“Our Cartoon President,” Showtime’s animated comedy that skewers Donald Trump‘s White House, is hoping to shake up the 2018 Emmys … bigly. Best Animated Program has seen its fair share of repeat winners over the years, with 10-time champ “The Simpsons” being the granddaddy of all. “South Park” is next at three wins, followed by “Bob’s Burgers,” “Futurama” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars” with two apiece. But “Our Cartoon President” has a secret weapon that could help it break through with Emmy voters: co-creator Stephen Colbert.
Colbert is an Emmy favorite, winning nine trophies over the years for writing and producing both “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” As the star of CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” he was tasked with hosting last year’s Emmy ceremony to great fanfare. Colbert serves as the co-creator of “Our Cartoon President” with his “Late Show” showrunner Chris Licht, in addition to Matt Lapin, Tim Luecke and R.J. Fried.
Voice talents for the animated program include Jeff Bergman as the tremendous, fantastic, wonderful President Donald Trump, Cody Lindquist as First Lady Melania Trump, William Sadler as John F. Kelly, Jeff Sessions, and Mitch McConnell, Emily Lynne as Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Karen Pence, Betsy DeVos, and Nancy Pelosi, and John Viener as Vice President Mike Pence. Colbert recurs as the voice of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
Ten episodes of the first season will air during the Emmy eligibility period, with seven additional half-hours scheduled to air during the summer. TV critics have praised the comedy, with Sonia Saraiya (Variety) writing, “‘Our Cartoon President’ excels at mocking media — be it ‘Fox & Friends’ or Rachel Maddow — and offers brilliant glimpses of the inner turmoil and moral compromise of the people around Trump.” And Ed Bark (Uncle Barky) declared, “The first two episodes hit some comedic sweet spots, both visually and verbally.”
Last year’s Emmy nominees for Best Animated Program were “Archer,” “Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First),” “The Simpsons,” “South Park” and eventual winner “Bob’s Burgers.” Gold Derby’s Emmy odds predicted that “Archer” would win, with “Bob’s Burgers” being sort of an upset in the race.
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