Fox to Air Election Puppet Special From Robert Smigel

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Fox will premiere an election-themed puppet special called Let’s Be Real Oct. 1. Robert Smigel is an executive producer. The special will cover politics, pop culture and the election through sketches featuring puppets, celebrities and remote pieces. Propagate is producing. 

Fox said Let’s Be Real is the first venture between its scripted and unscripted departments. 

“Robert Smigel is a uniquely gifted creator, and, as the election approaches, we are so excited to be working with him on bringing a new take on the current discourse taking place across the political spectrum,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment, Fox, and Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials. “This project also marks an important partnership for our scripted and unscripted departments, and we hope this is but the first in a long line of collaborations between our two teams.”

Smigel is behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. 

“I am a uniquely gifted creator, and, as the election approaches, they are so excited to be working with me on bringing a new take on the current discourse taking place across the political spectrum,” said Smigel. “Oh, yeah -- for me to poop on.” 

Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healy are executive producers on behalf of Propagate; Gerald-Brice Viret is executive producing for Canal+; and Arnaud Renard and Matthieu Porte of Can’t Stop Media also exec produce. Bruce Leddy directs the special.     

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.