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Obamas producing Netflix sketch comedy series based on 2018 Michael Lewis


The Obamas are producing a Netflix comedy series about the chaos of the 2016 Trump transition based on Michael Lewis’ book ‘The Fifth Risk’

  • The comedy series, The G Word with Adam Conover, is being produced by the power couple’s Higher Ground Productions 
  • It is expected to being production in early 2021 
  • Barack and Michelle acquired the rights to Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk back in 2018 
  • His 2018 book explored the political appointments of the Trump presidency and the effects they had on various departments
  • The series will also offer documentary elements as viewers learn more about the civil servants who work behind the scenes in government
  • Conover took to Twitter to confirm the news

Barack and Michelle Obama are teaming up with comedian Adam Conover on a Netflix series loosely inspired by Michael Lewis’ best-selling book The Fifth Risk- which looks into the chaos that unfolded as various appointments were done by President Trump.

The comedy series, The G Word with Adam Conover, is being produced by the power couple’s Higher Ground Productions. It is expected to being production in early 2021, Deadline reports. 

Barack and Michelle acquired the rights to Lewis’ book back in 2018 and the film will mark one of the production company’s first projects on the streaming service. Lewis is the best-selling author of The Big Short and Moneyball, which have both become revered movies.  

The comedy series, The G Word with Adam Conover, is being produced by the power couple’s Higher Ground Productions

The show was created by Fair Point and will be run by Adam Conover, along with Jon Cohen and Jon Wolf

The show was created by Fair Point and will be run by Adam Conover, along with Jon Cohen and Jon Wolf

His 2018 book explored the political appointments of the Trump presidency and the effects they had on various departments.

The series will also offer documentary elements as viewers learn more about the civil servants who work behind the scenes in government. 

Barack and Michelle acquired the rights to Lewis' book back in 2018

Barack and Michelle acquired the rights to Lewis’ book back in 2018

It was created by Fair Point and will be run by Conover, along with Jon Cohen and Jon Wolf. 

Higher Ground’s Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan are executive producing the show with the trio. 

Conover took to Twitter to confirm the news and also announce that his truTV show Adam Ruins Everything was coming to an end.

‘Very happy to finally be able to share this news: I’m creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government,’ he said in a Thursday Twitter thread. ‘It’s called The G Word, and I can’t wait to share it with you.’

‘This confirms what many of you have probably already guessed: Adam Ruins Everything’s season finale was also our series finale. I’m so proud of what our team accomplished on ARE, but it was time to take on a new challenge and prove we could tell even bigger stories.  

‘Thanks to @trutv for taking a chance on me, but most of all, thanks to our amazing team. ARE is the show it is because hundreds of writers, researchers, directors, DPs, PAs, & more put their creative all into it. It was the privilege of my life to be carried atop their shoulders. 

Conover took to Twitter to confirm the news and also announce that his truTV show Adam Ruins Everything was coming to an end

Conover took to Twitter to confirm the news and also announce that his truTV show Adam Ruins Everything was coming to an end

Earlier in May, the production company release the Michele Obama documentary Becoming on the streaming giant with resounding success. 

‘Becoming’ had been the latest release from Higher Ground Productions, the production company created by Barack and Michelle Obama. Their exclusive multi-film deal with Netflix has already proven fruitful. 

The Obamas first film, ‘American Factory,’ by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, earlier this year won the Academy Award for best documentary. The Obamas did not attend the Oscars, nor received a statuette. 

Higher Ground was also behind the acclaimed documentary ‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,’ by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham. 



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