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Obamas set to produce Netflix sketch comedy series 'based on anti-Trump book'

"It will ask whether government is a dirty word or a trusted institution,” according to entertainment news site Deadline.

Updated: November 22, 2020 - 6:25am

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Barack and Michelle Obama are set to produce a Netflix sketch comedy series expected to be "loosely based on an anti-Trump book that portrays the chaos that reportedly erupted after President Trump won the 2016 election," according to a Fox News report.

The former first couple in 2018 acquired the rights to author Michael Lewis' book "The Fifth Risk." The nonfiction book "examines the transition and political appointments of the Donald Trump presidency, especially with respect to three government agencies: the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce," an entry on Wikipedia says.

Comedian Adam Conover, who will join the Obamas for the series, confirmed a Deadline report 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, adding a link to the Deadline story.

"The streamer has ordered The G Word with Adam Conover, which will go inside the machine of government and introduce viewers to the civil servants who make it work," Deadline reported. "It will ask whether government is a dirty word or a trusted institution."

The series, set to go into production in 2021, will feature comedy "mixed with documentary elements," according to Deadline.

Lewis is best known as the author of "Moneyball" and "The Big Short," both of which were turned into highly acclaimed movies.

The Obamas have a multimillion-dollar Netflix deal under the name Higher Ground Productions. Their first Netflix documentary "American Factory" aired in 2019 and was "considered an attack on Trump," Fox News reported. "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."

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