'Dads' Giovanni Ribisi: Seth MacFarlane 'is someone who lets you contribute'

giovanni-ribisi-dads-newscom-325.jpgEarly controversy notwithstanding, Giovanni Ribisi is ready to be one of television's "Dads."

The veteran of many movies returns to the home screen Tuesday, Sept. 17, on FOX's new sitcom that casts him and Seth Green as video-game creators with mixed feelings about taking in their fathers ( Martin Mull, Peter Riegert).

Some groups are protesting the show's humor, particularly ethnic aspects involving co-star Brenda Song's character, but Ribisi - who also worked with executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild on last year's hit movie "Ted" -- is resolute in his belief in the series.

"He's someone who lets you contribute, with no questions asked," Ribisi tells  Zap2it of re-teaming with MacFarlane. "I think he really tries to surround himself with people he really likes, then everybody's making the project together.

"We were doing (the forthcoming, MacFarlane-directed movie) 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' and he sent me a text: 'Hey, would you like to do a TV show?' I took about three minutes to digest that, then I was like, 'Sure. Let's do it.' "

Ribisi and series television aren't strangers, dating back to his co-starring roles in the "Leave It to Beaver" update "Still the Beaver" and "My Two Dads" in the 1980s.

He claims that making the commitment to weekly work again now is "not necessarily just about the relationships on screen. It's more about the relationships off screen. The group you're working with is like your tribe suddenly, and it can go for a long time.

"My mind just did the math on that, pragmatically," Ribisi adds, "and on doing that with my life. It was a decision on that level. It just seemed to make sense to me, and it felt like the time to dive in."
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