Donald Trump Animated Series From Stephen Colbert Headed to Showtime

Showtime Trump animated show
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Donald Trump, the cartoon? Yes, it’s happening.

Showtime has greenlit an animated satirical series centered on the Trump White House, Variety has learned. The show hails from executive producer Stephen Colbert.

The untitled series will span 10 episodes, and will air this fall. Production will ramp up quickly and wrap close to the premiere date, in order to enable the show to stay relevant with current events and Trump’s continuing antics.

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The series will revolve around the two-dimensional avatars of President Donald Trump and his family members. Described as a “fresh, cutting-edge comedy,” the series will present the “tru-ish 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.” According to Showtime, “it’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.”

“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. I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA,” Colbert said in jest.

“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 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.”

Colbert has made strides over the past year throughout the election season and Trump’s presidency, becoming the buzziest political host in the late-night genre with his comedic Trump coverage on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The show marks a continuation in Colbert’s relationship with Showtime, and expands the late-night host’s work in the CBS portfolio. Colbert last collaborated with the cable network for his Emmy-nominated election special “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” The Showtime series is inspired by the animated opening segment from that special and the “Late Show’s” animated Trump character.

The animated show hails from CBS Television Studios and will be executive produced by Colbert and “Late Show” showrunner Chris Licht. Tim Luecke, who co-created the “Late Show” version of animated Trump, will serve as lead animator and co-executive producer.

For Showtime, the series is the latest in the political sphere, joining “The Circus,” “The Putin Interviews,” and “Risk.”

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  1. Rduke says:

    Chris….you are deranged and and angry

  2. Christopher Barker says:

    For those who feel trump is disrespected by this.
    When the President of the United States is able to TELL THE GD TRUTH, and stops lying to me (all Americans)every single day, apologizes sincerely and demonstrates an ability to continue to tell the truth, even when pressed, then maybe he will be treated differently.

    This isn’t about Obama, Clinton, Carter or George Freaking Washington.. It’s strictly about the current president. So, no deflection if you can help it..
    Until the lies stop, this p.o.s. should be called a LIAR. Both satirically and literally. Stop defending the behavior you would NEVER accept from your own child, friend, acquaintance, boss. You embarrass yourself when the rest of us can see you in the light of day

  3. John says:

    This is ridiculous. It’s okay to greenlight something like this, but not for Bush or Obama?

    Somebody needs to admit Stephen Colbert into the nearest psych ward. He always becomes extremely unhinged on his show every night and devotes every single segment (including the monologue) to President Trump. It’s honestly pretty creepy. If he isn’t already, Colbert deserves to be put on a government watchlist due to his past hateful and often harmful rhetoric toward the President and his family. I hope that they give him a lifetime ban for access to The White House too.

    • jc says:

      They did have a show called “Little Bush”. Also not a cartoon, but there is plenty of satirical depictions of Obama (and pretty much any president) in other forms of media

    • jsm1963 says:

      A “government watchlist” for people who hate Trump? How is this making the land of free speech great again?

  4. Nan Probert says:

    What the heck…Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Show Time made a mistake by allowing a cartoon “comedy” about the president and his family to air. Whether you voted for him or not he deserves respect not reticule from a has been late night comedian. Please everyone boycott the sponsors and cancel all subscriptions to Show Time this cartoon is WRONG.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Political satire has a rich tradition in this country.

      For those of you suddenly offended by satire now that Trump is President, you can always tune into Gregg Guttfield for some timely Hillary jokes.

  5. Hawkeye says:

    To cancel Showtime you can call toll-free at 866-352-7138.

  6. Dorian Edwards says:

    Hey, a cartoon for a Cartoon President. He isn’t real, because he has no ability to do anything to affect the lives of ordinary people. Everything he has tried to do to affect the lives of ordinary people has been so bad, and would hurt them so deeply, that other people stepped in and stopped him. Between the courts and the congress, they have managed to stop the most egregious parts of Trump’s evil plan. Thank God we are still America, where even the most skilled con-men and evildoers are unmasked for who they really are. We should have had more faith in America. I thought when he was elected we were doomed. Turns out I was wrong. He is as impotent as any despot the world has ever seen. I only hope he manages to get out without the people hanging him from a lamp post like they did Mussolini.

  7. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    I like that in the cartoon he has small hands.

  8. Mooch says:

    Oh my god. Enough you clowns. SC is not funny. He was for 5 minutes 10 years ago. His show isn’t even comedy anymore , it’s just his angry craziness. I have no idea who even watches his shitty angry wowed show anymore. It must be all leftards and soccer moms. It’s not comedy that’s for sure. ( comedy = The President making everyone you go crazy every single day. Completely screwing with all
    of you Now that’s funny ! )

    • Inbred in America says:

      You know what’s even funnier? Watching you partisan fools (Left and Right) bicker while a fat, orange ignoramus makes your country the laughing stock of the world. But hey, buddy, keep being angry at Obama and ‘Lib-tards’, waste your energy. Your government loves it when you’re distracted, ya pleb.

      • jsm1963 says:

        @khowse

        Actually, 308,000 vets might have died over several years, not in one year.

        And, while Merkel might have found phone tapping “hilarious,” she still seems to enjoy a warm relationships with Obama, who remains much more popular in Europe. More popular than Bush and definitely more popular than Trump.

      • khowse says:

        Like we weren’t laughing stocks/have been criticized before. Cuz I know for a fact…Merkel found it hilarious after she learned the previous administration tapped her phone. While millions of Americans have certainly enjoyed skyrocketing healthcare premiums/deductibles, not to mention 308,000 veterans who died last year still waiting to see a doctor. I mean, as an independent, your post leans oddly left given your lack of criticism of the other side. So either be a little more even-handed with your “energy” or do us all a favor and spare us your hypocrisy.

      • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

        +1000

  9. Barbara Gonzalez says:

    Will you have to ask permission from that Jack ass fool?

  10. Linda Bolas says:

    OMG! America can NOT wait for this! Stephen is ‘Making America Laugh Again!’ (& again & again!) Thanks you SO SO much for this collaboration of what I’m sure is ALREADY as highly anticipated as Games of Thrones or Saturday Night Live! Stephen you ROCK! Thank You for making this time in America a bit more tolerable! 😃 (Can’t wait to see how unhinged LIAR IN cHIEF gets!)

  11. Susan Zicco says:

    You go Steven!!! Can’t wait to see it. You are a genius and make my life worth living!

  12. Nomar says:

    And Showtime’s slide into nothingness is accelerated by yet another dumbass decision.

  13. bamoyes says:

    I mean a fictitious cartoon about unscrupulous Don, the’ most amazing deal broker ever’ and his ‘high quality’ family would have been HILARIOUS ten years ago, but now one now based on him and his entourage being effective ‘world leaders’ will be even better. This could be such great viewing. I don’t get Showtime but I’ll sign up just for this.

  14. The Truth says:

    Can’t Colbert do ANYTHING else but bash Trump? His schtick is SERIOUSLY getting old.

    • Christopher Barker says:

      Or…trump could do the right thing and step down? There’s no shame in admitting that your in over you head. Maybe he could work out a sort of plea bargain with Dems I the house. If he resigns, no impeachment In 2018?
      Bet that deal will sound better as approval ratings continue to drop. Even Nixon knew that at 29pct. it was time to exit stage left.

    • Jake says:

      Kinda how the other 70% of America feels about Herr Drumpf.

  15. Lance says:

    Colbert talk show is unwatchable. An animated show by Colbert about President Trump, that should suck as well

    • Linda Bolas says:

      We REALLY are NOT getting tired of this trump-bashing! We oh so enjoy seeing how much it gets potus unnerved! TY STEPHEN U ROCK!😃

      • khowse says:

        Low-functioning stucknderplahoma? Says the guy who still uses the term “black” instead of African-American…wow…really?!

      • Awww… Poor maga trumptards also lost their sense of humors… Only funny if it’s the black guy huh?

        They do say that low functioning also have stunted perceptions of humor….

      • Lance says:

        I didn’t even vote for Trump and I’m so very tired of the President Trump bashing.

  16. Lance says:

    And yet another reason to dislike celebrities. How tired is this whole President Trump bashing.

  17. Ruth Deutsch says:

    Does this mean Trump will still be in office then? Come on Bob Mueller, don’t you have enough dirt piled high enough yet??? I guess the answer is “nyet”.

    • jsm1963 says:

      You have to be patient. Mueller’s only been on the job a few months now. Whitewater investigation took six years.

      • jsm1963 says:

        @Kaboom!

        You think Mueller is concerned about holding onto this job? He’s one of the most highly respected lawyers in the country. A former FBI Director. I’m confident he walked away from a seven figure salary to do this.

      • Kaboom! says:

        The Mueller investigation will be dragged on for 7.5 more years, guaranteeing Mueller years of employment and Trump a second term. And then, the Democrats will lose the presidency again.

  18. willie wont says:

    Poor dumb Donald and his family of misfits. This isn’t going to end well for them.

  19. JoeMcG says:

    I love Stephen Colbert, and I watch The Late Show regularly. But I have to say, I’ve reached overload on this whole Donald Trump roller coaster ride. It may be great for comedy, but I have to say, after a regular dose of The Late Show, The Daily Show, and Full Frontal, plus regular doses of NPR news and BBC news, I can’t take any more Donald Trump. What makes it funny is that it’s all true. And after a while that just makes me depressed. Our great nation has turned into reality TV, and I’m ready to turn it off. No More!

  20. Pageturner says:

    Oh…and Colbert is a comedic genius with a social conscience- that’s why he’s #1 in ratings. Love him, can’t wait for this!!!

  21. Pageturner says:

    What are you talking about? Political satire is a crucial part of a healthy democracy. Only dictatorships and totalitarian regimes suppress such discourse…I hear you can buy an apartment in Moscow, dirt cheap, maybe that’s more your speed.

    Bravo Showtime!!!

  22. shameonshowtime says:

    What a disgrace of a company will NEVER watch Showtime again.

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