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 LeeOvernight Defense: Biden participates in NATO summit | White House backs 2002 AUMF repeal | Top general says no plans for airstrikes to help Afghan forces after withdrawal White House backs repeal of 2002 war authorization Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church to dedicate prayer wall on anniversary of massacre MORE (D-Texas), Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaStephanie Murphy won't run for Senate seat in Florida next year Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy MORE (D-Fla.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Dan Abrams, Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzDershowitz files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Netflix over portrayal in Epstein series Why does the hard left glorify the Palestinians? Dershowitz: Maxine Waters used KKK tactics to intimidate Chauvin jury 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 TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations 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 BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting 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 ColbertSocially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral West Wing star equates GOP to 'negotiating with terrorists' Rand Paul's wife says package containing white powder was 'pure terrorism' 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.”