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CBS All Access launches animated ‘Tooning Out the News’ series

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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 Lee (D-Texas), Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), as well as Dan Abrams, Alan Dershowitz, 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 Trump, 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 Biden 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 Colbert 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.” 

Tags Alan Dershowitz Barbara Lee Bill Kristol CBS CBS All Access Donald Trump Donna Shalala Eric Swalwell Joe Biden Our Cartoon President Stephen Colbert The Late Show

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