'Drawn Together' Creators Feel Show's Future is Bleak
'Drawn Together' Creators Feel Show's Future is Bleak
While Comedy Central has yet to decide whether the animated series Drawn Together will be renewed for another run, creators Dave Jeser and Matthew Silverstein have already resigned themselves to the possibility that the show's third and current season is its last.

"The show has been off the air for over a year now.  The last time [it was on], it was seven episodes split over two different nights," Jeser told the Knoxville News Sentinel.  "You know at this point what's going to happen.

He added, "It's a little sad, a little frustrating."

Drawn Together, an animated series featuring eight character parodies living under one roof as part of a fictional reality competition, debuted on Comedy Central in 2004.  The show has failed to become a certified hit, despite having been introduced amidst the reality television craze.  While the show has a small but loyal fan base, it lacks large commercial deals that could help boost its standing among viewers and the network.

The first part of the show's third season concluded last November, but the show returned to continue its junior year only early this month.  Only a few episodes are left for airing, but should the network decide to renew Drawn Together, it is unlikely Jeser and Silverstein will be involved, as they are in the middle of developing a new animated series (Mothballs) and a live-action series for FOX.

Understandably, the two are having a difficult time with letting go of the show.

"You know what?  This is our baby," Silverstein said, "and our baby has been a disappointment since the day we had it.  Four years and only 28 episodes?  Family Guy does that many in a season."

Despite their resignation, Jeser and Silverstein do see a tiny ray of hope that may spell salvation for their series. FOX's Family Guy was brought back from cancellation by the network after the show found an audience in DVD Sales and Cartoon Network reruns. Meanwhile, Matt Groening's Futurama, the revived animated series set in the future, is scheduled to return to the small screen early next year.

"Animated shows keep coming back from the dead," Jeser said.  "We both feel like there will be more Drawn Together somehow."

Drawn Together airs Thursday nights at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
(Image Courtesy of Comedy Central)