The coming season of “American Dad” will be its final one on FOX — but not its final one ever.
The animated show co-created by Seth MacFarlane will move to TBS in late 2014, the cable channel announced Tuesday (July 16). TBS has ordered 15 episodes of the show, with encores set to air on Adult Swim.
“‘American Dad’ is a great fit for TBS, a favorite of comedy fans who like smart, irreverent humor with ample doses of biting wit and skewering satire,” Turner head of programming Michael Wright says in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.”
MacFarlane created the series with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman and also voices two characters: gung-ho CIA agent Stan Smith and Roger, the space alien who lives with the Smiths.
The move of “American Dad” to TBS will leave FOX with just one MacFarlane show, “Family Guy,” in its Sunday animation lineup come 2014. Last season it had three, including the now canceled “Cleveland Show.”
The network says it has enough episodes of “American Dad” to air a full season in 2013-14, and possibly extend into the summer.
FOX also has a new animated series called “Murder Police” on tap for later in the 2013-14 season and is launching a late-night block called “Animation Domination Hi-Def” later in July that could serve as a development lab for future Sunday shows.