Animation Domination

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Animation Domination
Premiered May 1, 2005[1]
Network Fox (US)
Global (Canada)
Country of origin United States
Format Animation
Comedy
Adult animation
Adult comedy
Running time Sunday: appx. 132 minutes w/o commercials

Animation Domination is an animated programming block which originally aired from 2005 until 2014 on the Fox network in the United States and on the Global Television Network in Canada which branded the lineup as "Animation Rules" with simultaneous substitutions for Canadian advertising. The block aired 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 aired 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.

History[edit]

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 the last animated programming block on Fox.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Animation Domination block was replaced with Sunday Funday with the addition of the two live-action comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which moved to Sunday night for its second season) and freshman series Mulaney, both of which are produced by Universal Television. This marks the first time that the network has regularly aired live-action comedies on Sundays (outside of burn-offs of failed weeknight series) since 2005.

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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 High-Def is a broadcast television block seen on the Fox network. On January 8, 2013 Fox announced that it would launch a adult animation spin-off to its Sunday evening Animation Domination animation block called Animation Domination High-Definition (FOX ADHD for short.) to be broadcast on Saturday evenings.[5] 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).

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