The 'Late Show' host will aim to Make Animation Great Again
Stephen Colbert is taking on the first family in a new animated series
Showtime has greenlit a 10-episode half-hour comedy series about President Donald Trump and his family, which will debut this fall.
Executive produced by Colbert, the currently untitled series “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.” According to the network’s press release, “it’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval,” and “a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.”
“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,” said Colbert in a statement. “I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA.”
The show is inspired by the animated segment that opened Colbert’s 2016 election night special on Showtime and a recurring character on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In order to insure that current events can factor into the story, the series will have a quick turnaround on production, says the network.
Colbert is also recruiting some of his Late Show cohorts for this project. Late Show‘s EP Chris Licht will also executive produce, and Tim Luecke, who created the character on Colbert’s late night show, will serve as lead animator and co-executive producer.
“Stephen and Chris have an uncanny genius for deconstructing the world of President Trump, and this series opens a new realm for them,” said Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins. “Their vision will produce a comedy that makes waves, gets attention and plays great on our networks, including our streaming service.”
The animated series is expected to debut this fall.