Seth Green gets animated at Fox

Net also setting up dark comedy from Diane Ruggiero

The "Robot Chicken" gang is going primetime.

Fox has ordered a presentation and a script for an animated project from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Root that is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment.

Separately, Peter Chernin's company has set up at Fox a darkly comedic drama from writer Diane Ruggiero.

Green, Senreich and Root's project, which uses family life and a high school as backdrops for a wide cast of characters, "will have an aesthetic familiar to viewers of Fox's popular animated comedies," said Green, an original cast member on Fox's flagship animated comedy, "Family Guy."

That is a departure from the trio's previous efforts, Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" and "Titan Maximum," both of which are done in stop-motion animation.

"But (the Fox comedy) will still have the comedic sensibilities of our other shows," Root said.

Green and Senreich created and executive produce "Robot Chicken" via their Stoopid Monkey Prods., with Root as co-head writer and producer. The trio created "Titan Maximum," which debuted Sunday.

The deal was brokered by UTA, Koopman Management and attorneys David Weber and Allison Binder.

Described as being in the tone of "Shaun of the Dead," the Ruggiero project revolves around an estranged, dysfunctional group of siblings forced to live together in the family's haunted house after their father dies.

Ruggiero, creator of CBS' "That's Life" and "The Ex List," most recently executive produced ABC's "Cupid." She is repped by WME and Principato-Young.

The Green-produced animated comedy and Ruggiero's comedic drama join a diverse first-year slate at Chernin's company, run on the TV side by Katherine Pope. It also includes "Fallen," a vigilante drama from writer John Glenn, and a multicamera comedy by Bobby Bowman.

All four projects are set up at Fox, where Chernin Entertainment has several blind production commitments. It is not clear which shows would fall under any of them.
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