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 LeeDemocrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Democrats accuse tech companies of deceitful tactics in campaign against Calif. ballot measure MORE (D-Texas), Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaTrump, Biden final arguments at opposite ends on COVID-19 Britain to infect healthy individuals with coronavirus for vaccine trials 'Nodding Woman' behind Trump at town hall is former House candidate MORE (D-Fla.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Dan Abrams, Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzThe Hill's 12:30 Report: War over the Supreme Court Dershowitz suing CNN for 0 million in defamation suit Bannon and Maxwell cases display DOJ press strategy chutzpah 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 TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden 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 BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report 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 ColbertColbert says Trump is why he doesn't play satirical conservative character anymore McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl Late-night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 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.”