Fortune is shining on Hanford native James Garland “J.G.” Quintel, the creator and star of the hit animated series “Regular Show.” The Hanford High graduate, who now lives in Burbank, is currently preparing to head to the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards to possibly collect his second award for his work on the show.
This is the third time Quintel has been nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program. Last year, he had his first win in the category.
“The whole Emmy thing was a very surreal experience,” he said. “Winning was an incredible feeling.”
“Regular Show,” which airs on Cartoon Network, follows the misadventures of two 23-year-old friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby. Both are employed as groundskeepers at a park and spend their days trying to slack off and entertain themselves by any means. Quintel is the writer and director of the show and is also the voice of Mordecai.
“I love what I do and I am grateful for that,” Quintel said. “I am living my dream and hope to continue doing so. I would hate for this to ever feel like a ‘job.’”
Quintel said he’s been amazed at how quickly his show has become a pop culture phenomenon. There are T-shirts and toys from the series on store shelves everywhere, and soon there will be a video game.
“I’m very excited about a video game we having coming out for (Nintendo) 3DS; that’s going to be awesome,” he said. “The ‘Regular Show’ comic books came out earlier this year. It’s kind of crazy to think about.”
“Regular Show” is heading into its fifth season. The first two seasons are currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Channel 47 Sunday at 5 p.m.
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