You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MTV goes ‘Ape’ for puppets

Network greenlights 'Grey the Bunny' spinoff

MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch.

“Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood career after “Bunny” was canceled. Given a 12-episode order, series will be a mock celeb-reality show.

“We’re kind of making fun of ourselves a little bit at MTV,” said East Coast senior veep of series development Brent Haynes. The idea is that Warren “has fallen so far from grace, all he can get is an MTV reality show.”

Production has begun on the spinoff, which was ordered based not on a formal pilot but footage that was shot for series consideration and won’t air.

“I immediately loved the idea,” Haynes said. “We just gave them a bit of money and sent them out in the field, (to) give us an idea of what the concept would be. They came back and delivered a short piece that blew us away.”

IFC aired a series of “Bunny” shorts before Fox ordered 13 episodes as a sitcom to air in 2002. Canceled after one season, “Bunny” returned to IFC in various formats. The show’s creators broached the spinoff idea this year.

Other exec producers for the series are George Plamondon and Betsy Schechter for Picture Shack Entertainment and Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri for Freestyle. Seth Green, featured in “Bunny,” might make cameo appearances in “Warren” but is not directly involved in the production, Haynes said.

On a mission to boost its live-action scripted slate, MTV has most recently moved forward on “Hard Times,” about a 15-year-old late-blooming high school student, along with selected film projects that could serve as backdoor pilots.

More TV

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    'Dirk Gently' Star Samuel Barnett on High Fantasy and Season 2

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

  • Disney-ABC TV Chief on Weinstein's Victims,

    Disney-ABC TV Chief Ben Sherwood on Weinstein's Victims, Shonda Rhimes' Exit

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

  • Bill OReilly Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment

    Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes Still Loom Over Fox's Business (Analysis)

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

  • RuPaul

    RuPaul Reveals the Queens Competing in 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 3

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

  • Donald Trump

    SAG-AFTRA Supports 'Unencumbered Press' After Trump's License Revocation Threat

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

  • Brent Briscoe Dead: 'Twin Peaks' and

    Brent Briscoe, 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' Actor, Dies at 56

    MTV has greenlit puppet-populated project “Warren the Ape,” a spinoff of erstwhile Fox and IFC series “Greg the Bunny,” for a 2010 launch. “Bunny” creators Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano will exec produce “Warren,” with Milano performing as the lead puppet character, a brash, out-of-work actor who is trying to revive his Hollywood […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content