Former Obama staffers ‘Pod Save America’ gets HBO pick-up
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HBO announced Thursday that it is adding to its fall lineup of shows a TV series based on "Pod Save America," a popular podcast by former aides to President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE.

The podcast, branded as "a political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane," is hosted by former former White House aides Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and John Lovett. HBO plans to turn the Crooked Media venture into a series of hour-long specials.

“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 executive Casey Bloys in a statement provided to Variety. “We’re excited to share the irreverent and entertaining insights of these savvy observers with the HBO audience.”

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The twice-weekly podcast has been downloaded over 175 million times since launching in January of last year, according to HBO. The hosts regularly hold interviews with high-profile lawmakers and journalists such as Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE

"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, Pfeiffer and Vietor in a statement. "They know that the 2018 midterms are the most important elections of our lifetimes, and the energy and excitement on the campaign trail is infectious." 

The three Crooked Media founders will remain as the show's executive producers.