Fox denies that Seth MacFarlane's 'Cleveland Show' is canceled

Maybe it's not farewell for Cleveland Brown after all.

Fox is denying a report that its "Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show" has been axed after four seasons.

While not saying anything on the record, Fox sources say the show -- about black patriarch Cleveland Brown and his family -- hasn't been canceled, although the network hasn't ordered any new episodes, either. It's possible that the show could go on hiatus for awhile as Fox focuses on "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers" and other animated shows for next season.

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It wouldn't be unprecedented for "Cleveland" to come back: Both "Family Guy" and "King of the Hill" were taken off the schedule and returned later.

The cancellation news came from a blog posting by Steve Hulett of the Animation Guild, a trade union associated with IATSE.

If Fox does stick with "Cleveland," it won't be due to the show's enormous audience. Last season, the series averaged fewer than 4 million total viewers and was No. 16 out of 19 shows on Fox, according to Nielsen.

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