Fox Extends American Dad, Creators

Based on the high ratings the new animated series, American Dad, has received since premiering on May 1, Twentieth Century Fox TV reportedly wants more from the show and its makers. According to Daily Variety, the broadcaster has raised the episode order from 13 to 19 and signed series co-creators Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman to a two-year, seven-figure development deal.

Barker and Weitzman, who previously wrote for Fox’s Family Guy, teamed up with that show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, to develop American Dad. Under the new deal with Fox, the two will continue to serve as showrunners on the series as they develop and produce new programs for the network.

In addition to Family Guy and American Dad, Weitzman and Barker wrote for NBC’s short-lived CG comedy series, Father of the Pride. They told the trade, however, that their development efforts will not be limited to animation.