Seth Green Celebrates a Robot Chicken Landmark
Adult Swim's stop-motion hit Robot Chicken — winner of four Emmy Awards — will air its 100th episode Sunday night (11:30/10:30c, Cartoon Network), an event that leaves its cocreator Seth Green a bit flummoxed. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the actor, writer, producer — and now studio chief! — about reaching this unexpected anniversary.
TV Guide Magazine: One hundred episodes? How the hell did that happen?
Green: I ask myself the same question! [Laughs] It's kind of shocking, really. Not in my craziest dreams did I see Robot Chicken lasting. It's just a dopey little show starring action figures that I make with my friends because we think it's funny.
TV Guide Magazine: And now it has launched an empire! You and your Robot Chicken producing partner Matt Senreich have started your own stop-motion animation studio, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
Green: People think we're nuts because [stop motion] is the most time-consuming and arduous kind of animation there is. We're working on this series 11 months out of the year! I'll run into Mark Wahlberg, who's producing all these huge TV shows these days, and see that he's still got time to go to the gym. His skin looks great. He's taking care of himself. I'm like, "What the hell am I doing?" But what can I say? We love this silly cartoon. It's very satisfying.
TV Guide Magazine: Your 100th episode not only shows us what a guy-friendly Sex and the City movie sequel would be like — complete with gun battles, explosions and a decapitation — but you also finally do a story about the damn chicken!
Green: Look, that chicken was a crazy accident. Adult Swim didn't like any of the titles we submitted — we wanted to call the show A.D.D. TV — so we sent them the name Robot Chicken, which was one of the dishes at the Chinese restaurant we always ordered from when we were sitting around in my old apartment creating the show. And they loved it! Then suddenly we're, like, "Oh, s--t. Now we have to create a chicken." So we came up with an opening that has this bionic chicken who is forced to watch our show by a mad scientist. Now, five seasons into the series, we're going to find out what the f--k's up with that chicken.
TV Guide Magazine: You also sold a series concept called Secret Cabinet to ABC, about a covert team of brainiacs who help the U.S. President protect our nation from weird occurrences. Sounds cool. What's the status there?
Green: I'm so excited about that one. I'm working with Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci and Michael Doughtery. We're writing it right now. Hopefully, we'll get to shoot it.
TV Guide Magazine: So are you all about being a mogul these days? What happened to your acting career?
Green: Well, now, hold on. I did shoot two movies last summer — Sexy Evil Genius, which is a dating comedy with our Robot Chicken regulars Michelle Trachtenberg and Katee Sackhoff, and The Story of Luke, which is about an autistic boy whose primary caregiver dies and he has to figure out how to fend for himself. You're not going to like me in that one. I play the kid's advisor at the company where he works who hates autistic people.
TV Guide Magazine: Who's worse? That guy or the jerk-ass version of Seth Green you played on Entourage?
Green: They're a different kind of horrible!
TV Guide Magazine: What's the word on the animated Star Wars comedy series you're developing with George Lucas?
Green: You know I can't talk about that. I can't say anything! [Laughs] You know George. He wants total artistic control over his product and doesn't want anyone else to weigh in from a point of view he doesn't feel is germane to the process. He doesn't want any of that.
TV Guide Magazine: Surely, you can say something. Is it looking good? Will it see the light of day?
Green: I feel really good about it but don't want to overstate that. It's a weird thing. We're being very attentive to the fans and what they do and don't want to see. There's a lot of responsibility playing in the Star Wars arena, especially when you're having fun with it. It's one of those precious things that's embedded in our culture, so there are a lot of opinions to consider. All we're trying to do is make an awesome show. It'll never be bulletproof, but we want to make it as great as we can.
TV Guide Magazine: I love your life.
Green: [Laughs] I'm trying to live the hell out of it!
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