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Exclusive: Drawn Together’s Matt Silverstein talks about the show and it’s fate.
January 7th, 2007 under Drawn Together, Interviews. [ Comments: 2 ]

As many of you know Comedy Central’s Drawn Together is one of my favorite shows. It is an animated reality show that makes me laugh my a$$ every episode. Seriously they push the envelope time and time again, whether it is a live sex-ed demonstration or masturbation techniques or a gay bash for one of the characters coming out or the effects of steroids on the male genitalia or Indian Casinos or racism in cartoons through the years and so much more. You never know who or what they are going to offend, but what you do know is they are going to have you laughing in hysterics.
So when I read on the Drawn Together fan page on MySpace that the show will most likely not be coming back for a fourth season, I was devastated. I want to save this show because it sincerely is so brilliantly wrong and there is not enough of that on TV today.
I decided to contact show creator Matt Silverstein to find out more about his inspiration for the show, is it coming back and can we do anything to save it? Here is what he had to say and his answers are just as funny as Drawn Together!!!

How did Dave Jeser and you come up with the idea for Drawn Together?

We were working on a crappy project that wasn’t going anywhere with a network that doesn’t even exist anymore. The show they had us working on didn’t have a strong premise or a real concept and we were getting sick of trying to mold this non-idea into something real. Finally one of us said, “This isn’t even an idea for a show. And idea for a show would be, like, doing an animated reality show.” Then we both started talking more and more about what an animated reality show would be like and thought we should write it up. Plus we both love cartoons and reality shows, so it seemed like the perfect show for us to develop. Anyhow, we emailed the idea for Drawn Together to our agent. Our agent said it sucked and he could never sell such a shitty idea. So it sat on my desktop for a year until we started telling other writers the idea and they all were said we should try to sell it. So we went behind our agent’s back and got some meetings set up and finally sold it.

How did you guys go from show writers to creators? How did you pitch DT to CC?

When we sold the show, we were running Crank Yankers for Jimmy Kimmel who left to do his late night talk show. Crank Yankers back then was on Comedy Central (it’s now going to be on MTV and I’ve seen the new ones and they are GREAT). That was our connection to Comedy Central. And before we pitched it to Comedy Central, we met a young animator for the Simpsons, Jordan Young. He wanted to get out of animating and start writing comedy. We told him if he drew the characters and helped us sell the show, we’d hire him to write. So he drew up some great characters and we brought those designs into Comedy Central and they let us write a pilot and make a short presentation tape. The presentation tape sucked but somehow we convinced them to pick up the show anyway. And we hired Jordan and he’s an amazingly funny writer.

How did you pick the characters? Was there any character that you wanted to parody that was not approved by Comedy Central?

To come up with the characters, we first started with our favorite reality television types. Like the Mormon girl from The Real World. She had been really sheltered her whole life and would say things like, “I never met a gay before.” And then we thought of the typical fairytale princess and how she too was locked away in a castle and not exposed to other cultures. So we paired them up. Betty Boop and Amy from Big Brother 4, Crass Internet Cartoons and Puck, Ling-Ling and… no one I guess. We just wanted one of those on the show. As far as parodies not approved by Comedy Central, there are many characters the legal department has asked us to stay away from – like Mr. Magoo and Roger Ramjet. I am not sure why. I guess some people are just more likely to sue, so we stay away from them.

Comedy Central says you are too dirty now, what has CC’s Broadcast and Standards said to you in the past?

Believe it or not, Broadcast Standards and the censors are our biggest supporters. They fought to make the show TVMA, so we could keep the dirtier material. We love them and love working with them. But the network is scared of the FCC. We’ve heard them worry, “If we don’t police ourselves, the FCC will! Then we can’t do any of this.” Plus the PTC has been sending letters to the advertisers and all that just makes it difficult to do the kind of show we’re doing.

What is something you got through B&S that you thought you wouldn’t? What are some of the things that you have not been able to get through? Did you ever say how the heck did we get that on?

I can’t believe we got Spanky’s growing erection (in the pilot) on the air. That was insane. We put that in assuming it would have to be blurred, or cut, but no one said anything. I am sure we wouldn’t be allowed to do that now. Comedy Central has changed since we started the show.

You actually have tackled some serious issues like coming out, sex-ed, steroid abuse, cutting, and masturbation in a responsible way through humor, how hard was that for you guys?

Hey, thanks for noticing! Most people say South Park tackles real issues, while Drawn Together is nothing but fart jokes. And, sure, that’s true a lot of the time, but we do try to satirize some issues that don’t involve farting. And those episodes, like Clum Babies, are usually our favorites. They’re also really fun to write because they are usually based on our own real life experiences. We do (or at least did) have a cutter on the staff. And one of our writer’s fathers tried to kill himself right before season three, and we thought that would be a great storyline for Ling-Ling and his dad. Plus Dave was molested.

What is your favorite episode or scene of DT?

The board of education musical number, the end of clum babies, and the montage of Captain Hero and his mother where he gets raped at a frat party. But my favorite episode overall has to be The Afterschool Special. Or the one where Toot gets the Alzheimer’s. Or Lost in Parking Space Part One. But Live Action Cow is the best episode if you’re stoned.

How long does it take to do an episode? When would be the latest that Comedy Central could tell you that you were picked up for a fourth season?

It takes us about 9 months to give birth to an episode because the animation is done traditionally, by hand. And according to our really, really shitty contract, Comedy Central must pick up season four no later than six months after the airdate of the very last episode. So that means they can wait until June 2008.

Has the second half of third season been completed and when will it air? Any spoilers?

The second half of the third season is almost all done. And Comedy Central is going to sit on them until October. So, sadly, you’ll have to wait to see how they (or who) escapes the parking lot, meet the Drawn Together Babies, hang out with a lot of cereal box characters, discover Hero’s arch nemesis, and watch Spanky’s fatal attraction with a spider in “Charoltte’s Web of Lies.” Oh and Ling-Ling is put into a foster home.

What has Comedy Central told you about the future of the show?

They are annoying. Despite solid ratings, strong selling DVD’s, lot’s of iTune purchases, and they have said that maybe if all their new shows fail, then we might come back.

What can the fans do to try to save the show? Do a Family Guy and buy a ton of DVDs? Send hair like Felicity? Tabasco sauce like Roswell? Water like Invasion? Put a Ferris Wheel near-by like Everwood? What?

Sadly, I don’t believe anything can be done. All I ask is that you cherish the time we had together.

What is next for Dave and you?

Unemployment. Have you seen this show? Who the hell is going to hire us now?!!? Seriously. We’re fucked.

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Sincerest thanks to Matt Silverstein for taking the time to answer my questions. I know we be seeing his twisted sense of humor on TV again soon!
Please tune into Comedy Central to watch the show and purchase the DVDs for yourself and all of friends! It worked for Family Guy, let’s try it for Drawn Together!!!


Let’s save Drawn Together
December 24th, 2006 under Comedy Central, Drawn Together. [ Comments: 1 ]


Drawn Together Season 4, Season 2 DVD, Season 3 Return Date

Alot of information was recieved from the E-Mails Matt (Creator) genorously sent out to the fans asking questions. Nothing is really looking good for the future of Drawn Together. Read the info provided to find out more. Thanks for the info Matt!

Season 3 Return Date

Season 3’s return date was somehow released as, at first March 21st, then February 28th. It’s not known how people came up with these dates. But the actual fact is that season 3 will return in October 2007. No final date is currently set. On November 15, 2006 Lost in Parking space aired. The mid-season break started and fans thought it would be a short one like the last one was. In season 2 Super Nanny aired as the half way mark on December 7th, 2005. It then returned with Terms of Endearment January 25th, 2006. It was nearly two months of a break. Now Drawn Together season 3 is set for an 11 month break. It’s not just that that is making people mad but it’s also that it is a two-part episode and part 2 of it is being shown 11 months later. This is not the fianl date. Comedy Central hasn’t officiall announced this. Thats what they just told Matt & Dave. But that is what it will be close to since thats what they told the creators.

Season 4

Season 4 of Drawn Together is very unlikely. Comedy Central told Matt & Dave that it was "too dirty and too expensive" for their network. Season 3 will continue in October, 2007 and based on popularity of the second half and the season 2 DVD release, going along with the airing of the second half of season 3, it may not happen. If season 3b and the season 2 DVD sales are popular then there is a better chance. Plus Matt stated that Comedy Central said that if they’re new shows "Naked Trucker" and "Halfway Home" are unsuccessful, that Drawn Together season 4 has a good shot. Naked Trucker began January 17, 2007 and it’s season will most likely be over by October. Comedy Central has time to think it over. Just cross your fingers!

Season 2 DVD

The season 2 DVD has had many release dates. They ranged from October, 2006 through Spring 2007. But really these are all incorrect. It’s quit obnoxious how Comedy Central is taking everything that has to do with Drawn Together. There will be a season 2 DVD. It just won’t be out until October, 2007. It was dated to be released along with the premier of season 3b, which airs in October, 2007 as well. What happened with the original idea for the release was that season 3 was set to air in January, 2007 but ended up airing in October, 2006. In October the DVDs weren’t ready so they had to cancel its release date. It is now set for realease in October, 2007 (and remember this isn’t false because it was said by Matt,  which was informed by Comedy Central). It doesn’t have a final release date but somewhere around October, just like season 3b’s air date. Matt said "We’ll try to get it sooner, but Comedy Central is being annoying" so they will try to get it out before October.

Drawn Together’s Fanpage on MySpace 

Drawn Together is one of the funniest shows on TV and we must save it! If you have not seen this show, I highly suggest you rent or better yet buy the DVD. This show is so wrong and so dirty, but that is what makes it so great! So if we start sending to message to Comedy Central now, maybe we can just save this show! Long live Drawn Together!!!


The Drawn Together creators are just as crazy as their show!
November 9th, 2006 under Comedy Central, Drawn Together. [ Comments: none ]

Drawn Together co-creator/producers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jesser made a bet to down a shot of ipecac just before going on Fox Reality Channel’s “Reality Rewind,” hosted by former MTV VJ Kennedy. Hilarity insues.
Comedy Central Insider
OMG that is one of the funniest things I have seen in a really long time! Those two are sick f()cks and I love them even more! Their show is so wrong and it is great to know that they are too!


Drawn Together is back tonight!!!
October 5th, 2006 under Comedy Central, Drawn Together. [ Comments: none ]

Drawn Together, the first reality TV cartoon is back tonight for it’s all new third season on Comedy Central at 10:30p! This is one of the wrongest shows on TV, but you will be laughing for weeks as you describe the wrong things they do on the show. If you are politically correct, do not watch this show. If you are not, this is a must watch!

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