12:09pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Pod Save America' Getting HBO Treatment With Election Specials
HBO is bringing another popular podcast to TV. The network announced Thursday that Pod Save America will get its own series of specials this fall, timed to the midterm elections.
“At a time when politics affect the lives of Americans more than ever before, Pod Save America has brought fresh and thoughtful voices to the discussion,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’re excited to share the irreverent and entertaining insights of these savvy observers with the HBO audience.”
The order, for a not-yet-announced number of hourlong specials, follows the similar order for Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams' popular 2 Dope Queens podcast. Those specials kicked off on HBO and its streaming services on Feb. 2.
Pod Save America, produced by Crooked Media, launched in early 2017 after the election of Donald Trump. Its trio of hosts and executive producers, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, previously had a podcast on Bill Simmons' Ringer network called Keeping It 1600. They all worked in the Obama administration.
“The best part of Pod Save America is taking the show on the road and meeting activists, candidates and people who are getting involved in politics for the first time,” said Favreau, Lovett and Vietor in a joint statement. “They know that the 2018 midterms are the most important elections of our lifetime, and the energy and excitement on the campaign trail is infectious. We are so grateful that HBO is taking a chance on us, even though these live shows will have so few dragons and sex robots.”
Pod Save America, which has taken its show on the road in both the U.S. and abroad, has been downloaded more than 175 million times. It also features weekly hosting from fellow Obama alum Dan Pfeiffer, though he is not affiliated with Crooked Media. Each episode finds the hosts joined by journalists, politicians, comedians and activists, where the conversation is dominated by all things pertaining to the Trump presidency.