[03/11/20 - 10:59 AM] CBS All Access' Animated Series "Tooning Out the News" to Launch Monday, March 16 in the U.S. and Canada The series will feature a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, mocking the news of the day and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers and analysts in daily five- to seven-minute segments, followed by a weekly full episode available every Friday.
[via press release from CBS]
CBS ALL ACCESS' ANIMATED SERIES "TOONING OUT THE NEWS" TO LAUNCH MONDAY, MARCH 16 IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
Daily Segments to Stream Evenings Monday through Thursday;
Weekly Full Episode to Drop Fridays After 12:00 PM, ET
Only on CBS All Access
Upcoming Guests Include Alan Dershowitz, Rep. Barbara Lee, Olivia Nuzzi, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Others
NEW YORK - March 11, 2020 - CBS All Access, CBS' digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced its animated variety news series, TOONING OUT THE NEWS, will launch on Monday, March 16 in the U.S. and Canada, exclusively on CBS All Access.
TOONING OUT THE NEWS will feature a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, mocking the news of the day and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers and analysts in daily five- to seven-minute segments, followed by a weekly full episode available every Friday. 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.
"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," says Smartwood. "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. Lastly, for the record, my involuntary sabbatical last year was my choice. Check out TOONING OUT THE NEWS every weekday. I don't work weekends. Weekends are for chili and roughhousing."
Confirmed guests for TOONING OUT THE NEWS include Dan Abrams, Alan Dershowitz, Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Rep. Barbara Lee, Olivia Nuzzi, Rep. Donna Shalala and Rep. Eric Swalwell.
TOONING OUT THE NEWS' regular segments will include:
"Big News" - America's Most Trusted Source of Conventional Wisdom
James Smartwood hosts this satire of ego-centric cable news anchors who only offer the most conventional takes.
"Inside the Hill" - Where America Turns to Hear Rich People Agree with Each Other
Co-hosts Richard Ballard and Sarah Sabo discuss the latest political headlines with Washington's elite.
"Hot Take" - The Biggest, Baddest, Bad Faith Arguments on Television
A politically diverse and wildly ill-informed panel weighs in on the news of the day.
"Virtue Signal" - There's No Cause This White Lady Can't Make About Herself
Kylie Weaver hosts this satire of liberal cable news anchors who pat themselves on the back for taking up every social and political cause.
"Smart Talk Tonight" - Important discussions, discussed importantly. Come on in, the water's smart.
Kenneth Parsons and Chloe Kline conduct in-depth, in studio, one-on-one interviews with real-life newsmakers.
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, INTERROGATION and the forthcoming THE STAND, THE UNTITLED RICHARD LINKLATER PROJECT, THE HARPER HOUSE and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, with additional series soon to be announced. CBS All Accessis 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.
About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is CBS' direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand - spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network's primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits - as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. CBS All Access' original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, TELL ME A STORY, NO ACTIVITY, WHY WOMEN KILL and INTERROGATION as well as the upcoming THE STAND, THE UNTITLED RICHARD LINKLATER PROJECT, THE HARPER HOUSE and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: PICARD and the upcoming animated series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive's other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
The service is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS app for iOS and Android, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TVs, LG Smart TVs, Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV channels. Versions of CBS All Access have now launched internationally in Canada and Australia (10 All Access), with unique but similar content and pricing plans. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit https://www.cbs.com/all-access.
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry's leading suppliers of programming with more than 70 series currently in production across broadcast and cable networks, streaming services and other emerging platforms. The Studio's expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, genre-defining franchises, including the ever-growing "Star Trek" universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, and an extensive library of iconic intellectual property.