Fox Orders ‘Bordertown’ Animated Series from Seth MacFarlane

By November 11, 2013
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Seth MacFarlane

Fox is getting ready to make some changes to their Animation Domination line-up on Sundays with “American Dad” moving to TBS next year, and the network has just made an acquisition to fill that slot.

TV Guide reports Fox has given a 13-episode order to “Bordertown,” a new animated series from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. That’s right, one MacFarlane series will leave and another will take its place.

“Bordertown” also hails from Mark Hentemann, who climbed the ladder from story editor to executive producer of “Family Guy,”not to mention voicing Peter Griffin’s dimwitted co-worker Opie, amongst other characters. The project has actually been in development for years and seemed close to making it to air back in 2009 along with “Bob’s Burgers” (which actually made it to air shortly thereafter).

Bordertown - Characters

The animated series takes place in a desert town in Texas near the border of Mexico and follows two families. Bud Buckwald is a Border Patrol agent who is married with three kids, and he’s not a fan of the cultural changes happening around town. Meanwhile, his next-door neighbor just happens to be a Mexican immigrant named Ernesto Gonzales with four kids. Of course, the two families clash in cultural and neighborly ways in this satire of immigration in America.

Hentemann and MacFarlane will executive produce the show, and Alex Carter and Dan Vebber (from “Family Guy” and “American Dad” respectively) will service as co-executive producers.

We wish Fox would put more faith in animated projects other than Seth MacFarlane’s crew, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After all, “The Clevelend Show” got the axe and “American Dad” is moving so that leaves “Family Guy” as the only animated MacFarlane project at Fox, so why not give “Bordertown” a shot?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.