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Exclusive First Look: 'The Cleveland Show'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 15th 2009 12:30PM
The Cleveland Show'Family Guy' fans have probably already heard that one of Quahog's funniest residents is moving. This fall, Cleveland Brown is packing up his stuff, closing up shop at the deli, taking Cleveland Jr. back from Loretta and starting a new life ... and his own show.

Reunited with his high school sweetheart Donna -- and her two sassy kids -- Cleveland heads back to his hometown in Virginia for some new adventures. It's like a wholesome family comedy, only animated ... and not really that wholesome. And, as the theme song reveals, "there's old friends and new friends and even a bear." Sounds good to us.

AOL TV got a very early exclusive sneak peek at 'The Cleveland Show' when we were treated to a table read of one hilarious episode. Curious about the show? Wondering about Cleveland's new family and friends? Just want to promote anything that gives that sweet, slow-talking teddy bear more airtime? Keep reading to get the full scoop. -- By Maggie Furlong

Also, don't forget to check back in a few months for an exclusive video interview with creators Mike Henry (the voice of Cleveland, and so many others) and Rich Appel.


'Family Guy' fans have probably already heard that one of Quahog's funniest residents is moving. This fall, Cleveland Brown is packing up his stuff, closing up shop at the deli, taking Cleveland Jr. back from Loretta and starting a new life ... and his own show.

Reunited with his high school sweetheart Donna -- and her two sassy kids -- Cleveland heads back to his hometown in Virginia for some new adventures. It's like a wholesome family comedy, only animated ... and not really that wholesome. And, as the theme song reveals, "there's old friends and new friends and even a bear." Sounds good to us.

AOL TV got a very early exclusive sneak peek at 'The Cleveland Show' when we were treated to a table read of one hilarious episode. Curious about the show? Wondering about Cleveland's new family and friends? Just want to promote anything that gives that sweet, slow-talking teddy bear more airtime? Keep reading to get the full scoop. -- By Maggie Furlong

The Cleveland Show' Behind the Scenes

    'Family Guy' fans have probably already heard that one of Quahog's funniest residents is moving. This fall, Cleveland Brown is packing up his stuff, closing up shop at the deli, taking Cleveland Jr. back from Loretta and starting a new life ... and his own show.

    Reunited with his high school sweetheart Donna -- and her two sassy kids -- Cleveland heads back to his hometown in Virginia for some new adventures. It's like a wholesome family comedy, only animated ... and not really that wholesome. And, as the theme song reveals, "there's old friends and new friends and even a bear." Sounds good to us.

    AOL TV got a very early exclusive sneak peek at 'The Cleveland Show' when we were treated to a table read of one hilarious episode. Curious about the show? Wondering about Cleveland's new family and friends? Just want to promote anything that gives that sweet, slow-talking teddy bear more airtime? Keep reading to get the full scoop. -- By Maggie Furlong

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    Diversity on TV

    Cleveland's the token black guy no more -- Virginia seems to be much more diverse than Rhode Island. In his new home, the new leading man is surrounded by his animated African-American family, as well as some hillbillies, a few Brits and a couple of very human-like bears. You know the old tourism slogan: Virginia Is for Racial- (and Species-) Diversity Lovers.



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    Another Family Guy

    Cleveland has been flying solo ever since he divorced Loretta (thanks to her affair with Quagmire) and she took Cleveland Jr., but how fun is watching one single animated guy? Enter Cleveland's new built-in family: wife Donna (voiced by Sanaa Lathan) and her two kids from a previous marriage, teenage daughter Roberta (Reagan Gomez) and 5-year-old son Rallo (Mike Henry, who also voices Cleveland). Plus, Cleveland Jr. is back -- and bigger than ever (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson).



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    But Not Another 'Family Guy'

    Don't expect the exact same formula and jokes as 'Family Guy' -- although Seth MacFarlane is one of the creators, co-creators Mike Henry and Rich Appel promise that the show is more about the family dynamic, and the comedy that comes from that, than it is about random asides or pop culture references. In fact, celebrities are somewhat safe since the show is nearly spoof-free. Well, unless you're Kevin Federline, that is.



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    Celebrity Endorsements

    You've no doubt heard the buzz about Kanye West loving the 'Family Guy' character and wanting to get involved with the new show -- Kanye will be lending his pipes to a not-so-famous young rapper, Kenny West, and another fan, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, will voice the school hottie, Chanel, in an episode slated for the end of the first season in 2010.



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    Rocking the Show

    You're not alone, Kanye -- there are some other musical shining stars to note. The day we visited, a few members of legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire were in the front row for the table read -- including energetic and eclectically styled bassist Verdine White. We wonder if the guys are cooking something up for the show ...



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    Familiar Voices

    There are more than a few recognizable voices on 'Cleveland,' but you might not know them just by watching. 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' funnyman Glenn Howerton will use his acting chops to voice multiple recurring characters throughout the series. And if you're thinking that Arianna the Bear sounds a lot like heavily accented political commentator Arianna Huffington, you're absolutely right.



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    Slam Dunk

    We don't want to give too much away, but we will say that we got an early look at a laugh-out-loud musical number. One surprise guest star in his imagined video? Ex-Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippin, who complains that players' salaries weren't nearly as good as they are now.



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