The Guys Behind "The Cleveland Show" Talk with Derek James
FOX News Rising anchor Derek James talks with Mike Henry and Rich Appel of "The Cleveland Show."
HOLLYWOOD, CA - Cleveland Brown, Peter Griffin's next door neighbor on "Family Guy" may not have seemed like the obvious character for a spin-off show but producers Mike Henry and Rich Appel say it was an obvious choice.
"I think a lot because of Mike's performance, a lot because Cleveland is a different type than Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson and you can still create a world for him. He wasn't known for just one or two jokes on Family Guy and a lot of the best characters on Family Guy and The Simpsons are," explains Co-creator/Executive Producer Rich Appel.
Cleveland's unique voice comes someone Co-creator/Executive Producer and Cleveland voice Mike Henry hung out with back home.
"Well, Cleveland came from a guy that I played basketball with once in Virginia who said he was from Maryland and that was right when Family Guy started and in the writers room I would imitate this guy talking about very much and Maryland and all that," says Henry.
This season "The Cleveland Show" will also be invaded by a number of guest stars which allows producers to play against Cleveland's sweet, subtle side.
"Rosie Perez plays a neighbor who lives across the street and for a bunch of reasons Cleveland bugs the heck out of her. So she can get away with a lot of shots and then Cleveland can kind of fight back," says Appel.
With Major League Baseball playoffs underway, "The Cleveland Show" has a baseball episode coming up.
"We've got Joey Votto reigning MVP, we have Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, David Ortiz and Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies," say Henry.
"The Cleveland Show" crew also has a Special christmas episode tribute to the movie "Die Hard," with who else but Cleveland in the Bruce Willis role.