UPN has started to stock its midseason bench, ordering the CGI-animated laffer “Game Over.”
Project, from Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, follows the exploits of a family that lives in an alternate videogame universe (Daily Variety, Feb. 13). “Seinfeld’s” Patrick Warburton provides the voice of the show’s patriarch, Rip Smashenburn, while Marisa Tomei voices his wife, Raquel.
“This is the first time that a CGI-animated series will be in primetime,” said exec producer Tom Werner.
“Game” is populated by action heroes, monsters and characters similar to ones found in top videogames. Warburton’s character is a Grand Prix racecar driver, while Tomei’s fights evil when she’s not raising her kids (vet voiceover artists E.G. Daily and “Saturday Night Live” star Rachel Dratch).
Talking pet, Shaolin monks
Artie Lange will voice the family’s 300-pound talking pet, while Marie Matiko and June Sie have been cast as the Smashenburns’ next-door kung fu-fighting Shaolin monk neighbors.
Studio principals Werner, Marcy Carsey and Caryn Mandabach exec produce the show. Exec producers also include “3rd Rock from the Sun’s” David Sacks, David Goetsch and Jason Venokur, as well as “The Tick’s” Ross Venokur, all of whom are repped by CAA.
“Game Over” isn’t the only CGI sitcom in the cards, though it will likely be the first: NBC has given a 13-episode order to DreamWorks for “Father of the Pride,” a CGI toon about a family of white lions who perform with Siegfried & Roy (Daily Variety, April 14).