Sacha Baron Cohen will return to television on Sunday at 10 p.m. with the premiere of his new Showtime series, “Who Is America?”
14 years after “Da Ali G Show” ended its two-season run on HBO, Cohen’s new series for Showtime is billed to follow a similar format of covert, satirical interviews with unsuspecting guests.
Cohen first previewed the show last week with a cryptic Twitter video that featured Donald Trump mocking Cohen.
On Monday, Showtime confirmed the series will be called “Who Is America?,” and Cohen teased an interview with former vice president Dick Cheney.
On Tuesday, Sarah Palin wrote a Facebook post saying that Cohen had “duped” her and her daughter into participating in an interview for the show, which looks like it will feature a number of other prominent guests, including Bernie Sanders.
Here’s everything we know about Cohen’s new Showtime series:
The seven-episode series has been more than a year in the making
On Monday, Cohen released a promotional clip on Twitter announcing the debut of a show that had been more than a year in the making.
“Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year,” read the text of the clip.
Showtime officially announced on Tuesday that the series, titled “Who Is America?,” will have a seven episode first season.
Per a release, the show, written and directed by Cohen, “will explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.”
It will feature new characters from Cohen
Showtime previewed “Who Is America?” in a clip this week that teased images of new character disguises from Cohen.
Cohen previously said that he would abandon the characters that originated from “Da Ali G Show,” including Borat, Ali G, and Brüno — each of which received its own feature film in the years following the HBO show’s final season.
We know that at least one of Cohen’s characters for the new series will resemble a “disabled US Veteran,” according to Sarah Palin’s account of her interview for the show.
In a release, Showtime described the show’s “lead character” as “shameless,” “unhinged” and “cold-blooded.”
Dick Cheney signs a “waterboard kit” in his interview for the show
In a teaser video Cohen released on Monday, an off-screen Cohen interviews former vice president Dick Cheney.
In the clip, Cohen asks Cheney to sign a “waterboard kit,” which Cheney does with a smile and says, “That’s the first time I ever signed a waterboard.”
Another promotional clip released this week showed Cheney facing the camera and saying, “I hope you’ll tune in next week for an interview with me.”
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'Borat' comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's explosive new TV series has duped the likes of Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney