Tragedy plus time equals a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government.
After a year of pandemic denials, election turmoil, and skyrocketing unemployment, America’s favorite leaders, Barack and Michelle Obama, have announced a new comedy series about the transition that took place when Donald Trump became the president in 2016.
The G Word will go behind the headlines and give viewers a peek inside the workings of government. Comedian Adam Conover, host of the comedy-docu series Adam Ruins Everything, will host the new show.
The comedy series, called The G Word, is based on Michael Lewis’s book The Fifth Risk, which examines the early days of the Trump transition. The Obamas’ production company Higher Ground purchased the rights to the book in 2018. The book takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed. The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.
The G Word will begin filming in 2021 and is set to be part sketch comedy, part docu-series.
Despite the fact that this is set to be a funny show, the Obamas do not take the current transition lightly, as Michelle made clear in a recent Instagram post highlighting how she and Barack handled the 2016 election when Trump came into office:
“Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently—the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party. To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories—whether for personal or political gain—is to put our country’s health and security in danger. This isn’t a game.”