Family Guy Neighbor Gets Own Show

Affable Cleveland Brown will step out on his own
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 1:58 PM CDT
Seth MacFarlane, writer, producer and creator of the "Family Guy" animated Fox series, joins thousands of Writers Guild of America (WGA) writers and others in the fifth day of their strike against the...   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Fox's hit cartoon Family Guy is spinning off a new show centered around Cleveland Brown—the soft-spoken neighbor to Peter Griffin. The Cleveland Show will debut in 2009, and follow a recently divorced Brown on a quest to his Virginia hometown, where he falls in love with an old flame.

"I felt he was a natural Bob Newhart—at the center of the storm, just trying to keep everyone else in line," says Mike Henry, the voice of Cleveland and co-creator of The Cleveland Show. Cleveland is the first product of a $100-million deal between Family Guy series creator Seth McFarlane and the Fox network.