The President Show

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The President Show
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Genre Political satire
Created by Anthony Atamanuik
Directed by Andre Allen
Starring Anthony Atamanuik
Peter Grosz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Anthony Atamanuik
Peter Grosz
Adam Pally
Jason Ross
Olivia Gerke
Josh Lieberman
Greg Walter
Location(s) NEP Penn Studios, New York City
Running time approx. 21 mins (excl. commercials)
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27) – present
External links
www.cc.com/shows/the-president-show

The President Show is a television comedy series that premiered on Comedy Central on April 27, 2017. The show is created by and stars Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump, the President of the United States.[1][2] Peter Grosz co-stars as Mike Pence, the Vice President. It airs on Thursday nights at midnight (EST), following The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.[3]

Development

Atamanuik in character as Trump (left) and James Adomian in character as Bernie Sanders (right) in June 2016

Atamanuik began impersonating Trump during the 2016 United States presidential campaign. In a series called Trump vs. Bernie, Atamanuik challenged James Adomian, who played Bernie Sanders, in mock debates. The two toured the United States and appeared on television. They went on Comedy Central's @midnight in March 2016, and had a one-hour sketch special on Fusion in May 2016.[4] Atamanuik also appeared by himself as Trump on several shows during the campaign, including @midnight, The Chris Gethard Show[5] and The View.[6]

The series is produced by Clone Wolf Productions and directed by Andre Allen. The executive producers are Atamanuik, Grosz, Adam Pally, Jason Ross, Olivia Gerke, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter. The show will be presented in the typical format of a late-night talk show, including desk segments, field pieces, and guest interviews.[7] The show's writers are Atamaniuk, Grosz, Ross, John Gemberling, Mitra Jouhari, Christine Nangle, Rae Sanni, Evan Waite, Neil Casey, and Emmy Blotnick.[8]

Comedy Central conducted a viral marketing campaign to advertise the show by inserting footage in episodes of The Daily Show and @midnight to make it appear the network had been hacked; footage shown included a web address with a Russian country code, which redirected to The President Show's Twitter account.[7]

Format

Introduced as "the fourty-fifth and final President of the United States", Atamanuik as Donald Trump begins each episode at a "press-conference" set, during which he announces tonight's theme and a catchphrase "Let's roll!", which signals transitioning to the title sequence. After the opening, "Trump" is shown in the Oval Office set, accompanied by Peter Grosz as Mike Pence, and the two perform a segment pertaning to the recent week's news. Next, a pre-taped segment is shown with either "Trump", "Pence" or both on-location interacting with various groups of people in-character. After that, "Trump" interviews a guest at a Mar-a-Lago set. Finally, back in the "Oval Office" "Trump" and "Pence" deliver a farewell address, often taking form of a sketch, which transitions into the closing credits.

Cast

Besides Atamanuik and Grosz, recurring characters include Adomian reprising his Sanders impression, John Gemberling as Steve Bannon, and Mario Cantone as Anthony Scaramucci.

Episodes

No. Guest Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Keith Olbermann April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27) 0.639[9]
The president breaks down who's being nice and who isn't and pays a visit to the "real" New York, and Keith Olbermann stops by to discuss his web series, The Resistance with Keith Olbermann. Theme: America First
2 Dan Savage May 4, 2017 (2017-05-04) 0.394[10]
The president signs some executive orders that he thought of all by himself, befriends a portrait of Andrew Jackson, and talks dirty with Savage Lovecast host Dan Savage. Theme: Surprise!
3 Linda Sarsour May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 0.566[11]
The president reacts to what the crooked media is saying about him, makes some new besties, and sits down with co-chair of the 2017 Women's March Linda Sarsour. And in a homage to Psycho, Trump is haunted by the voice of his mother (Anthony Atamanuik). Theme: Mothers
4 Deepak Chopra May 18, 2017 (2017-05-18) 0.510[12]
The president receives a visit from a frumpy old friend, then getting a guided lesson in meditation and self-realization following a sit down with You Are the Universe author Deepak Chopra. Theme: Intelligence
5 S. E. Cupp May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25) 0.322[13]
The president goes on a journey overseas, shows off his souvenirs from other world leaders and chats with S.E. Cupp about America's mistrust of the media. Theme: My Journey
6 Michael Eric Dyson June 1, 2017 (2017-06-01) 0.484[14]
The president shakes up his inner circle, makes a big deal on the golf course, and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson stops by to discuss white privilege in America. Theme: Loyalty
7 Evan McMullin June 8, 2017 (2017-06-08) 0.434[15]
The president dodges questions about James Comey, visits his pals in the Land of Fake Believe and sits down with former CIA operative Evan McMullin. Theme: Stunt
8 Bassem Youssef June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15) 0.419[16]
The president turns his daily briefing into a game show, visits his hometown and sits down with political satirist Bassem Youssef to discuss escaping persecution in Egypt. Theme: Party
9 Matt Walsh June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) 0.429[17]
The president finds out from Steve Bannon (John Gemberling) who is a witch and who isn't; holds auditions for a defense lawyer with Gloria Allred, Alan Dershowitz and Ron Kuby; and tries an improv scene with Veep star Matt Walsh. Theme: Witch Hunt
10 Matt Taibbi July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13) 0.404[18]
The president addresses the press about a "horrible virus" plaguing Americans and his son Donald Trump Jr., signs important executive orders and sits down with Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi. Theme: Containment
11 Joy Behar July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) 0.414[19]
The president reacts to what the crooked media is saying about him, meets up with former mobsters and sits down with The View co-host Joy Behar. Theme: Made in America
12 Carole Radziwill July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27) 0.492[20]
The president introduces his fun new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci (Mario Cantone), finds out what the American people think of him and sits down with reality TV star Carole Radziwill. Theme: Reality
13 Ana Marie Cox August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03) 0.429[21]
The president addresses the concerns about chaos in the White House, hosts a game night for his best friends as a giant John F. Kelly looks for Scaramucci, and sits down with political columnist Ana Marie Cox. Theme: Chaos
14 DeRay McKesson August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24) 0.414[22]
The president breaks down who's being nice and who isn't with Steve Bannon adding his spin on it, visits his friends and hero Scapegoat in the magical Land of Fake Believe, and sits down with activist DeRay Mckesson. Theme: Civility
15 Nina Turner August 31, 2017 (2017-08-31) 0.525[23]
The president praises brave acts by the greatest Americans in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, visits an etiquette school and sits down with Our Revolution president Nina Turner. Theme: Leadership
Special N/A September 21, 2017 (2017-09-21) N/A
"A Nation in Pieces"
Clip show looking back at some of the best moments from The President Show.
16 Frank Rich September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28) 0.268[24]
The president looks back on a disastrous week, learns about the impeachment process from Rep. Brad Sherman and sits down with Veep executive producer Frank Rich. Theme: Flag
17 Paul Rieckhoff October 5, 2017 (2017-10-05) 0.254[25]
It's a somber week as the president screams at the TV, tackles basic training with transgender vets and sits down with veterans advocate Paul Rieckhoff. Theme: Why?
18 Ana Kasparian October 19, 2017 (2017-10-19) 0.275[26]
The president's trip to a psychologist takes a dark turn. Theme: Friends

Reception

The President Show has a Metacritic score of 58 out of 100, indicating that it has received "mixed or average reviews" from critics.[27] On the website Rotten Tomatoes, the show's first season has a score of 56% based on 9 reviews.[28]

The series premiere had one million viewers over the course of three days and the show averages about 870,000 viewers. On May 23, 2017, Comedy Central extended the episode order by an additional seven.[29]

References

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  2. ^ Garber, Megan (April 3, 2017). "'Donald Trump' Gets a Comedy Central Series". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "With 'The President Show,' Comedy Central commits to peak Trump". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (April 29, 2016). "Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian have turned 'Trump vs Bernie' into a comedy hit". LA Times. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Donald Trump Makes Yuge Announcement (The Chris Gethard Show)". YouTube. May 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Donald Trump' Surprises Joy Behar For Her Birthday (The View)". YouTube. October 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Comedy Central Launches Weekly Trump-Aimed Late-Night Show". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
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  20. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 28, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.27.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  21. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 4, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.3.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  22. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 25, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.24.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  23. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 1, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.31.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  24. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 29, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.28.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  25. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 6, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.5.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  26. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 19, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.19.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 
  27. ^ "The President Show". Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  28. ^ "The President Show: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  29. ^ "Comedy Central Orders More Episodes of ‘The President Show’". Variety. May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • The President Show on IMDb
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