Obamas working on Trump-bashing Netflix sketch comedy series about 2016 election
Barack and Michelle Obama are expanding their media production empire. Higher Ground Productions, the company created by former President Obama and Michelle Obama, will produce a Netflix sketch comedy series entitled “The G Word.” It is expected to be loosely based on an anti-Trump book that portrays the chaos that allegedly ensued after President Trump won the 2016 election.
The Obamas acquired the rights to Michael Lewis’ book “The Fifth Risk” back in 2018. Deadline, which first reported on the development, reported that the show will be based on the book. Lewis has authored several books that have subsequently turned into successful movies, including “Moneyball” and “The Big Short.”
Published in October 2018, “The Fifth Risk” detailed the alleged chaos in three government departments — agriculture, commerce, and energy — during the transition from the Obama to the Trump administration.
Comedian Adam Conover will partner with the Obamas for the series. He is the creator and host of truTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” Conover confirmed the partnership on Twitter.
“Very happy to finally be able to share this news: I’m creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. It’s called The G Word, and I can’t wait to share it with you,” Conover wrote, quoting the Deadline report.
Very happy to finally be able to share this news: I'm creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. It's called The G Word, and I can't wait to share it with you. https://t.co/cLppFdfoWS
— Adam Conover (@adamconover) November 19, 2020
There is no word yet on the release date of the show. It will feature comedy “mixed with documentary elements,” according to Deadline.
The show will “go inside the machine of government and introduce viewers to the civil servants who make it work. It will ask whether government is a dirty word or a trusted institution,” Deadline’s Peter White reported. The show will ostensibly be anti-Trump in nature.
“The United States government affects our lives in countless ways, from the food we eat to the money in our bank accounts. But despite the many hours we spend obsessing over politics, almost none of us know the first thing about the massive organization those politicians are supposed to run,” a synopsis for the series states. “Instead, ‘government’ has become a dirty word that we’d rather not talk or even think about… comedian Adam Conover serves up the antidote.”
“The G Word” is produced by Conover, Jon Cohen, Jon Wolf, and Higher Ground’s Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan.
The Obamas have a multimillion-dollar Netflix deal in place. Their first Netflix documentary “American Factory” hit the streaming service in 2019 and was widely considered an attack on Trump. The documentary focused on a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory “in the husk” of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and his wife are big donors and friends of the Obamas. They raised over half a million dollars for Obama’s 2012 campaign. Sarandos’ wife, Nicole Avant, was Obama’s ambassador to the Bahamas between 2009 and 2011.
Reed Hastings, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Netflix is also a supporter and fan of Obama. He donated $5,000 to Obama during the 2012 election. Hastings also endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, saying Trump’s victory “would destroy much of what is great about America.”