This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, FOX has been strong with its “Animation Domination” block on Sunday nights thanks in most part to Family Guy. Now, a spinoff has come with The Cleveland Show…
THE CLEVELAND SHOW is a new animated series that follows everyone’s favorite soft-spoken neighbor, CLEVELAND BROWN (Mike Henry), to his hometown in Virginia as he settles down with his high school sweetheart, her unruly kids and his own 14-year-old son, CLEVELAND JR. (Kevin Michael Richardson). Many years ago, Cleveland was a high school student madly in love with a beautiful girl named DONNA (Sanaa Lathan). Much to his dismay, his love went unrequited, and Donna wound up marrying another man. Cleveland once told Donna he would always love her, and if this man ever done her wrong, he’d be there when she called. Well, this man done her wrong. Donna’s husband ran off, leaving Donna with a teenage daughter and a young son. Now she’s open to Cleveland and has offered him another chance at love. Unattached after the Loretta-Quagmire debacle and true to his word, Cleveland joyously reunites with Donna, and he and Cleveland Jr. move to Virginia to join their new family. Once in Virginia, there are a few surprises in store for Cleveland, including ROBERTA (Reagan Gomez-Preston), a rebellious new stepdaughter; RALLO (Henry), his new 5-year-old stepson who loves the ladies; and a collection of neighbors that includes a loudmouth redneck, LESTER (Richardson); a hipster wanna-be, HOLT (guest voice Jason Sudeikis); and a religious pair of talking bears, TIM (Seth MacFarlane) and his wife ARIANNA (guest voice Arianna Huffington).
The Good: I will say that the voices in this new animation entry are every eclectic but in a great way. Arianna Huffington, really, but you can beat that one. Kevin Michael Richardson and Mike Henry are funny with the tones they take in the pilot. Let me say that I do not watch FOX Sundays, or Family Guy so I am fresh eyes to this world, having said that….
The Not So Good: I am just that big of a fan, the show did have a few laughs and the characters were fun but I did not feel a connection to the world or the characters. This might be something I check on a lazy Saturday on Hulu or when Desperate Housewives is on repeat, but it just not my thing.
Plus, I still do not get why this was even created or given a second season. What is the need for FOX, I would have said keep King of the Hill which was actually something I caught on repeats from time-to-time. Too bad.
The Cleveland Show enters FOX Sunday on September 27th at 8:30/7:30c