You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve heard the hype. Now there’s only one thing you want to know: Which of the new fall shows midseason offerings are worth watching and which should be avoided at all costs? In this continuing series, we give you the scoop on some of the most highly-anticipated shows of the season. Which will be the next GREY’S ANATOMY… and which will be the new JOEY? Next up, an early look at the FOX’s FAMILY GUY spin-off THE CLEVELAND SHOW.
Why We’ll Watch: Giving new meaning to the phrase “Animation Domination,” comes Seth MacFarlane with his third contribution to FOX’s Sunday night lineup: THE CLEVELAND SHOW. And while Cleveland Brown, alongside his 14-year old son Cleveland Jr. may not have been the most obvious choice for this much-buzzed about FAMILY GUY spin-off, fans will be grateful to know that MacFarlane, alongside executive producers Rich Appel and Mike Henry (who coincidentally enough, provides the voice of Cleveland among others) are smarter than the average bear (or, as the case may be, comedy writers). Cleverly surrounding the show’s somewhat less exciting titular character with; A newly adopted family which include a rebellious stepdaughter named Roberta and a foul-mouthed tyke named Rallo, who who may-or-may-not bare a passing resemblance to one Stewie Griffin, two off-beat religious environmentally friendly bears voiced by Arianna Huffington and Seth MacFarlane, a loudmouth redneck named Lester and a hipster wanna-be named Holt (Voiced by Jason Sudeikis). All of whom keep the yuks flowing and contribute to what may in fact be MacFarlane’s funniest project yet.
What to Fast Forward Through: Uneven pacing and jokes that fall flat aside, it’s always something with MacFarlane. FAMILY GUY has Chris, AMERICAN DAD has Klaus and unfortunately for Cleveland and the viewers, we’re stuck with son Cleveland Jr., who (trust us) is why remote controls have “fast forward” buttons.
Watch Live or DVR: Considering THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and yes, even AMERICAN DAD (Which FYI, has kind of grown on us this past season) are all appointment TV, you can bet where we’ll be come Sundays at 8:30PM. After-all, it’s Seth MacFarlane’s world and we’re just living in it.