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'Gay Robot' out as ani project

It looks as if Comedy Central and Sony Pictures Television might be powering up "Gay Robot" again but this time as an animated project, sources said. The project — from SPT and Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's production company, Happy Madison — was first ordered to pilot in 2005 as a scripted, live-action adaptation of a character featured on Sandler's comedy album "Shhh … Don't Tell." The title character (voiced by Nick Swardson, reprising his role from the album) is a robot who discovers after an unfortunate incident involving a wine cooler and his circuit boards that he is gay. After "Robot" didn't get picked up by the network, SPT made the pilot and clips from it available on such sites as MySpace (where Gay Robot has his own page), BitTorrent and Sony-owned Grouper. The project began generating a great deal of buzz online; Gay Robot even has more than 32,000 MySpace friends. Sources said the network and studio now are looking at redeveloping "Robot" as an animated project, but both parties declined comment. The original pilot, in which Gay Robot and his fraternity buddies try to find him a date for the homecoming dance, was written by Swardson and Tom Gianas, who both executive produced with Sandler, Giarraputo and Doug Robinson. (Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva)
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