Seth MacFarlane is taking on immigration and the undergoing cultural shift in America. Seriously. With American Dad! moving to TBS and The Cleveland Show quietly getting cancelled, MacFarlane‘s animated presence on Fox had gone down to one show, flagship Family Guy. It will now be joined by a new animated comedy series next season, as Fox has given a 13-episode order to Bordertown, from MacFarlane and Family Guy‘s Mark Hentemann. Set in a fictitious desert town near the U.S.-Mexico border, Bordertown centers on the intertwining daily lives of neighbors Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzales. Bud, a married father of three, is a Border Patrol agent who feels threatened by the cultural changes that have transformed his neighborhood. Living next door is Ernesto, an industrious Mexican immigrant and father of four, who is proud to be making it in America. As Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their families become bound by friendship, romance and conflict. Judging by MacFarlane’s track record, the series is sure to skewer Southern and Mexican immigrant stereotypes with a ton of offensive jokes.
Bordertown is created and written by Hentemann, who will executive produce along with MacFarlane. Alex Carter (Family Guy) and Dan Vebber (American Dad!) serve as co-executive producers. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Fox was needing another animated comedy series to replace American Dad! on the schedule next season as the network scrapped its midseason animated comedy Murder Police. Bordertown will join Family Guy and recently renewed The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane also has live-action comedy Dads and the upcoming Cosmos follow-up on Fox.