Fusion Orders Two Web Series and ‘The Democracy Handbook’ Starring Bassem Youssef
Fusion just added some new shows to its slate, including a series starring Bassem Youssef AKA “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” The network announced today that it’s signed a production deal with Youssef, which includes an order for a new digital series/television special combo called The Democracy Handbook. The show will follow Youssef as “as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy, so he can import them back to the Middle East — but learns our democracy isn’t quite as great as he thought.” The Daily Show and Adam Ruins Everything’s Kathy Egan will produce, and the series will premiere sometime in the spring and run as part of Fusion’s 2016 election coverage. “Discussing, exposing and satirizing the political scene here in the States is something I am very excited about and hopefully I will be able to get Fusion in trouble along the way,” Youssef said on the news. “Between issues like guns, white supremacist militias and Donald Trump, I am certain we won’t be lacking in any material.”
In addition to The Democracy Handbook, Fusion has also ordered two web series to premiere on its digital platform F-Comedy.com — a six-part web series from UCB Comedy called UCB-IRL, which will “involve social experiments that explore the complexity of modern life — from technology to racial tokenism, and alcohol consumption to vasectomies” and a five-episode series called Internet History, which will explore “what would happen if God had a Facebook feed and could check in on important events throughout human history.” Bassem Youssef helped develop the series with Michelle Glavan and YouTube sketch group Sasquatch Sketch Comedy.