Ahead of their massive sale to Disney, Fox has reportedly renewed two of their longest running shows.
Sources tell THR that the animated hits Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were quietly renewed months ago for their 18th and 10th seasons, respectively.
The renewal decisions were reportedly months ago to allow both series to continue production — and ahead of the expected close of Fox’s $72 billion asset sale to Disney. Fox’s studio, 20th Century Fox Television, handles Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons, the latter of which was recently renewed for two additional seasons.
Charlie Collier, head of TV at Fox, spoke to reporters last Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour about Fox’s future in animation:
“If you’re an animator, there is no better place to showcase your work than Sunday nights on Fox. This is the network that set the standard for primetime animation. The Simpsons and Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers are the heavyweights of the genre, and we’re intent on finding the next generation of culture defining animated comedies to join them.”
For Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, the news comes as his massive overall deal with 20th TV expires this June. The writer-actor-producer has already been received offers from across the streaming and traditional studio landscape, sources say. Rumor has it that right now, MacFarlane is focusing on furthering his acting career. His live-action Fox dramedy The Orville is currently in the middle of its sophomore season.
Meanwhile, Bob’s Burger creator Loren Bouchard, also quietly extended his overall deal as he becomes one of the most valued names in the medium. In addition to the Emmy-winning Bob’s Burgers, Bouchard is behind Apple’s two-season animated comedy Central Park and Fox’s recently announced animated Bob’s Burgers feature film.