Animation Domination

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Animation Domination
AnimationDomination2019.jpg
Logo for the 2019 incarnation
NetworkFox
LaunchedOriginal run: May 1, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-05-01)[1]
Second run: September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)[2]
ClosedOriginal run: September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)
Country of originUnited States
FormatAdult animation
Comedy
Sitcom
Official websitehttps://www.fox.com/animation-domination/

Animation Domination is an animated programming block which has aired in two iterations on the Fox broadcast network, featuring a lineup solely made up of adult animation produced by Walt Disney Television's 20th Century Fox Television division carried as a majority of, or the whole of, the network's Sunday evening schedule (outside of sports pre-emptions and early hour programming burn offs).[3]

It originally ran from May 1, 2005, until September 21, 2014, before returning on September 29, 2019.[2][4]

History[edit]

Original run[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).[5][6]

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Animation Domination block was replaced by the Sunday Funday block, with the addition of live-action comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which moved to Sunday night for its second season), freshman series Mulaney (which was canceled in early 2015), and, as of March 2015, the Will Forte sitcom, The Last Man on Earth. 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.

Return[edit]

The block returned on September 29, 2019, with previous AD series The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and the new series Bless the Harts.[2]

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Title Premiere date Note Time slot
The Simpsons May 1, 2005 Previously aired as part of Fox Sunday Night/Sunday Funday 8:00PM
Family Guy 9:30PM
Bob's Burgers January 9, 2011 9:00PM
Bless the Harts September 29, 2019 First season at 8:30PM between September 29 and December 15, 2019 and 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT on January 12, 2020 N/A
Duncanville February 16, 2020 Second season will debut in the 2021-22 television season 8:30PM

Upcoming programming[edit]

Title Premiere date Note Time slot
The Great North TBA TBA
Housebroken TBA First "Animation Domination" animated series to not be produced by 20th Century Fox Television TBA

Former programming[edit]

Title First aired Last aired Note
King of the Hill May 1, 2005 September 13, 2009
American Dad! September 21, 2014 Moved to TBS
Sit Down, Shut Up April 19, 2009 May 10, 2009
The Cleveland Show September 27, 2009 July 14, 2013
Allen Gregory October 30, 2011 December 18, 2011
Napoleon Dynamite January 15, 2012 March 4, 2012
Axe Cop July 21, 2013 Special preview/Aired on ADHD
High School USA!

Current line-up[edit]

2019/20[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM
Fox Fall Fox NFL The OT/Fox Encores The Simpsons Bless the Harts Bob's Burgers Family Guy
Winter The Simpsons (R) Bob's Burgers (R) Duncanville
Spring
Summer

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 ras a two-hour animated block on Thursday nights named "Animation Station" that was, for the most part, a domestic version of Animation Domination. Fox shows that were 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. With the closure of FOUR in 2016, the block was quietly ended.

In Canada, the block aired on the Global Television Network, which branded the lineup as "Animation Rules" with simultaneous substitutions for Canadian advertising. Throughout its run it was always followed by the drama Brothers and Sisters, which was a simsub of the ABC broadcast, except that from 2005 to 2006, it was followed by Crossing Jordan, which was a simsub of the NBC broadcast, because neither Brothers and Sisters was created, nor it was ready yet, And from 2011 To the Original Block's End In 2014, The Good Wife Followed It, which Was a Simsub of the CBS broadcast, Because Brothers and Sisters Finished airing its run.

As for the 2019 incarnation, in Canada, it was aired on Citytv, and it was followed by reruns of Mom.

Animation Domination High-Def[edit]

On January 8, 2013, Fox announced that it would launch an adult animation spin-off to its Sunday evening block called Animation Domination High-Definition.[7] It originally broadcast on Saturday evenings for 90 minutes from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. local time in most markets. It was 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. Some of its affiliates delayed the block by 30 minutes to an hour to run late evening newscasts (sports overruns occasionally caused further delays).

The last edition of ADHD on Fox aired on March 5, 2016, with the new Lonely Island sketch comedy series Party Over Here to premiere in the slot on March 12.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Animation Domination". tviv.org.
  2. ^ a b c "Animation Domination | PROMO | Returns This Fall! (+ Bless The Hearts Promo)" – via www.youtube.com.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 35. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael; Ausiello, Michael (June 24, 2019). "Fox Fall Premiere Dates: Empire's Final Season, XL Masked Singer and More".
  5. ^ Nancy Basile. "New Episodes on FOX's Animation Domination". About.com Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  6. ^ Nancy Basile. "New Episodes on FOX's Animation Domination". About.com Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  7. ^ "FOX FLASH - FOX PRIMETIME". foxflash.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2013.

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