Barack and Michelle Obama “in talks” for Netflix series
VOD News | On 10, Mar 2018
With The West Wing but a distant memory, Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor is the closest thing we have to a likeable US President on our screens – after all, it’s been a long time we had Barack Obama on the news every night beamed over from the White House. But hope may be on the horizon, as the New York Times reports that Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks with Netflix to produce shows for the streaming service.
Some politicians hit the dinner speech circuit. Others release memoirs. Obama? He’s going to Netflix. The former President is no stranger to the streaming service, after appearing on David Letterman’s talk show for the site, marking his first talk show interview since leaving the Oval Office. Now, he and the former First Lady are reportedly in negotiations to reunite with the service.
Nothing is known about what form any series would take – suggestions below, please – although reports say that it won’t be a platform directly criticising Trump, and there’s no idea on the terms of any deal, and what kind of financial amount would be involved, if any at all. But what we do know is that it would give the Obamas a platform reaching 118 million people worldwide – an effective riposte to the mainstream airwaves of Fox News.
The New York Times suggests that it could be a show that focuses on uplifting stories, or that it might see Obama moderate debates on such issues as climate change and immigration. What it would do, though, is build upon the President’s existing reach on social media, with more than 100 million Twitter followers – far more than Donald Trump’s 48.8 million.
Speaking to the BBC, Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, did not confirm the talks but did comment on the idea: “President and Mrs Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire. Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”