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The Obamas are in talks to make shows for Netflix

The shows they would potentially make would 'highlight inspirational stories.'


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Mar 9, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:19 pm CDT

Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks with Netflix to create content for the streaming platform, the New York Times is reporting.

The deal, which has yet to be finalized, would see the Obamas make “a series of high-profile shows.” Details are scarce so it’s unknown how many shows the Obamas would work on, what the shows would be about, the number of episodes those shows would have, or exactly what role the Obamas would play in those shows, but sources have said that the programming would “highlight inspirational stories.” His platform on Netflix wouldn’t be used by Obama to address critics or political opponents (including Donald Trump).

The possibilities are endless. Potential show ideas being considered range from Michelle Obama discussing nutrition to Obama hosting conversations that center around topics he’s passionate about. Part of the deal could just include endorsements of other programming by the Obamas.

While it’s unknown how much the deal is worth, Netflix has demonstrated it will sign major, multi-year deals with some of Hollywood’s top creatives to get their programming on Netflix including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

Obama has previously appeared on Netflix in the first episode of David Letterman’s new talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. And both Barack and Michelle Obama have memoirs in the works after signing a deal with Penguin Random House worth more than $60 million. Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, will be released on Nov. 13 while Obama’s memoir is set to be released spring 2019.

H/T New York Times

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*First Published: Mar 9, 2018, 7:29 am CST