Seth MacFarlane’s hit animated sitcoms Family Guy and American Dad will move to ITV2 this autumn.
Both shows currently air on BBC3 and FX in the UK, but following the move all new seasons of Family Guy will have their UK premiere on ITV2. All new seasons of American Dad will have their UK premiere on ITV2 too, and the channel has also secured broadcasting rights to existing seasons of American Dad.
Under the deal, new seasons of MacFarlane’s other animated sitcoms The Cleveland Show, a Family Guy spin-off, and the forthcoming Bordertown will also have their UK premiere on ITV2. Bordertown – due to debut in the US later this spring – will follow two families living in a desert town on the United States–Mexico border and has a voice cast that includes The Simpsons‘ Hank Azaria, Family Guy‘s Alex Borstein and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander.
ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham said in a press statement: “Seth MacFarlane’s shows have firmly established him as the comedy voice of choice for an entire generation. Seth is sharp, hugely irreverent and brilliantly funny which is reflected in his fantastic shows. We are delighted to be welcoming him and his comic creations to ITV.”
Marion Edwards of Twentieth Century Fox, which own the rights to Family Guy, added: “Family Guy is one of our most important, iconic series and we are very excited about this new collaboration. We are confident that this extraordinary series will not only bring its loyal fanbase to ITV, but will also be embraced by an entirely new set of fans.”