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MacFarlane To Spinoff Cleveland Brown Character

FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane, Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are developing a spinoff centered around Peter Griffin's neighbor Cleveland Brown, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports.

MacFarlane, Mike Henry (the voice of Cleveland) and writer-producer of FAMILY GUY and THE SIMPSONS alum Rich Appel (also executive producer and showrunner for MacFarlane's other Fox animated comedy AMERICAN DAD) are writing the project.

Accident-prone Cleveland plays off black stereotypes but is the most levelheaded among Griffin's three friends.

Fox is attempting to find another hit comedy for their Sunday night lineup. Other projects in the work include an animated version of THE PITTS from SIMPSONS vet Mike Scully, RELATIVE INSANITY from executive producer Jack Black and MOTHBALLS from Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser (DRAWN TOGETHER creators).

FAMILY GUY went from a canceled has-been show to a mega-hit in 2005, growing to a $1 billion franchise with lucrative DVD and merchandise sales.