According to Variety and several other sources, the popular adult cartoon show “Family Guy” has inspired a spinoff focusing on one of the show’s semi-main characters, Cleveland Brown.
The spin off, titled “The Cleveland Show,” revolves around one of Peter Griffin’s closest pals, Cleveland Brown, who decides to take Cleveland, Jr. and move to Stoolhbend, Virginia.
Recently it was announced that actor Kevin Richardson (The Cleaner) has signed on to the show to voice a new character, a “red neck” named Lester who lives next door to the Browns. Also joining the cast are Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball), who will voice Cleveland’s new love interest, Donna, a single mother with two kids. Donna’s rebellious teenage daughter Roberta will be voiced by Nia Long (Soul Food).
Unfortunately for “Family Guy” fans, Cleveland’s move to Virginia in “The Cleveland Show” practically guarantees few, if any, appearances by the original series’ beloved characters (thankfully the show will still be on, though). Given the love-it-or-hate-it nature of “Family Guy,” it’ll be interesting to see how this Cleveland-based spin off fares without Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian and the other memorable characters.
“The Cleveland Show” is the brainchild of “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, who struck a $100 million-dollar deal with 20th Century Fox early this past June, making him the highest paid writer-producer in television. MacFarlane’s contract extends through 2012 and includes continued work on his current animated series, “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” as well as “The Cleveland Show,” which is set to air in September 2009.
To see a MacFarlane talk about “The Cleveland Show,” check out ToxicShock.tv.