Family Guy, Bob's Burgers renewed at Fox

Fox is bringing back its animated comedy block. According to Variety, the network has officially handed down renewals to Family Guy (season 17) and Bob's Burgers (season 9).

Family Guy was created by Seth MacFarlane, who also voices multiple characters in the series. The long-running animated sitcom was considered a sure thing for renewal, although the show's future depended on setting new deals with MacFarlane and principal voice cast members Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry. 

The show's most recent season averaged 10.6 million multi-platform viewers and a 1.8 rating in the key 18 to 49 demo. This is the second renewal for MacFarlane this season, with Fox also bringing back his live-action Star Trek parody The Orville for a second season. Family Guy comes from 20th Century Fox Television, with Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin serving as executive producers and showrunners.

Bob's Burgers, meanwhile, stars H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, and Larry Murphy. The family sitcom was given a boost earlier this year when Fox announced that they plan to release a movie based on the project in theaters in 2020. Loren Bouchard created the series and serves as an executive producer beside Jim Dauterive. The show, a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Bento Box Entertainment, averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the demo. The series was already in production on their next season when the renewal was handed down.

Fox has not been kind to comedies this season, with only The Simpsons joining Family Guy and Bob's Burgers on the returning slate. (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was canceled by Fox after airing five seasons, has found new life at NBC.) Fox is also set to revive Tim Allen's canceled ABC comedy Last Man Standing for a seventh season.

On the drama side, the network has ordered new seasons of Empire, Star, The Gifted, 911, and The Resident. Still awaiting word are Gotham, Lethal Weapon, Ghosted, and L.A. to Vegas. Fox's canceled shows include The Exorcist, LuciferThe Last Man on Earth, The Mick, and New Girl, which concluded with a shortened seventh season. (via The Hollywood Reporter)