TBS Superstation is jumping on the animation bandwagon this summer with a special run of the series Futurama and The Family Guy, which both originated on Fox. Beginning Monday, July 7, the two series will air weekdays on the cable outlet at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and 2:30 p.m. (ET), respectively.
The toons join the Non-Stop Comedy Block and Dawson’s Creek in a lineup tailored to bring in more young adult viewers. Animation has proven profitable during late night blocks like Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. TBS is hoping the popularity of edgy animated comedies will carry over to afternoons.
Futurama, winner of the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour), follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out 1000 years later. A lot of the humor comes from his struggle to adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. The series, created by The Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, has not been picked up by Fox for another season.
The Family Guy chronicles the lives of the Griffin family, a tight-knit but tense nuclear family living in Quahog, Road Island. Blundering patriarch Peter and his devoted wife, Lois, do the best they can bringing up a teen queen daughter, a slacker adolescent son and homicidal infant. A talking dog named Brian rounds out the family. The series was created by Seth McFarlane, who also provides the voice of Peter and other characters.
In addition to their run on TBS Superstation, Futurama and The Family Guy will continue to air during Cartoon Network Adult Swim.