Fox Television has announced three new prime-time animation series, at least one of which is considered a sure thing to make it on the air next year.
"Cleveland," a spin-off of "Family Guy" that will be co-produced by Seth MacFarlane, is expected to get a thirteen-episode order.
Both of the two "yellow-lit" shows will be based upon a live-action TV series. "The Pitts" will be based on a 2003 Fox series about an "incredibly unlucky family" that was cancelled after five episodes (I couldn't make that up). It will be produced by "Simpsons" vet Mike Scully and his wife, Julie Thacker-Scully.
"Sit Down, Shut Up," based on an Australian series about high-school teacher who ignore their students, will be produced by "Arrested Development"'s Mitch Hurwitz, and will use three of that show's actors for voices (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler.)
Both "The Pitts" and "Sit Down, Shut Up" were ordered as "table reads" in lieu of presentations. They have been approved to make one- or two-minute presentations and to hire writers.