FOX Pushes 'The Cleveland Show' to Fall 2009
Arianna Huffington set for an ursine recurring role
But don't take that move as a bad sign for the "Family Guy" spin-off. In addition to admitting to the premiere delay, FOX also announced that it has ordered a full season of the animated comedy.
That means that FOX has now ordered 22 episodes of "The Cleveland Show," which will star Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mike Henry and Seth MacFarlane.
"FOX picking up nine more episodes of our show is proof that an African-American can make it in this country," says, um, "Cleveland Brown" in FOX's press release. "This is a milestone for the United States of America."
FOX initially set "The Cleveland Show" for a midseason launch. It follows Peter Griffin's neighbor (Henry) as he moves to Virginia to be with his high-school sweetheart (Lathan) and her kids. His son Cleveland Jr. will also be part of the show.
In addition to announcing the full season order and the fall start, FOX also made a rather peculiar addendum: Arianna Huffington will take a recurring role on the series.
The presence of the blogger, radio host and politically shifting pundit would be odd enough. What's more, though, Huffington's character will be part of the family of talking bears who live in Cleveland's new Virginia neighborhood. The ursine spouse of Huffington's character will be voiced by MacFarlane.
With the "Cleveland Show" reassignment, the jury is still out on FOX's other unscheduled midseason comedy, the Mitch Hurwitz-produced "Sit Down, Shut Up."