When it comes to political satire, perhaps nobody on television is sharper or bolder than Stephen Colbert with The Late Show on CBS. His political commentary has seen the ratings for his late night show get a huge boost in the time since the 2016 presidential election, and he's now taking it to a whole other level with Our Cartoon President on Showtime. The animated series will present a comedic take on the state of the White House and the leadership of President Trump. A first video has hit the web, and it's downright silly. Take a look!
Stephen Colbert is on board My Cartoon President as an executive producer, as is his Late Show executive producer Chris Licht, which means that we may see plenty of Colbert's signature humor in the ten episodes of the series that have been ordered so far. This first look doesn't give away a whole lot of what to expect beyond comedy starring parallel universe (and animated) versions of Donald Trump, his family, and his administration.
In the clip, we see Donald Trump strolling down a White House corridor toward a podium with cameras flashing, presumably to make a speech. Unfortunately, he gets worn out on the walk to the podium. He's ultimately helped to the front by a number of folks whose faces will be familiar to people who have been keeping track of current politics, including Trump's kids, son-in-law, wife, vice president, and other officials.
All things considered, it's looking like nobody is off-limits for Stephen Colbert and his crew in Our Cartoon President. Only time will tell how the fictionalized versions of the President and his advisors compare to those in real-life. We still have a bit of a wait, however, as the series premiere won't air on Showtime until Sunday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
Given that politics is constantly changing nowadays with people rising and falling in prominence, Our Cartoon President is going to have to work to keep up with current events. After all, episodes aren't going to be relevant if they're tackling political twists that happened months ago.
Showtime actually addressed these concerns with an earlier announcement about Our Cartoon President. Back in August, Showtime president and CEO David Nevins revealed that the plan was to take advantage of the computer generated nature of the animation to produce content as late in the game as possible. He went so far as to tease the possibility of writing part of an episode on a Thursday and having it ready to air on Sunday. That's some fast turnaround, but Our Cartoon President may have the perfect team to handle it. After all, Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht must be used to covering current events very quickly for The Late Show; they could be the ideal people to do the same thing for the Showtime animated series.
You can catch the first episode of Our Cartoon President on February 11 at 8 p.m. on Showtime. If you're in the mood for a Stephen Colbert fix sooner than that, you can find him on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS as host of The Late Show. For your other options in the new year, be sure to swing by our 2018 midseason TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule.