The Annoying Orange‘s success in both the web series and TV formats is beginning to pay some big-time dividends. After seeing strong ratings and an Emmy nomination, the Annoying Orange Cartoon Network TV show will air a ‘generic holiday special’ on the night of November 26 featuring four well-known guest stars.
Glam rockers Alice Cooper and Bret Michaels will appear along with Today correspondent Maria Menounos and spoof musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. We can only guess that, as with previous Annoying Orange holiday installments, our intrepid fruity heroes will learn the meaning of the holiday spirit. They will probably make a bunch of puns along the way.
The four featured guests are the latest in a long line of high-profile celebrities who have appeared on the Cartoon Network program. Previous guests have included Malcolm McDowell, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, and Tim Curry, among many others. In addition, several big names in the online video world, such as Felicia Day, iJustine, and Toby Turner, have had regular roles on the series.
Out of all of this episode’s guest stars, the least surprising is Yankovic, who has carved out a nice little space for himself in the online video industry. In addition to guest roles on several web series (such as Speakeasy and 5 Second Films), Yankovic has also hosted Face to Face, a 10-part interview series on Nerdist that showcases the entertainer’s zany style.
Whether you’re a fan of Annoying Orange or not, its holiday special is just another example of how the best way to ensure big-name guests will come on your program is to have it migrate to TV. Sounds easy enough to me.