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Fisch is ready for his close-up

Mar 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Game Over, the first network prime-time CGI-animated comedy, which premieres March 10 on UPN, is about a family living in an alternative universe full of offbeat characters, action heroes, monsters, zombies and tomb raiders, shown in the screen grabs at lower left, all inspired by video games. Not all the characters are on-screen. Some can be found playing video games in the production office set up by Carsey-Werner-Mandabach. The guy circled in the photo at left is Fisch, who worked full-time for free playing video games the entire time the first six episodes were being produced. A producer’s assistant met Fisch at a party, learned that he was unemployed and an avid video game player and invited him to play games at the office. He immediately became a fixture, commanding a prime center seat in front of the big-screen TV. “If you play video games with him you have to sit in the beanbags on either side [of the chaise lounge],” said executive producer Ross Venokur. “He won’t sit in the beanbags. When [studio owner] Caryn Mandabach came over to play video games with him she sat in the beanbag. Fisch moves for no one.” He also turned into a baby sitter when execs’ kids stopped by, a pseudo-technical consultant and an author of a blog on the show’s Web site, www.gameover.tv. If the show is a success, Fisch may reach cult status. “He’s incredibly ready to become extremely famous,” said executive producer David Goetsch. Added Mr. Venokur, “He has an amazing sense of entitlement, which is really nice.”