Life in the Slow Lane

July 15, 2008

Fox makes animation moves

Filed under: Television — pauljlane @ 10:02 am

Fox recently released two announcements pertaining to its animated lineup.

First was a cast announcement for ‘The Cleveland Show,” the “Family Guy” spin-off featuring the Griffins’ neighbor Cleveland Brown. Mike Henry, who did his voice for “Family Guy,” will continue in that role.

The show, which will be a winter replacement this coming season, follows the Browns as they move from Quahog, R.I., to Virginia, and they wacky adventures they’ll encounter there.

The second announcement pertains to “King of the Hill,” which is slated to reach the 250-episode milestone this coming season. Once set for cancellation, this show has made a solid comeback in Fox’s Sunday night animation lineup.

“King of the Hill” has never been a regular view for me, but every time I turn it on I’m entertained. The writing has consistently been solid and the storylines are far from stale as this series keeps crawling through its second decade of existence.

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These releases are from Fox.

Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Kevin Michael Richardson join the cast of THE CLEVELAND SHOW, the highly anticipated FAMILY GUY spin-off set to debut in 2009 on FOX.

THE CLEVELAND SHOW is a new animated series that follows everyone’s favorite soft-spoken neighbor CLEVELAND BROWN (voiced by Mike Henry) to his hometown in Virginia, as he settles down with his high school sweetheart, DONNA (voiced by Lathan), her unruly kids and his 14 year-old son, CLEVELAND JR.

As Cleveland settles into his new life with Donna, there are a few surprises in store for him including a rebellious new stepdaughter, ROBERTA (voiced by Long); a 5-year-old stepson who loves the ladies; as well as a collection of neighbors that includes a loudmouth redneck, LESTER (voiced by Richardson), a British family seemingly stuck in the Victorian era and a family of bears.

Sanaa Lathan has starred in numerous films including “Love & Basketball,” “Alien vs. Predator” and “Something New,” and will be featured in the upcoming Tyler Perry film “The Family That Preys Together.” Lathan received a Tony nomination for her role on “Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, which was adapted for a MOW, that she starred in opposite Sean Combs. Additionally, she will star in “Wonderful World” opposite Matthew Broderick.

Nia Long’s extensive list of film credits includes “Boyz n the Hood,” “Alfie,” “Big Momma’s House” and “Are We There Yet?” She also starred in the television series “Third Watch” and “Big Shots.”

No stranger to animation, Kevin Richardson has voiced hundreds of characters on film, commercial and video games over the past years including FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Richardson has a starring role in the upcoming drama series “The Cleaner.”

The Emmy Award-winning animated series KING OF THE HILL will celebrate its 250th milestone episode in May 2009. The 13th season of KING OF THE HILL, featuring Hank Hill, his family and their neighbors in the fictional suburb of Arlen, TX, will premiere Sunday, Sept. 28 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The 250th milestone episode, “Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key, takes place a year after the death of Hank’s father, Cotton Hill. In the episode, Cotton’s widow, Didi (Ashley Gardner), delivers Hank (Mike Judge) a box full of his father’s prized possessions including one last crazy Cotton request to have his ashes flushed down a toilet located in an old bar and once used by General George S. Patton. When Hank enlists Bill (Stephen Root) and Dale’s (Johnny Hardwick) help in his “flushing Cotton” mission, the guys’ bickering gets them kicked out of the bar. When Hank snaps, his friends come together to help him fulfill his father’s final wish.

Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are co-creators/executive producers and John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Jim Dauterive, Garland Testa, Michael Rotenberg and Howard Klein are executive producers for KING OF THE HILL, which is a 20th Century Fox Television Production in association with Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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