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'American Dad,' 'Drop the Mic' and 'The Joker's Wild' Renewed at TBS
TBS continues to hand out renewals.
The Turner-owned cable network, which also announced a two-season extension for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, has also renewed Seth MacFarlane's American Dad for two more seasons and granted sophomore seasons for unscripted series Drop the Mic and Snoop Dogg's The Joker's Wild. The renewal for American Dad takes the animated veteran through 2020 and its 15th season overall. The 13th season returns Monday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. with 22 new episodes.
American Dad launched on Fox in 2005 and moved to TBS in 2014, where it has become a key performer for the network, ranking as one of last year's top 10 cable comedies.
Starting Feb. 26, TBS will use American Dad to launch an animated block on Mondays with the veteran series created by, exec produced and voiced by MacFarlane, leading into rookie animated entry Final Space at 10:30 p.m. (Watch the trailer for Final Space, below.)
Final Space revolves around Gary, who is working off a prison sentence and makes a mysterious new alien friend named Mooncake, whom he immediately bonds with. Final Space was created by Olan Rogers, an independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur with nearly 1 million YouTube subscribers. Rogers and David Sacks write and exec produce the comedy from Conan O'Brien's Conaco, New Form and Turner's Studio T. Rogers stars in the animated series alongside Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun and Coty Galloway.
"Animation has played a huge role in making us the No. 1 comedy network," said Brett Weitz, exec vp programming at TBS. "We will keep the momentum going with the two-season pickup of American Dad and finally introducing the world to the brilliantly constructed misadventures of Gary in Final Space."
Drop the Mic, meanwhile, is based on the popular viral segment from CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden. The TBS entry is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and is produced by CBS Television Studios, Fulwell 73 Productions, with James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp exec producing. It is one of multiple unscripted series to find success after being incubated on a late-night show. (NBC recently picked up Ellen's Game of Games, which is based on segments from DeGeneres' syndicated talk show, while Spike TV has found success with Lip Sync Battle, based on the Tonight Show segment.)
For its part, The Joker's Wild is based on the classic game show of the same name and is hosted by Snoop Dogg. Produced by Sony Pictures TV and Studio T, Snoop exec produces alongside Michael Strahan, Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.
"Our relaunch of TBS' unscripted efforts hit the ground running with the series premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic, and we never looked back," said Michael Bloom, senior vp unscripted and specials at TBS and TNT. "And season two is going to be filled with next-level celebrity beef under the guidance of Method and Hailey and much, much higher stakes courtesy of some extra Snoop-a-fied gaming led by the Dogg himself."
Both Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic will return in the spring for their sophomore seasons.
On the scripted side, TBS also announced that Tracy Morgan's FX turned TBS comedy The Last O.G. will premiere Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30 p.m.