Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Governator’ officially a no-go

May 20, 2011 | 12:40 p.m.

governator4 Arnold Schwarzeneggers Governator officially a no goArnold Schwarzenegger’s animated television series “The Governator” has become the latest victim of the former governor’s fathering a child outside his marriage to Maria Shriver. The producers of the cartoon casting Schwarzenegger as himself — a superhero who must balance crime fighting with family duties — said Friday that they have pulled the plug on the planned series.

“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production,” A Squared said in a statement referring to the various entities that were developing and producing “The Governator” and publishing a comic book based on the series. The producers had been selling broadcast rights to the series before the scandal broke, but no episodes have yet been shown on television.

A Squared said it made its decision after Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he was putting his upcoming movie projects, including “Cry Macho” and a “Terminator” sequel, on hold to focus on his personal life. But a person who works at A Squared, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak for the production company, said the show’s makers made the decision Thursday morning, before Schwarzenegger’s announcement.

According to a confidential outline for the show obtained by The Times, “The Governator” cast Schwarzenegger as a superhero who “leads a double life” that includes being “a devoted family man” who “has to remember his anniversary, his kids’ birthdays” in subplots that are “milked for comedy, tension and conflict.”

The Times reported Tuesday that the 63-year-old Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years had separated after he disclosed to her that he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of his household staff.

— John Horn


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8 Responses to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Governator’ officially a no-go

  1. Sam says:

    Good call. Anything having to do with this lying SOB is tainted now.

  2. Miffy says:

    They should do a cartoon where he gets two women pregnant at the same time. Kind of like "Micki and Maude".

  3. Mario500 says:

    Even though this series was a work of fiction, the producers were probably afraid of how viewers and listeners would react to how the series would conflict with the reality it is based upon. The decision to end production was an unfortunate one and it should have disappointed many folks involved.

  4. jparchery02 says:

    not to worry Arnold we hear there will soon be an opining at …cnn

  5. nerdherd says:

    This is why cartoons based real people are pretty much doomed. Not everyone is going to as stupid as Ahhnold, but name one that has been successfull. Which is why Jay-z and adult swim is a pending disaster if the toon has anything to do with his personality.

  6. tlwinslow says:

    How about "The 1001 Love Children of Emperor Ahnuld I"? :)

    Scope Ahnuld's past free with the Historyscoper:

  7. BostonSob says:

    Jay-Z was already in an animated series. Wasn't he one of the Cosby Kids in the Fat Albert cartoon?

    He a cartoon come to life. Foxy Brown could have done much better with a Cabbage Patch kid.

  8. josh peters says:

    Arnold may have had his fun,but he might end up paying one hell of a price for it and his days of glory could be over

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