1:31pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TBS Gives a Speedy Renewal to 'American Dad'
TBS is going all in on American Dad. Less than a month after it started airing original episodes of the Seth MacFarlane cartoon, which aired its first 10 seasons on Fox, the cable network has ordered a new 22-episode season of the 20th Century Fox Television series.
American Dad got off to a solid ratings start on TBS and is averaging 3.1 million gross viewers for premiere episodes this season. TBS' acquisition has also brought over the series' handsome catalog of old episodes.
"We are thrilled with American Dad’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success," said Turner executive vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing Deborah K. Bradley. "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."
American Dad is executive produced by MacFarlane, Matt Weitzman and new showrunner Brian Boyle. It originally aired in Fox's Animation Domination block, alongside sister series Family Guy. Its move to TBS followed the network's immense success with its off-net run of Family Guy.
"TBS has been a spectacular home for this terrific series, and its continued success is a testament to the brilliance of the show, as well as the passion of the network," added Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs. "We join the loyal fans of American Dad in hoping this is the first of many renewals because Seth, Brian and Matt have many more stories to tell."