The Late Show's Stephen Colbert has been one of Donald Trump's sharpest critics since the real estate mogul-turned-reality TV host improbably won the presidency last November. Colbert will continue his mission to mock the current resident of the White House with a new, untitled Showtime sitcom series featuring an animated version of Trump and his family and staff.
After a rocky first year on The Late Show where he was routinely trounced in the ratings by Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, Colbert rediscovered his creative fire - as well as ratings dominance - when Trump won the presidency, offering a nightly rebuke of the embattled president's policies and his long list of controversies. In a popular recurring segment, Colbert would often banter with a buffoonish animated version of Trump.
That Late Show segment is getting expanded in a big way. Showtime has announced they've ordered 10 episodes of a sitcom, produced by Colbert and Late Show producer Chris Licht, starring the show's slightly exaggerated cartoon version of Trump. Described as "a character study in search of character," the as yet untitled series will be a workplace sitcom that involves not only Trump, but members of his famously contentious staff, as well as his family and friends. Colbert is excited to take on his nightly nemesis in a new way.
"I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I'm honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world. I've seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA."
The majority of Colbert's mainstream career has been spent lampooning hypocritical politicians. He came to prominence as a standout correspondent on The Daily Show before getting his own spinoff, The Colbert Report, where he portrayed a fictionalized version of himself modeled after caustic, conservative cable news hosts like Bill O'Reilly, for a critically acclaimed decade-long run.
Colbert's transition into a more mainstream talk show host when he took over for David Letterman in 2015 had some awkward growing pains, but he hit his stride during last year's presidential conventions. He hosted a raw, emotional election night special on Showtime that served as a turning point for The Late Show, where he decided to embrace his progressive political leanings instead of marginalizing them. The fact that he's teaming up with Showtime again for another politically fueled run at Trump is no coincidence, and the series is sure to court the kind of controversy that Colbert has thrived on in the Trump era.