I spent the middle of the day at Fox Animation ....
The Cleveland Show and Family Guy crews are working straight ahead. But things are a little more ... uh ... tense in the American Dad unit.
"We still don't know if we're going to get picked up or not. Every week they tell us we should be hearing any time, and every week there's nothing.
"There's twenty completed episodes that have been held back, so there's almost another season's worth of shows, even if Fox doesn't greenlight new ones."
Family Guy crew members hope that if the worst happens, they can swing over to the new McFarlane show currently in gestation:
... I'm finishing a rewrite on the pilot. We're trying to, essentially, stay true to what that show is. There's something cool to me about, in 2013, turning on your TV and seeing 'The Flintstones' and having it look like 'The Flintstones.' There's really not a lot about that show -- other than the references to 1960s America, which really come through in the writing more than the visual -- that needs to be changed visually and stylistically. They invented the template that we're using in animation. We kinda want to keep it, more or less, the same. The stories that we tell will be a little more current." ...
Let's hope that American Dad gets the greenlight for a new season. (After all, the series is doing relatively well in the ratings.) But if the worst happens, Fox Animation can place AD crew onto the Fred and Wilma reboot.