1:15pm PT by Rick Porter
Fox to Air Election Comedy Special From Robert Smigel
Fox and Robert Smigel are teaming up for an election comedy special featuring puppet versions of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
The man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is writing and executive producing Let's Be Real, which is set to air Oct. 1. The half-hour special from Propagate will touch on politics, pop culture and the election with puppetry, celebrity cameos and remote pieces.
Let's Be Real also marks a cross-department collaboration at Fox, as both its scripted and unscripted divisions are involved.
"Robert Smigel is a uniquely gifted creator, and, as the election approaches, we are so excited to be working with him on bringing a new take on the current discourse taking place across the political spectrum,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn and Rob Wade, president alternative entertainment and specials at the network, in a statement. "This project also marks an important partnership for our scripted and unscripted departments, and we hope this is but the first in a long line of collaborations between our two teams."
Said Smigel, "I am a uniquely gifted creator, and, as the election approaches, they are so excited to be working with me on bringing a new take on the current discourse taking place across the political spectrum. Oh, yeah — for me to poop on."
The Fox special is one of several that networks are airing in the run-up to Nov. 3. ABC on Tuesday aired a comedy special called VOMO: Vote or Miss Out and has two election-themed episodes of Black-ish set for Oct. 4. Freeform is also airing an unscripted series hosted by Kal Penn that tackles issues important to young-adult voters, and a number of other outlets are mounting digital and PSA campaigns to encourage participation.
Smigel executive produces Let's Be Real with Propagate's Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healy; Gerald-Brice Viret for Canal+, home to the original format Les Guignols; and Arnaud Renard and Matthieu Porte of Can't Stop Media. Rachael Field serves as a producer and Bruce Leddy directs. Puppet Heap created the puppets.
A teaser for the special is below.