Lil’ Bush, Comedy Central’s new animated series featuring lil’ versions of President Bush and his cabinet set to premiere next week, is notable for a few reasons: For one, it was originally developed as a series of “mobisodes” for the plummeting Amp’d Mobile, apparently making it the first show to transition from “mobisode” to TV series.
Two, Iggy Pop does the voice for “Lil’ Rummy,” with Dave Grohl, Frank Black of the Pixies, Jeff Tweedy from Wilco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all slated to be guest voices in future episodes.
It’s also the second show of late to portray President Bush as prepubescent (an episode of MTV’s Human Giant included a skit called Lil 9/11, a mock film about the September 11th attacks featuring children playing the roles of George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden.)
In terms of a full-on series spoofing the President, though, Comedy Central has its own history against it: remember That’s My Bush? The Comedy Central “live action” sitcom produced by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone lasted just one season in 2001. “The cost per ratings point was just too expensive” at about $700,000 per episode, according to a Comedy Central spokeperson at the time of cancellation.