Showtime has just made a new enemy. On CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, because the host had not been able to get Trump to appear and answer for his tweets or actions as President, the late night talk show introduced Animated Trump. Now the premium cable channel and sibling to CBS has signed the Animated Donald Trump to his own weekly show, which is likely going to continue to pick fin at the commander-in-chief, who has a very thin skin and will likely attack the network and Colbert over the show.
So far the Animated Trump show is untitled, but has been picked up for 10 initial episodes that will begin in the fall. Colbert said that he knew quite a few people out there wanted to see the cartoon Trump turn into a series, and that the animated leader of the free world agreed to let his private world be filmed. Colbert also said that he has seen some footage from the show and looks forward to sharing it with fans.
The Showtime project is being headed by Chris Licht, the Late Show showrunner. It is one of several parodies of the president that will be hitting television. It will follow shows like Saturday Night Live and Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump, and Anthony Atamanuik’s The President Show that airs on Comedy Central, according to MSN.
David Nevins, CEO and president of Showtime Networks said that Stephen Colbert and Licht have brilliantly deconstructed the world of Donald Trump, and this new series will give them a new outlet for them. The premium cable network believes the show will make waves and gain great attention, playing on their networks and streaming service.
Showtime is calling the show a workplace comedy, featuring a truish account of the president, his family, heads of government, top associates, golf pros or anyone else who accidentally finds themselves near Trump. The Trumpian atmosphere of the show should be good for a laugh or two until the reality that the show is pretty close to the real White House sets in.
Colbert’s deal with Showtime is just another positive for the talk show host who was originally failing in his late night slot. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Colbert’s ratings have skyrocketed, taking him past Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show as the most watched late night talk show. Tim Luecke, co-creator of Animated Trump will act as lead animator for the new show, as well as co-producer, which CBS Television producing the show.
By Cletus Dillwood
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