On the heels of the State of the Union address, Showtime will premiere its new animated series Our Cartoon President. Executive produced by multiple Emmy winner Stephen Colbert and his Late Show executive producer, Chris Licht, this new 10-episode parody will follow the tru-ish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and his merry band of advisors and family members. R.J. Fried will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Tim Luecke will serve as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin will serve as consulting producer. Showtime has debuted the first preview of this upcoming series, which takes some jabs at Donald Trump's physical well-being.
The preview begins with a special message from President Trump, who is seen walking to the podium before stopping to catch his breath. This cuts to several scenes where he's struggling to make it as he's held up by a number of his closest advisors and family members. The final shot features the Cartoon President pleading with viewers to give him an Emmy, a jab at the President's comments about his reality series The Apprentice not winning an Emmy. The final shot features cartoon versions of Ted Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the First Lady Melania Trump, the President's sons Donald Jr. and Eric, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's daughter Ivanka, Ben Carson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The series was inspired by the animated Donald Trump character that has appeared on Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This Animated Trump was also featured on the opening segment of Showtime's Election Night special, Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Final: Who's Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? The half-hour series will debut Sunday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, before the 9 p.m. season premiere of Homeland. Showtime will give viewers an early preview of the series, making the first episode of Our Cartoon President available across multiple platforms online and On Demand on Sunday, January 28, just two days before President Trump's State of the Union address on January 30.
In this parallel cartoon universe, the Commander-in-Chief opens the White House doors for an "all access" look at a typical day in the life of the President of the United States. Our Cartoon President examines the quintessentially Trumpian details of the presidency and his most important relationships, and no one is safe - from his close family and confidants to key political figures from both parties and members of the media. Our Cartoon President is produced by CBS Television Studios and executive produced by Colbert, Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried. Tim Luecke will serve as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin will serve as consulting producer. To learn more about Our Cartoon President, follow @CartoonPres on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation using #CartoonPresident. This series also comes on the heels of The Simpsons Trump parody that aired in Season 28.
This show is just the latest in Showtime's upcoming slate that explores different sides of the political spectrum. The network's series The Circus has aired for two seasons, the first of which centered on the 2016 presidential campaign and and the second on Trump's first 100 days in office. The Putin Interviews feature Oliver Stone's unprecedented conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Risk presents a no-holds-barred view of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras). Showtime is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple, Roku, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to Showtime via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and Amazon Channels. Take a look at the first trailer for Our Cartoon President, courtesy of Showtime YouTube.