New “Flintstones” TV series emerges from Rubble

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The Flintstones

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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