as football pushes its start time to 10-11 PM.) NBC was solid with football last night, while ABC’s lineup showed across-the-board erosion. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Again, ‘Boss’ Rises & ‘CSI: Miami’ Transitions

Nellie Andreeva

NFL football is expected to once again determine the ratings winner and runner-up on Sunday, with NBC logging another No. 1 finish with Sunday Night Football and Fox taking the silver thanks to a football overrun. But there was good news elsewhere too: CBS’ Undercover Boss got a Week 2 ratings bump, the network’s veteran crime drama CSI: Miami had a solid debut in its new Sunday 10 PM slot while ABC’s lineup held steady week-to-week.

NBC’s coverage of the New York Giants’ 17-3 victory over the Chicago Bears drew a 14.2 overnight rating/22 share, the best for an NFL primetime game in October since 2000. The network is expected to handily win Sunday night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, with viewership for the game likely to exceed 20 million.

Without a football overrun-inflated 60 Minutes lead-in, CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.3/9) was down 13% from its 2-hour premiere last week. Undercover Boss (4.0/9), which featured its first female CEO last night, was up 5% from last week’s debut. At 10 PM, the season premiere of CSI: Miami (3.2/8) was down 26% from the last season debut in the Monday 10 PM slot but improved the Sunday time period by 52% vs. the season premiere of Cold Case last fall.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.5/7) and Desperate Housewives (4.3/10) were flat from last week’s season premieres, a sold accomplishment in Week 2 when most series drop. (Desperate Housewives may inch up in the finals.) And at 10 PM, Read More »

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Fox ‘Connected’ With Family Comedy From ‘American Dad’ Producer Nahnatchka Khan

By | Thursday September 30, 2010 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a bidding war, Fox has handed out a put pilot commitment to Connected, a single-camera family comedy from from American Dad! executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and  documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler. Khan will write and executive produce the project, an edgy family comedy about two families linked by their teens’ romantic relationship. She will executive produce with Cutler and Mosaic’s Ann Blanchard. Connected is produced by 20th Century Fox TV where Khan is under an overall deal.

Khan, who has been on Dad! since the beginning, has both live-action and animation background. She got her start in kids animated series at Walt Disney TV Animation after graduating from USC’s film school. She worked her way into primetime with gigs on such series as Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle, WB’s What I Like About You and NBC’s Good Morning, Miami. This represents Cutler’s first major foray into scripted TV. In February, the documentarian and reality producer inked a first-look deal with 20th TV’s corporate sibling Fox TV Studios with a focus on scripted development.

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview; Sunday, July 25


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SUNDAY, JULY 25

THE SLOW-ASS LAST DAY, a.k.a. “FAMILY DAY”

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:00-11:00 AM: Emily The Strange. So every year, they promise an announcement of a potential movie deal for this goth-chick fave. This year? Maybe. Or not. Room 3

10:00-11:00 AM: Smallville Screening and Q&A. Apparently, this next season is going to be the final one for the Superman prequel series. I did not know that. Which makes this the last official Comic-Con panel. Some of you might find that important. Plus Tom Welling’s coming. Ballroom 20

10:00-11:00 AM: Sideshow Collectibles. Hey Sideshow: I bought your expensive dolls back when they were around $60. Now that most of them are almost twice that, I can’t. And if you keep this up, I will not care. Just so you know, there’s a recession on. Room 32AB

11:45 AM-12:45 PM: Comic-Con Debut: International Hit Merlin. If my girlfriend were coming to Comic-Con, she’d be first in line for this. If I attend the panel, it will primarily be on her behalf, as I can’t quite understand why this show so drastically rewrites Arthurian legend as to make Merlin a kid serving Prince Arthur. But star Colin Morgan will show up, and I know firsthand that that means a lot to some. Room 6BCF

12:00-2:00 PM: Browncoats Fan Group. Obsessive fans of Joss Whedon’s SERENITY/FIREFLY meet at this thing. I’d advice everyone else to stay far, far away. Room 32AB

12:30-1:15 PM: American Dad. Good morning USA! … Read More »

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