TCA Press Tour: MTV revives career of cult star-debauched puppet Warren the Ape


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Warren the Ape, longtime sidekick of Greg the Bunny, is happy someone’s finally giving him his due.

‘’Greg the Bunny’ in 1999? Canceled. ‘Greg the Bunny’ on Fox in 2002? Canceled. ‘Greg the Bunny.’ IFC. 2005. Canceled! So finally someone figured out the problem was the bunny, which I’ve been saying all along,’ Warren told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.


To help MTV move beyond reality shows, Warren, it seems, has been recruited to take MTV back to its subversive roots.

‘Warren the Ape,’ in fact, is a parody of reality shows, a behind-the-scenes peek revolving around a D-list, often-debauched, out-of-work celebrity puppet attempting to get back into Hollywood’s good graces.

As Warren put it, it’s ‘Breaking Bonaduce’ meets ‘The Muppet Show.’

‘If the Osbournes have taught me anything, it’s just that you have to be ready to embarrass yourself and good things come,’ the puppet said. ‘We [puppets] don’t just count to 10 in Spanish.... It’s not all ‘Cookies are a sometimes food.’’

And those Sesame Street puppets aren’t what they appear either. ‘They’ve been defanged and domesticated. Don’t go bringing your kids to set, those guys will go for the eyes.’

‘Warren the Ape,’ created by Sean Baker, Spencer Chinoy and Dan Milano, will premiere in June.
-- Denise Martin