Former Xplorer kicks off tv career in October
LOS ANGELES-Former Xplorers kicker Steven Green will try his hand at reality TV this fall in "The Adam Carolla Project," which premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. on The Learning Channel (TLC).
The show stars Adam Carolla, co-host of "The Man Show" and host of late-night talk show "Too Late with Adam" on Comedy Central. In "The Adam Carolla Project," Carolla, a former carpenter, and his friends get together to remodel Carolla's childhood home in northern California with an eye toward selling it for a profit.
Green's role in the series is head electrician and project foreman. In addition to the work they do on the house, the film crew profiles each man in his personal aspirations.
"They actually followed me in my dream of furthering my football career," said Green, who played in the past three consecutive Xplorers seasons. "One day during the filming, they had a guy come out with me to an Avengers tryout, where I worked out with the team. It was pretty cool."
Green has helped out and done some spots on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." It was through his friendship with Kimmel, who grew up with Green in Brooklyn, that he met Carolla.
"Adam's a very funny guy," Green said in a phone interview on Tuesday on a break from the set. "The show is kind of wild. We're a bunch of locker room guys trying to fix up a house. Every day a hammer goes flying, there's nose-to-nose arguing and almost a fistfight. It's always something. We're a bunch of misfits. But it's been great. It's a very, very funny show to watch."
While the show promises lots of laughs, the actual manual labor was nothing to snicker at, Green admits.
"It's been a lot harder than I imagined," Green said. "You'd think they'd make it all easy since it was for TV. With the 105 degree temperatures, working every single day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., it's been brutal."
Green left the Xplorers at the beginning of the season right before the show started filming.
"I sure would have liked to have been there when they won the conference title and found out they were going to Shreveport," he said. "I hope they win this weekend. I would have loved to have played in the championship."
About the show, Green said he was lucky. "I had done a couple of little things before for Jimmy, and he liked it. The next thing you know he said, You're going to do this show,' and that's it. Here I am."
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