CBS ALL ACCESS ANNOUNCES NEW ANIMATED SERIES ‘TOONING OUT THE NEWS’
An Animated Variety Series Featuring Daily Segments and Weekly Full Episodes
Executive Produced by Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, RJ Fried and Tim Luecke
PASADENA, Calif. – Jan. 12, 2020 – CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced plans for a new animated variety series, TOONING OUT THE NEWS. A CBS Television Studios production, the series is executive produced by Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht of CBS’ THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, and RJ Fried and Tim Luecke from SHOWTIME’s OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT.
TOONING OUT THE NEWS will provide short daily segments leading up to a weekly full episodes featuring a cast of animated characters mocking news of the day, and interviewing real-world guests and newsmakers. The announcement was made by Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content for CBS All Access, during the service’s biannual Television Critics Association presentation.
“The minute the imaginators at TOONING OUT THE NEWS decked their bleeding edge ideation bizmeth, I knew that the news jackers were ripe for our freemium growth hack pivot,” said Colbert. “Let’s go Omnichannel for UTTR! I also couldn’t be prouder to be working with my old friend, James Smartwood. Go get ’em, Jimbo!”
“This brilliant creative team is truly breaking new ground, marrying daily headline events with animation, to create their own unique spin on today’s news coverage,” said McNamara. “Whether you come for your daily dose or the full-length episode at the end of the week, CBS All Access is the perfect destination for this innovative, comedic look at our culture of ‘breaking news’ overload, and we are thrilled to be in business with these phenomenal creative minds from within the ViacomCBS family.”
TOONING OUT THE NEWS joins CBS All Access’ growing slate of original series which currently includes THE GOOD FIGHT, NO ACTIVITY, TELL ME A STORY, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, WHY WOMEN KILL and the forthcoming INTERROGATION, THE STAND and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, with additional series soon to be announced. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STAR TREK: PICARD, featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard.