Fox (Basically) Cancels THE CLEVELAND SHOW

     April 19, 2013

It appears as though Fox has put one of Seth MacFarlane’s brainchildren to bed for good. The network has apparently opted not to order another season of Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, though a formal announcement of cancellation has yet to be made and the show will be allowed to air its remaining fourth-season episodes. The network’s decision isn’t at all surprising considering the show’s modest ratings and the fact that Cleveland’s episode count will hit 88 by the end of this season, which is the typical benchmark for a juicy syndication (i.e. rerun-sellin’) deal.

Debuting in 2009, The Cleveland Show saw Family Guy producer/voice actor Mike Henry reprising his role as Cleveland Brown (a jokey reference to the pro football team that I, oddly enough, just got at this very moment), who moves back to his home town of Stoolbend, Virginia, reuniting with his high school crush (voiced by Sanaa Lathan) and her kids, and getting up to shenanigans involving a new group of pals, one of which is a talking bear. SNL’s Jason Sudeikis and Seth MacFarlane himself rounded out the regular voice cast. Also, Kanye West dropped by sometimes. Hit the jump for more.

the-cleveland-show-season-4-premierePer The Wrap, if Fox sticks to its current schedule, The Cleveland Show will wrap up its primetime run in May. However, as they correctly point out, this network has a history of putting its animated offerings (like King of the Hill and even Family Guy at one point) on hiatus and shuffling them around the schedule.

Provided this is the end of The Cleveland Show, I won’t miss it all that much.  It was pretty hit-and-miss on its better days. Frankly, the only show from the Animation Domination lineup that I’d bemoan the loss of is MacFarlane’s oft-overlooked middle child, American Dad, which has quietly developed into one of the most enjoyable half-hours on television. (I haven’t gotten on to Bob’s Burgers yet, but have heard good things.) Either way, for fans of Cleveland, though this is no doubt a downer, 88 episodes is a good solid run. We’ll update if/when Fox makes the cancellation official.


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  • Huh

    That show was still on??? Next you’re going to tell me American Dad is alive and kicking… Honestly, who watches this stuff?

    • duh

      Alot of people, you obviously dont have a tv or people around you in your day to day life.

  • Cleveland Brown

    I’m going back to Family Guy?

  • daveyboy

    Good description: hit and miss on its better days. Not horrible, sometimes even pretty funny but not consistently. I think it really came down to the fact that Cleveland getting his own show wasn’t a great idea to begin with. That being said, the one thing this show did really right was creating a GREAT character in Rollo! Rollo is the shit! I hope they move Cleveland back to Family Guy, that should provide some good jokes about his show getting canceled. I would love to also see some Rollo and Stewie team ups.


    I hope he return to Quahog

  • TotesMcGotes

    I remember before the show coming out, that some of the creators said one big difference between it and Family Guy was that the main character was the “straight man”,but instead they made Cleveland the same type of moron as Peter. Never was a big fan,it was too much of a Family Guy knockoff,even if it did have some moments.

  • Jesus

    It makes my soul hurt that a show as awful as The Cleveland Show was kept alive as long as it was just so it could get a syndication deal while so many better shows (AD, Firefly, Better Off Ted, Pushing Daisies, Studio 60) get canceled. I know TV is a business, but wow, talk about making all the wrong choices.

  • Great white hype

    Quagmire: Good luck with your spinoff Joey.
    Cleveland: We ain’t no fvcking Joey!

    • AmbassadorMatt

      In his defense, ‘Cleveland Show’ did last twice as long as ‘Joey’.

  • RunnerX13

    Where did you dig up that picture? Must be an early promo piece.

    • keith

      That photo was a rough sketch of what they where trying to make them look like. After some tempering they finally came out with wat they show now.

  • Lake Orion

    Matt Currie -
    Have you ever even seen The Cleveland Show? First, the fictional town of Stoolbend is in VIRGINIA, not Michigan. Second, that last illustration is an early draft of the characters…the neighbors pictured in the house didn’t even make the cut and never appeared in the show.

    • Matt Currie

      Brain cramp! Don’t know where “Michigan” came from. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  • nathan rabalais

    it’s a sub par show not like it use to be but looks like cartoon networks adult swim could pick it up will just have to wait and see

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  • Canuck 702

    It will be interesting to see if he moves back to Quahog & brings the family with him,

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  • tim

    Why is the cleveland show cancel i love the show i gave a chance i hope comedy central or TBS could pick it up i hope it comes back fox can you not cancel the cleveland show cancel bob burger it sucks like dirt and it unfunny cancel bob burgers now fox its corny and bring back the cleveland now i thinks it gets funnier. Also get rid of bob burgers now

  • Valentine

    Bring him back! If they put him on family guy they will most likely treat him bad. FOX are great people but why cancel the cleveland show?To get more space take of bob burgers they sound like men and cancel the stupid show

  • Chuck Nugent

    if they wanted to cancel anything, it should be BOBS BURGERS, who in the ^%* created that POS show!!! BRING BACK CLEVELAND! but NEVER put kanye west back on there EVER again. they canceled family guy too, before.. if we make enough noise, they will bring him back.
    WHERE do we go to Petition for the show to be put back on??

  • Just a guy…

    Honestly, the Cleveland show was an okay show, I understood the humor, but I didn’t like how they cut out to random crap. I know, I know, Family Guy does it. But, fact is. It’s already known as a rip off, but they made it worse when they started calling Rolo “Black Stewie” and did those random crap things. I hope they don’t cancel it, as many people still enjoy it. However, I feel as though Seth didn’t have much of a clue on this one. American Dad! For the win man.

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  • stewie

    Believe it or not, the Cleveland Show had a huge following. The show might not have been as good as Family Guy, but it was damn near better than The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. Also, if you guys aren’t going to bring the CS back then at least bring Cleveland back to Family Guy. I still can’t make sense of why this show was cancelled. There’s a lot of TV shows on now with “modest ratings,” so that’s not an excuse. I still watch it on Netflix and definitely would want to see back on Fox. If we rage about it enough, I’m sure they will put it back on air, just like they did with Family Guy. Also…I’m from Virginia and I loved how it made fun of the state ’cause I fuckin’ hate this state lol

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