12:30pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Stephen Colbert to Mock Trump With Weekly Showtime Cartoon
Stephen Colbert has every reason to lean into his coverage and criticism of the Trump White House — and now he has another venue for it. The Late Show host just sold an animated series to Showtime, starring a cartoon version of the current commander-in-chief.
The untitled comedy, based on the animated Donald Trump seen in Colbert's Showtime election-night special and on his CBS show, has been picked up for a 10-episode season that will kick off in the fall. "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. "I've seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA."
The project, also from Late Show showrunner Chris Licht, is the latest of several Trump parodies getting the TV spotlight. It follows the near-weekly Saturday Night Live appearances by resident Trump stand-in Alec Baldwin on NBC and Comedy Central's The President Show, which stars Anthony Atamanuik.
"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 program is described as a workplace comedy that features 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 worth noting that Colbert is not the only Comedy Central alum to try to push into cartoons. The original lynchpin of Jon Stewart's massive HBO deal was a daily animated news program, one that eventually shuttered before premiering when Stewart could not nail down his desired turnaround.
Colbert is certainly on a roll with his political take. Since Trump was sworn into office, Colbert's Late Show has emerged as the most watched talker in late night, eclipsing longtime victor Jimmy Fallon. Showtime has also leaned into politics of late, most notably ordering more of docuseries The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth to follow the Trump presidency.
Tim Luecke, who co-created the Late Show's animated Trump, will serve as lead animator and co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.