Taking reality TV to different plane

Cartoon characters, from various genres, to share space

October 07, 2003|By Zap2it.com

They're not rude, antisocial, alcoholics all bickering and desperately trying to hook up with each other. They're just drawn that way.

Comedy Central has given a green light to what the network describes as "television's first animated reality series." Launching in October 2004, Drawn Together will answer the question of what happens when eight completely different cartoon characters from various genres and styles live together and have their lives filmed for the entire world to see.

"While very much a character driven comedy with a tendency toward melodramatic outbursts, some of the humor in Drawn Together will come from the viewers' familiarity with reality television and the show's ability to poke holes in the well-known conventions found in these shows," says Lauren Corrao, the cable network's development head.

"What makes the series so compelling is the use of familiar animated icons to inhabit the roles of the housemates and the opportunity to watch these familiar characters from different worlds interact together as they attempt to get along under one roof," she said.

The series, from Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser (Greg the Bunny), has been given an eight-episode order. Each episode will capture the "unscripted" and "real" antics of a group of mismatched animated characters.

There's "Ling-Ling," an adorable Asian trading card character, "Captain Hero," a Saturday morning cartoon protagonist, "Spanky Ham," a foul-mouthed Internet download pig and five other characters that will have viewers saying, "Hey, that looks a lot like ..."

Silverstein and Jeser, who also worked on Comedy Central's The Man Show, wrote the script and will be executive producers. Jordan Young (The Simpsons) assisted in the creation of the characters.

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