"Sound a little more defeated," the writers and producers instruct him.
Playing an evil ruler of a planet has its challenges -- more so when it's an animated character dubbed Turkey Turkey.
"What is this? Which network is this for?" McGee asks with a quizzical face once he's finished.
The show is called "Axe Cop," based on the Web comic about a stoic, mustached crime fighter who eats only birthday cake.
It's one of Fox's animated commissions that will be vying for attention on Saturday nights. Yes, Saturday nights.
The network long ago established a firm grip in the animation genre with its Sunday-night block of cartoons, propped by stalwarts "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy."
Now it's coloring a bit outside the lines, delving further into the circuit with a project it calls Animation Domination High-Def, or ADHD.
The outpost of programming aspires to serve as a destination for an audience of adolescents and young men who might rather spend their Saturday nights partying or playing "Metal Gear Rising."
Its slate of 10-to-12-minute off-kilter cartoons will air on TV's castaway night from 11 p.m. to midnight, a tricky slot ignored by most networks (and most viewers).
Showing its hipness, the experience won't stop at the remote. The shows will be supplemented with digital frills on the Internet (GIFs, animated shorts, user-adapted content), making the ADHD acronym all the more fitting.
"Axe Cop" premieres at 11 tonight on Fox followed by "High school USA!" at 11:15 p.m. Both are rated TV-14-DLSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14, with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language, sex and violence).
More Entertainment Headlines
Rock the Boat brings Mudhoney, beer and more to Everett Saturday New ‘Daily Show’ host says tenor will change, not targets 2:46 p.m. Catch some great music at Stanwood-Camano fair ‘Mission Impossible and Tom Cruise are starting to show their age Ex-‘Top Gear’ trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime Thursday’s highlights on TV Paul Allen lures tech billionaires to Seattle Art Fair Tired jokes bog down latest ‘Vacation’ offering
Our to-do list full of ideas for your weekend
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.