NEW YORK - Seth Green promises his new Web series "Control TV" isn't a Dr. Evil kind of thing.
"Control TV," which launched earlier this month, is a new reality Web series billing itself as "a real life 'Truman Show.'" Like the Jim Carrey movie, Tristan Couvares will have cameras following him all day long, but with "Control TV," viewers on the Web vote to make Couvares' decisions.
It may sound slightly dystopic, but Green, who is producing the show with Matthew Senreich, says "Control TV" is "part entertainment and part vicarious improvement of another human being."
"It's not Gerard Butler in 'Gamer,' it's not 'The Running Man,"' Green says, referring to two films where lives are sacrificed for entertainment. "We're doing something a little less malicious than that."
Instead, Green sees the show as a chance for an uncertain, 25-year-old man to be propelled by the Web-watching masses. In his view, the Internet can be a benevolent god.
"We're going to guide it so that none of the decisions are really detrimental to him," says Green. "It could be as simple as putting him in funny clothes when he goes to a job interview or insisting that he has a hidden agenda when he speaks to a girl for the first time, or whether he's going to eat oatmeal or an English muffin to start his day."
Viewers, who can follow at http://controlTV.com and sign up for cell phone alerts, will get the opportunity to decide things for Couvares approximately 10 to 15 times per day. Voting will be for multiple choice options - A, B or C - which means Couvares won't be forced to do anything the show's producers haven't already prepared.
"Based on what his life starts to become, we're going to have to adapt as producers," says Senreich, who co-created the Adult Swim animated series "Robot Chicken" with Green, who has appeared in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Austin Powers."
Couvares, who was chosen from many applicants, will be streamed live 24 hours a day. A webisode will also run daily summarizing each day's events.
In his audition tape, Couvares said he grew up in Manchester, Conn., and moved to Los Angeles about two years ago.
"At the end of the day, if I'm in a situation, I'm going to know what makes good TV," he says. "I'm going to know what's going to be funny, what people are going to want to see. That's what I bring to the table."
"It isn't like we're pretending there's no camera," says Green. "It isn't like we're saying that this is real life. Everyone is acknowledging how strange and bizarre this situation is."
Although many have experimented in streaming their lives live on the Internet, "Control TV" hopes the interactivity with the audience will set the show apart. There are also clear parallels to CBS' "Big Brother," which also includes live webcasts and viewer multiple choice voting options for certain aspects of the show. Green admits he's addicted to "Big Brother."
Green and Senreich - and producer Richard Saperstein, formerly president of Dimension Films - managed to persuade Ford and Sprint to back the project. Couvares will drive a Ford car and use a Sprint phone.
Green acknowledges he has some concerns about how such an experiment might play out.
"Strangers. Crazy people," he says. "We're going to be out there, he's going to have a camera following. People can react bizarrely when there are cameras out in public. So we're hoping that no one is going to go out of their way to hurt our guy."
But Green maintains his optimism in the wisdom of the crowd.
"We're just testing the boundaries of it," says Green. "We really want to see what can come of it. There's things that are exclusive to this medium and we want to play around."