Stephen Colbert and Showtime Teaming for Animated Trump Series
Stephen Colbert will now have an animated outlet through which to take on the president
If you think our current administration is cartoon-like, then Thursday's news that Showtime has given a 10-episode order to a new, as-yet-untitled half-hour animated series with two-dimensional avatars of President Donald Trump and his family is for you.
Executive produced by multiple Emmy-winner Stephen Colbert, the series will air this fall and, according to a Showtime press release, "will present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew."
Colbert said in the statement, "I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I'm honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world. I've seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA."
The series was inspired by the animated opening that was seen in the Emmy-nominated Showtime Special, Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night: Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This S**t. Besides Colbert, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert executive producer Chris Licht will be a part of the creative team. Given the daily news generated by Trump' and his actions, turnaround time on production will be quick (not unlike the Showtime docu-series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth).
“Stephen and Chris have an uncanny genius for deconstructing the world of President Trump, and this series opens a new realm for them,” Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said. “Their vision will produce a comedy that makes waves, gets attention and plays great on our networks, including our streaming service.”