In The last year Fox has ordered 4 new animated TV series. The push into animation started when Disney acquired key Fox assets, such as 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that created The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.
This increase in production of new shows made people wonder if the network might be preparing for the loss of its iconic animated titles.
Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn made it very clear that they are planning to keep their classic animated sitcoms on the network.
“It’s twofold it’s part of our business and programming strategy but also preparing for that day. whenever it comes,” Thorn said about adding new animated shows and keeping old ones. This also hints that the network may be opening a new comedy block on its schedule.
The Simpsons and Family Guy have been ordered for two new seasons, while Bob’s Burgers is scheduled at least through this current season. Thorn said that the series will be renewed soon. “Bob’s Burgers is going to be on Fox for a long time,” he said.
“Animation is a key part of our business; we are really looking to growing our slate and potentially even adding another hour of animation on our schedule in a targeted section of the year,” Thorn said.
“We are looking to take our legacy and build on it. Part of that is tied to our programming goals and our Fox Entertainment goals in terms of having an ownership stake in those animated series. When they work, they work extremely well financially as well.”
Fox Entertainment owns all of its new animated series. FOX has been losing money for a while on The Simpsons because of its age, its very expensive.
Having a legacy that comes from the three classic animated shows has helped the network land competitive animated pitches and FOX is looking to build its future in the genre.
One of Fox’s newest animated series, Bless the Harts, debuted this fall and has just been renewed for a second season.
Next Fall Duncanville, The Great North, and Housebroken are three new animated series set to premiere on FOX.