While Donald Trump might not be too eager to sit down for an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, his cartoon self is a regular: The show has been running a bit featuring the character for months. Now, our animated president is getting his own series.
On Monday, Showtime dropped a teaser for Our Cartoon President, and announced the first episode will premiere February 11. The network's snippet shows an animated, extraordinarily orange Trump struggling to make it to the podium for a press conference, running out of breath on his way to the dais before collapsing to the floor and dragging himself towards it. Ultimately, his entourage—including cartoon versions of Melania Trump, Don Jr., and a Keebler-like Jeff Sessions—lift him to the microphone for a little speech.
We've already gotten glimpses of a fictionalized Trump taking advice from the ghost of Richard Nixon and getting tucked in by Steve Bannon on The Late Show. According to Showtime, we'll be getting an even closer look into the president's "tru-ish" private life when Colbert's series drops. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the network said 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.”
Colbert is executive producing the series alongside Chris Licht, a fellow Late Show EP who's serving as showrunner, Deadline reports. Tim Luecke, who co-created the Late Show bit that gave birth to Trump's caricature, is serving as the lead animator.
Given that Colbert is one of Trump's most outspoken critics, Our Cartoon President might not be as generous to him as, say, Barry & Joe would be to Obama and Biden. We'll only know just how brutal the show gets on January 28, when Showtime drops a preview—just two days before the real, fleshy Trump's first State of the Union.
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