CBS All Access, the network’s streaming service, is launching a weekly animated series featuring real-world guests that will discuss — and mock — the news of the day, the network announced Wednesday. 

“Tooning Out the News" plans to release daily five- to seven-minute segments followed by a weekly full episode available every Friday. It launches Monday in the U.S. and Canada. 

Confirmed guests include Reps. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick Barbara Lee: Congress should focus on eliminating poverty MORE (D-Texas), Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former NIC Director Greg Treverton rips US response; WHO warns of 'immediate second peak' if countries reopen too quickly Treasury has not disbursed B in airline support: oversight panel We can't afford to let local news die MORE (D-Fla.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Dan Abrams, Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzMoussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Frist says Manhattan Project-like initiative necessary to fight virus; WH to release plan for easing lockdowns The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE, Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof. 


The fictional animated news show is hosted by an anchor named James Smartwood. He is joined by what the show describes as a team of “attractive misunderstood geniuses." 

“After a successful negotiation between my forthright representation and a frankly insulting CBS business affairs department, I’m pleased to report that I am now the lead anchor and chief senior managing director of news and miscellaneous serious stuff at America’s #1 source for news and ‘Star Trek’: CBS All Access,” Smartwood said in a release from the network. “Now that I’m on the air, I have a stark warning to every power player in Washington: I will suck up to you for access — that’s a promise." 

The show will feature regular segments mocking the typical cable news lineup, including “Inside the Hill,” described as “where America turns to hear rich people agree with each other,” as well as “Virtue Signal,” which mocks “liberal cable news anchors” and comes with the tagline “There’s no cause this white lady can’t make about herself.” 

CBS All Access released a preview Wednesday featuring a three-minute segment with conservative commentator Bill Kristol

“Will you endorse President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE, therefore ensuring his collapse?” Smartwood asks Kristol, an outspoken critic of Trump. 


“That’s a good idea, I should do that. I voted for Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE last week, here in the Virginia primary already,” Kristol responds. 

“Tough break for Joe Biden,” Smartwood says. 

“He's doing well, maybe this is a case where occasionally I’ll be on the side that succeeds,” Kristol replies. 

The animated series is executive produced by Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertBiden answers daughter's phone call, eats ice cream during interview with Colbert Biden to give virtual interview with Colbert on Thursday Jimmy Kimmel mocks Pence delivery of PPE MORE and Christ Licht, of CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and R.J. Fried and Tim Luecke from Showtime’s “Our Cartoon President.”