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Glenn Beck Wants To Be A Cartoon? Huh. I Thought He Already Was.

By Rob Payne | Industry | November 16, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | November 16, 2011 |

When Glenn Beck was unceremoniously shitcanned quit departed Fox News earlier this year, thanks in no small part to viewers like you who signed petitions and loudly balled up your fists while he said ever more stupid things (oh, and because advertisers were abandoning him in droves), the ultra-conservative talk show host immediately began his Internet empire with GBTV. I’m fairly certain that stands for Glenn Beck Television, or Glenn Beck TV, but since it isn’t actually on TV, I guess the company only goes by the initials for its website? Not that I’m one to judge, as Beck gets over 230,000 subscribers to watch his “network’s” original programming, which mainly includes radio shows/podcasts that are also being recorded videographically.

Now that he has sadly proven himself to be a viable market all on his own, Beck wants to make his very own animated series. Roger Ailes’ former golden child is currently partnered with Icebox, an independent production house founded by former and current TV writers John Collier (“The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill”) and Horward Gordon (“24,” “Homeland”), so he’s in fairly good hands to make something halfway decent. At least, in terms of production value and professionalism. According to THR, the newly formed partnership is still “brainstorming” ideas and haven’t settled on a premise, though a version of “American Dad” with a Teabag Party slant would surely be the most obvious (and therefore most likely) route.

This could end be a bit of redundant programming, however, even though no one involved seems to realize it. Has anyone asked the question of, Why does Glenn Beck, of all people, need a cartoon, even if only as a web series that preaches to his apocalyptic choir? Aren’t his absurd and cynical real life antics already cartoonish enough, and won’t an actual cartoon dilute the pathetic desperation of his message? Oh, right. I guess that’s the point. After all, a talking elephant that openly wonders if President Obama really does hate white people is too adorable to be offensive.

Seriously, Glenn Beck is an evil genius.

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He really hates that man.

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