The 'Chicken' strikes back


"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" is a go.

Days after the Adult Swim show landed a best animated series Emmy nomination for its "Star Wars" episode, the cable network is moving ahead with a sequel that will premiere Nov. 16.

"It doesn't even seem real — getting to make 'Star Wars' twice," said "Robot Chicken" co-creator Seth Green, who is set to direct the second "Star Wars"-themed episode after winning an Annie Award for helming the first.

Many members of the voice cast from the first special, including original "Star Wars" actors Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams — reprising their roles as Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian, respectively — are back. Also returning are Seth MacFarlane as Emperor Palpatine, Conan O'Brien as Zuckuss, Breckin Meyer as Admiral Ackbar and Boba Fett and Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks. Green will voice several characters, including Ponda Baba. Joining the voice cast this time is Andy Richter.

As for the creative direction of the sequel, "we decided to focus

on the bounty hunters a bit and explore their stories," "Chicken" co-creator Matt Senreich said. "It's a geek-fest for us all." (partialdiff)