The official deals closed months ago, sources say.
Fox's Sunday animation block is remaining intact for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, when the broadcast network will officially split with its studio counterpart. The Hollywood Reporter that the animated hits Family Guy and Bob's Burgers were quietly renewed months ago for their 18th and 10th seasons, respectively. (19459003) Episodes of both shows – like The Simpsons still underway). The renewal decisions were made 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, controls Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and The Simpsons, the laughter or which was recently renewed for two additional seasons.
Like The Simpsons, Family Guy (from Seth MacFarlane) and Bob's Burgers (from Loren Bouchard) have lucrative streaming (they're on Hulu) and merchandise deals that generate billions of dollars for 20th TV despite being pricey yet low-rated loss leaders for the studio. Disney could stand new deals for both series should the company opt to move them outside of the new studio-free Fox Entertainment.
All three series are part of Fox's upcoming animation push as new network topper Charlie Collier looks to bolster the network's presence in the space. Under that mandate, Fox has already issued two straight-to-series orders for a pair of animated comedies for the 201
For MacFarlane, the news comes as his massive overall deal with 20th TV expires in June, and the writer-actor producer has already been getting offers from across the streaming and traditional studio landscape, sources say. His live action Fox dramedy The Orville is currently in the middle of his sophomore season.
Bouchard, meanwhile, also quietly extended his overall deal with 20th TV as he becomes one of the most valued names in animation. In addition to the Emmy winning Bob's Burgers, Bouchard is behind Apple's two-season animated comedy Central Park and Fox's planned animated Bob's Citizens feature film
Following Netflix's success in the space, animation has become an increasingly hot genre as both the streaming giant and CBS TV studios have opened studios to produce costly animation in-house (rather than outsourcing it to third-party companies). 19659003] The Simpsons, Family Guy (which recently marked its 20th anniversary ) and Bob's Burgers are the only series renewed for next season at Fox (so far)