MTV orders reality TV spoof

'Warren the Ape' centers on unemployed actor/puppet

MTV has ordered a scripted series about an unemployed actor who tries to reclaim fame by appearing on a celebrity reality show.

The show is "Warren the Ape," about a cankerous out-of-work actor -- who happens to be puppet -- who appeared on the sitcom "Greg the Bunny." Warren goes on a reality show (like those on MTV's sister network VH1) to improve his image.

MTV has ordered 12 episodes slated to air in 2010 from Spencer Chinoy, Sean Baker and Dan Milano (who also portrays Warren).

"Comedy consistently resonates with our audience and we are building a diverse slate that brings an MTV twist to the genre," said Tony DiSanto, president of programming, MTV. "'Warren the Ape' is a live action scripted comedy that tells the tale of an ape trying to revive a career in Hollywood by any means necessary. This show truly has a unique visual style and tone as well as a creator-driven voice that is fresh and exciting."