BREAKING: Tooning Out The News Launches Tuesday, Apr. 7 On CBS All Access

James Smartwood anchors the animated variety news series from Executive Producer Stephen Colbert.
Posted on Mar 31, 2020 | 10:00am
This just in: Tooning Out the News has a new premiere date!

Exclusively available to CBS All Access subscribers, the variety news series will launch on Tuesday, Apr. 7 with a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, parodying the news of the day and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers, and analysts.

New five- to seven-minute segments will be released Tuesday through Friday, culminating in a full weekly episode. Tooning Out the News has resumed production with the staff and crew working remotely.

The series is executive produced by Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht of CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and RJ Fried and Tim Luecke from Showtime's Our Cartoon President.

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Confirmed guests include Dan Abrams, Alan Dershowitz, Donny Deutsch, Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Rep. Barbara Lee, Olivia Nuzzi, Rep. Donna Shalala, and Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Regular segments on Tooning Out the News 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 is produced by CBS Television Studios and 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 Access is 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.