New “Flintstones” TV series emerges from Rubble

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The Flint­stones

Yabba dabba doo! Fox has picked up The Flint­stones, a 21st-century ver­sion of the clas­sic ani­mated com­edy from exec­u­tive pro­ducer Seth MacFarlane.

In a cross-studio col­lab­o­ra­tion, The Flint­stones will be pro­duced jointly by 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion and Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion. Warner Bros. is home to The Flint­stones (1960–1966) via its own­er­ship of the Hanna-Barbera col­lec­tion of ani­mated titles.

Dan Pal­ladino (Gilmore Girls) and Kara Val­low (Fam­ily Guy) will also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. The Flint­stones will begin pro­duc­tion this fall and will be set in stone on the Fox sched­ule in 2013.

The very first car­toon char­ac­ter I drew at age two was Fred Flint­stone,” Mac­Far­lane said Mon­day. “So it’s appro­pri­ate that events have come full cir­cle, allow­ing me to pro­duce the newest incar­na­tion of this great fran­chise. Plus, I think Amer­ica is finally ready for an ani­mated sit­com about a fat, stu­pid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”

The Flint­stones are among the fun­ni­est and most beloved char­ac­ters in tele­vi­sion his­tory, and we can’t wait to intro­duce them to a whole new gen­er­a­tion on Fox,” said Kevin Reilly, the Fox Broad­cast­ing Company’s pres­i­dent of enter­tain­ment. “Fox has long been home to iconic fam­i­lies like the Simp­sons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flint­stones and the Rub­bles are going to fit right in on our air.”

The (pre)historic return of The Flint­stones will fea­ture MacFarlane’s modern-day take on the lives of the Flint­stones and the Rub­bles, two hard-working middle-class fam­i­lies liv­ing with con­tem­po­rary con­ve­niences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock. The series cen­ters on hard-headed patri­arch Fred Flint­stone and best friend and side­kick Bar­ney Rub­ble. Fred’s Stone Age clan includes wife Wilma, daugh­ter Peb­bles and pet dinosaur Dino, while Barney’s brood con­sists of wife Betty and son Bamm-Bamm.

MacFarlane’s lineup of ani­mated series con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate Sun­day nights. Everyone’s favorite fam­i­lies from Qua­hog, Lan­g­ley Falls and Stool­bend will be back for more laughs as Fam­ily Guy, Amer­i­can Dad! and The Cleve­land Show were recently renewed for a 10th, sev­enth and fourth sea­sons, respectively.

The Flint­stones will be co-produced by 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion and Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion. Mac­Far­lane and Pal­ladino serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of the series and co-writers on the pilot. Val­low will serve as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on the series.

Voice actors for the series will be announced.

The Flint­stones and all related char­ac­ters and ele­ments are trade­marks of Hanna-Barbera.

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