Showtime Is Releasing 2 Docuseries Based on Trump’s Favorite Twitter Rant Topics

This fall, the network will examine presidents and the FBI and outspoken NBA athletes

The uneasy relationship between U.S. presidents and their FBI directors will be the subject of a new Showtime docuseries. Getty Images
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This fall, Showtime is turning two of Donald Trump’s favorite Twitter targets into docuseries.

The premium cable network will air a docuseries in November that looks at the conflicts between U.S. presidents and the FBI, as well as one in October focusing on the political evolution of NBA athletes, which is executive produced by LeBron James.

David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, announced both projects today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.

The presidency/FBI series—tentatively titled Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBI—is inspired by Tim Weiner’s book, Enemies: A History of the FBI,  and “tackles the long, complex history of presidents, from Richard Nixon to the current occupant of the White House, testing the rule of law and the FBI’s efforts to enforce it,” said Nevins, joking that the program was “mildly timely.”

The four-part series will debut on Sunday, Nov. 18 and cover the uneasy relationships between certain presidents and their respective FBI directors, from Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to Trump and James Comey. Trump routinely bashes Comey, whom he fired in May 2017, and the “lying” FBI on Twitter.

Oscar and Emmy award-winning director Alex Gibney interviewed current and former officials for Enemies, along with journalists who broke the stories. The series will also include archival video, audio and photos that will be juxtaposed with “short, stylized reconstructed scenes” depicting some of these historical events.

Showtime will also air a new documentary series Shut Up and Dribble, from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter. It will also be directed by directed by Gotham Chopra, who also did the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse.

The title comes from what Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on-air about James in February after he criticized Trump’s decision to uninvite the Golden State Warriors to the White House after their victory in last year’s NBA Finals. Premiering in October, the three-part series “is a powerful inside look at the changing role of African-American athletes in this fraught political environment, through the lens of the NBA,” said Nevins.

Shut Up and Dribble “gained new relevance with this weekend’s Twitter storm,” said Nevins. Trump attacked James on Twitter Friday night after James told CNN’s Don Lemon that the president is “using sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to.”

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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