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‘Tooning Out the News’ Kicks Off New ‘Smart Talk Tonight’ Segment

Paramount+’s critically acclaimed daily news satire series welcomes animated host Kenneth Parsons, who will get up close and personal, in studio, with real life guests; June 11 debut features famed novelist Salman Rushdie.

Tooning Out the News, Paramount+’s critically acclaimed original animated daily news satire series, kicks off a new segment, “Smart Talk Tonight,” debuting June 11. Join animated (and we don’t mean lively!) host Kenneth Parsons and a team of his highly respected soon-to-be-disgraced colleagues as they sit across from real newsmakers in a real studio for intimate one-on-one interviews. “Smart Talk Tonight” premieres with special guest, famed novelist Salman Rushdie.

If only non-animated news was this animated! Tom Brokaw... beware! Take a look at the preview trailer:

Tooning Out the News features a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, parodying top news stories and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers, and analysts. New 5-7-minute segments are available Tuesday through Friday, culminating in a weekly full episode. 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. The series is produced by CBS Studios.

Source: CBS Studios