Monday, March 16th was supposed to be the start date for the CBS All Access series, Tooning Out The News. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus concerns, production on the series has officially been halted and the premiere will be postponed until further notice. No word yet on a reschedule date/time. Unlike most animated series, Tooning Out The News and the tech being used to produce that show is a day-to-day basis event which involves numerous producers. With EP Stephen Colbert also putting a halt to his late-night show, the delay of Tooning Out The News would seemed to have been right behind it.
TOONING OUT THE NEWS will feature a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, mocking the news of the day and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers and analysts in daily five- to seven-minute segments, followed by a weekly full episode available every Friday. 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.
Confirmed guests for TOONING OUT THE NEWS include Dan Abrams, Alan Dershowitz, Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Rep. Barbara Lee, Olivia Nuzzi, Rep. Donna Shalala and Rep. Eric Swalwell.