Animation Domination

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Animation Domination
Premiered May 1, 2005[1]
Channel Fox (US)
Global (Canada)
Origin United States
Format Animation
Adult animation
Adult comedy
Runtime Sunday: appx. 132 minutes w/o commercials

Animation Domination is an evening animated programming block airing on the Fox network in the United States and on the Global Television Network in Canada, which brands the lineup as "Animation Rules" with simultaneous substitutions for Canadian advertising. The block airs on Sunday evenings through the entirety of that night's Fox primetime schedule (unless preempted, usually by sports telecasts).

A spin-off late night block airing on Saturday nights, Animation Domination High-Def, was launched in July 2013 featuring shorter-form animated series and shorts aimed at an adult audience (similar in format to Adult Swim); that block was discontinued on June 28, 2014. Global did not carry Animation Domination High-Def during its run, airing instead local newscasts and Saturday Night Live.


Animation Domination debuted on Fox on May 1, 2005, in time for the last sweeps period of the 2004–05 television season. The first program to originate on the block was American Dad!, although its "pilot" aired as a Super Bowl lead-out program on February 6, 2005. Rounding out the Animation Domination lineup alongside American Dad! were The Simpsons (the longest-running cartoon on Fox and the network's first primetime animated series, which predated the lineup by 16 years), King of the Hill (which predated the lineup by eight years) and Family Guy (which predated the lineup by six years, and was revived as a series three years after its 2002 cancellation as a result of newfound popularity through reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup and sales of the first, second, and third season episodes on DVD).[2][3] Animation Domination is currently the only animated programming block on Fox, since the discontinuance of 4Kids TV in December 2008.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Animation Domination block brand is expected to be discontinued. Fox will add two live-action comedies, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which will move to Sunday night for its second season) and freshman series Mulaney, to Fox's Sunday night lineup, marking the first time that the network has regularly aired live-action comedies on Sundays (outside of burn-offs of failed weeknight series) since 2005.


Current programming[edit]

Upcoming programs[edit]

Former programs[edit]

International versions[edit]

International Fox-branded networks, such as Australia's Fox8, and the Fox cable networks in Italy, Bulgaria and Spain carry local versions of the block dubbed into local languages.

In New Zealand, FOUR runs a two-hour animated block on Thursday nights named "Animation Station" that is, for the most part, a domestic version of Animation Domination. Fox shows currently included in the Animation Station lineup are American Dad!, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy. Former Animation Domination shows have also been featured in this block, namely The Cleveland Show and King of the Hill, as well as former Fox cartoon Futurama.

Animation Domination High-Def[edit]

Animation Domination
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Premiered July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)
Channel Fox (television)
Hulu (Internet)
Origin United States
Format Adult animation
Adult comedy
Runtime 90 minutes (until August 31, 2013)[5]
60 minutes (September 7, 2013 onwards)
Official website

On January 8, 2013, Fox announced that it would launch a spin-off adult animation block – similar in format to Adult Swim – called Animation Domination High-Def[6] The block (alternately known as ADHD) ran Saturday late nights, originally airing for 90 minutes from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. local time in most markets – later reduced to 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on September 7, 2013 with the 12:00 a.m. half-hour being given back to its owned-and-operated stations and affiliates to carry other programming – with some affiliates delaying the block by 30 minutes to an hour to run late evening newscasts (sports overruns occasionally caused further delays).

Animation Domination High-Def was created to fill the first-run programming hole in Fox's Saturday late night schedule left by the 2010 cancellations of The Wanda Sykes Show (a short-lived satirical talk show that replaced MADtv the year prior) and Talkshow with Spike Feresten, with the 90-minute block being filled thereafter by reruns of the network's primetime series.[7][8] Fox Entertainment Group's president at the time, Kevin Reilly, announced the block would feature alternative programming, highlighting short films and extended film trailers in between the episodes.[9] Nick Weidenfeld, former development head at Adult Swim, was tapped to oversee the block.[10][11][12][13][14] The block uses various animated bumpers that were produced each week (in comparison to Adult Swim) with a new "Week In Review" piece that aired each Saturday.[15]

Weidenfeld stated in an interview with The New York Times that Animation Domination High-Def would celebrate "the paramount importance of youth and love and friendship and hanging out and being awesome -- not ironically awesome, just awesome." His intent was for the block to offer viewers new content with a significant lack of cynicism, which he believed contrasts his former employer (Williams Street, programmer of Adult Swim), which he stated is "not an optimistic channel."[16] Despite this, Weidenfeld allowed Cartoon Network/Adult Swim owner Turner Broadcasting System to purchase commercial time during the premiere night of ADHD (one ad aired at 11:30 p.m. with a Talking Heads reference stating that Adult Swim was first in the format, and the last ad aired at midnight congratulating the crew before the start of a rerun of The Cleveland Show).[17] Weidenfeld responded: "We love Adult Swim and we’re happy to receive both their attention and their ad dollars!" Fox executives were not made aware of the local ad buys, which was done without their knowledge.[17]

All content within the block – the animation for the programs themselves, bumpers and interstitial short films (some of which feature parodies of different characters) – were produced by Friends Night Studios at its offices on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Along with the short seasons offered for production approval (six to twelve episodes a year) and Fox's ownership of all content in the process, this setup was designed to reduce total costs and significantly shorten the turnaround time for most shows.[16] In addition to the Fox lineup, ADHD's programming is also available for streaming on a dedicated website ( and mobile app as well as through Hulu. All of the programs in the lineup were generally shown without commercial interruption, and with few exceptions, aired without editing. The High School USA! episode "Best Friends Forever" was released briefly on Hulu and not broadcast on Fox due to content issues with the network's standards and practices department.[citation needed]

On April 17, 2014, Broadcasting & Cable reported that Fox would discontinue Animation Domination High-Def after the June 28, 2014 broadcast of the block, citing an inability to reach the correct demographics during its Saturday late night timeslot – particularly as a result of college football games preempting ADHD. ADHD will shift its focus to digital-only content, however Friends Night will produce two half-hour series for the flagship Animation Domination Sunday primetime lineup to debut June 2015, and be "incubated" through the digital platforms.[18][19] Fox has not confirmed if it will retain ADHD's hour-long timeslot after the summer of 2014 or if it will turn the timeslot over to the network's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates to run other programming.


Former programs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Animation Domination - The TV IV
  2. ^ New "King of the Hill," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and "American Dad" Episodes
  3. ^ TBS's Animation Domination for May
  4. ^ Hinckley, David (May 13, 2013). "Fox announces 2013-14 fall schedule, which includes return of Kiefer Sutherland's '24'". Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fox Gives Saturday Midnight Slot To Affiliates
  7. ^ O'Connell, Michael (2012-01-08). "Fox Partnering With Adult Swim Alums to Launch Late-Night Animation Block". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  8. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Declares for Saturday Night Animation". Animation Insider. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Fox to extend Animation Domination to Saturday nights | — animated news". 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  10. ^ Max Nicholson. "FOX Launching Saturday Night Animation Block — TV News at IGN". IGN TV. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  11. ^ "FOX To Air Saturday Late-Night Animated Block With Four New Series Beginning January 2013 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". TV by the Numbers. 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Fox To Air Adult Cartoons On Saturday Nights | Flint's Rock Radio". Banana1015. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  13. ^ Harris, Bill. "Fox plans late-night animation on Saturdays | TV | Entertainment". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  14. ^ "‘Animation Domination High Def’ FOX’s New Alternative Animated Programming Block, to Premiere Saturday, July 27 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  15. ^ Adams, Erik. "Fox at the TCA winter press tour: Animation Domination High Definition brings cartoons to Saturday nights—and that’s as far as its gotten". AV Club. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon. "Fox's Experiment in Animated Living". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "Adult Swim Crashes Fox's 'Animation Domination High-Def' Premiere". Deadline: Hollywood. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Fox Plans Animation Domination HD for Primetime in 2015, Nixes Late Night". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Exclusive: Fox Scrapping Animation Domination HD Saturday Block". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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