'Cleveland' grows then goes

Fox orders full season of 'Family Guy' spinoff but pushes it to fall '09

Fox has ordered a full season of the upcoming "Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show," but the network has decided to push the comedy's debut date to next fall.

The network ordered an additional nine episodes of 20th Century Fox TV's "Cleveland," which originally was planned for midseason along with another animated effort, "Sit Down, Shut Up."

Sources said the midseason date for "Cleveland" was always a bit ambitious given the complexity of launching an animated show and that "Sit Down" is still slated for this season, perhaps late in the spring.

The network also said that Arianna Huffington will join the cast in a recurring role in "Cleveland" as a talking bear. The Huffington Post co-founder will voice Arianna, the matriarch of a bear family. Her character's husband, Tim, is voiced by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

The shows are planned for Fox's Sunday animated comedy lineup, which fell in the ratings Sunday after hitting season highs the week before.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" topped the evening in the ratings, edging out ABC's "Desperate Housewives." The game (15.8 million viewers, 6.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was followed by "Housewives" (15.7 million, 5.9), which was up a notch this week along with "Brothers & Sisters" (10.2 million, 3.7), which jumped 9%.

CBS was boosted by NFL overrun, which helped bump the ratings for "Amazing Race" (14.1 million, 3.6), "Cold Case" (12 million, 3.1) and "The Unit" (11.1 million, 2.9).

Fox aired "The Simpsons" (8.2 million, 3.9), "King of the Hill" (6.8 million, 3.3), "Family Guy" (8.6 million, 4.3) and "American Dad" (6.6 million, 3.3). (partialdiff)
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