HBO taps ‘Pod Save America’ hosts for election specials
HBO has already brought one hit podcast (2 Dope Queens) to its slate of comedy specials this year, so it makes sense they’d look to another one for new content. Pod Save America will bring the hosts (and maybe the format) of its twice-weekly political podcast to the network with a new series of specials. Co-hosts will include Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer and National Security spokesperson Tommy Vietor, as well as Jon Lovett, a producer for HBO’s political drama, The Newsroom.
The HBO version of Pod Save America will consist of four hour-long specials that will focus on the 2018 midterm elections. The podcast itself debuted when Donald Trump was inaugurated in January of last year, and has garnered 175 million downloads with guests like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
“The best part of Pod Save America is taking the show on the road and meeting activists, candidates and people who are getting involved in politics for the first time,” said Favreau, Lovett and Vietor in a statement. “They know that the 2018 midterms are the most important elections of our lifetime, and the energy and excitement on the campaign trail is infectious. We are so grateful that HBO is taking a chance on us, even though these live shows will have so few dragons and sex robots.”