Showtime takes Stephen Colbert’s animated Donald Trump segment to series
A popular segment with Colbert
It was announced today that Showtime has given a 10-episode order to a new half-hour animated series. The new show will be executive produced by multiple Emmy winner Stephen Colbert, and starring the animated avatar of Donald Trump. Set to premiere on Showtime this fall, the comedy will present “the truish” adventures of Trump’s confidants and family, and will feature other avatars like top associates and heads of government. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.
“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,” Colbert said. “I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA.”
The series itself is inspired by the animated opening segment of the Emmy-nominated Showtime special, “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?”. The animated figure is also a popular recurring character on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The upcoming series teams Colbert with his executive producer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, “to hilariously and pointedly deconstruct life in the White Household”.
“Stephen and Chris have an uncanny genius for deconstructing the world of President Trump, and this series opens a new realm for them,” Nevins said. “Their vision will produce a comedy that makes waves, gets attention and plays great on our networks, including our streaming service.”
Produced by CBS Television Studios, the series will be executive produced by Colbert and Licht. Tim Luecke, who co-created the Late Show version of Animated Trump, will serve as lead animator (and co-executive producer).
Colbert earned six Emmy nominations this year, including three for Showtime (Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Special), and will be hosting the 2017 Primetime Emmys. Colbert has also received four Peabody Awards, four WGA Awards, seven PGA Awards and two Grammy Awards. Licht himself earned a Peabody Award as executive producer of CBS This Morning and has also won three News and Documentary Emmy Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards.