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‘Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News’ Moves to Comedy Central

The late-night TV show host’s Emmy-nominated satirical animated news program returns on a new network with new stories of the day reported by animated anchors discussing topical issues with real-life political analysts, newsmakers, and media figures; new episodes kick off next month.

Emmy-nominated, animated, satirical news program Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News comes to Comedy Central next month, with its cast of animated characters lampooning top news stories and interviewing real-world guests. The series will air 13 episodes on Wednesday nights following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah beginning Wednesday, October 5.

Episodes include three segments, “Big News,” “Virtue Signal,” “Hot Take,” and “Inside The Hill,” focusing on the week’s most dominating stories and include special guests as well as returning and all-new animated characters. Live-action guest contributors, political analysts, newsmakers, media figures, and celebrities discuss issues with the show’s animated anchors, from politics to Hollywood to sports. The show will also air special event programming coverage of the 2022 midterm elections and “A Very Special Pre-Recorded 2022 Year in Review.”

“I am so excited that Comedy Central is the new home of Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News and look forward to CNN trying to fire my anchors before learning it airs on a completely different network,” said Colbert.

Animated news anchor James Smartwood added, “After leaving CNN in solidarity with Jeffrey Toobin, being terminated from MSNBC for calling for an innocent total no-fly zone over Europe and getting frog-marched out of Fox News for instigating one measly gin-fueled airport brawl, I’m thrilled to bring my talents to the world’s premiere journalistic network, Comedy Central until the instant I receive a call from the Saudi Comedy Channel."

The series is executive produced by Stephen Colbert; RJ Fried; Tim Luecke (Showtime’s Our Cartoon President); Zach Smilovitz; Mike Leech; and Nicole Savini. The series is produced by CBS Studios.

Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News adds to MTV Entertainment Studios’ collection of adult animation, including Digman!, Everybody Still Hates Chris, and Jodie, in addition to the film and series return of Beavis and Butt-Head and South Park.

Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Paramount+.

Source: Comedy Central

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.