Barack and Michelle Obama — a couple that mastered the art of date night during their eight years in the White House — are helping bring a new kids’ food show to Netflix.
Higher Ground, the production company that was founded by the Obamas last year, is working on a half-hour series called Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.” One of the masterminds behind Drunk History, Jeremy Konner, is a co-creator of the show along with actress/producer Erika Thormahlen. Netflix has not announced whether this will be an animated or live action series, or when it will make its debut.
Over the last decade, the Obamas have devoted a lot of time and energy to getting kids to eat healthy food. During her eight years as the fist lady, Michelle launched a campaign called Let’s Move that encouraged families across America to exercise and cut the junk from their diets (and spawned a Beyoncé song); she also promoted clean eating on shows like Sesame Street and Iron Chef. Michelle also notably convinced the FDA to display information about added sugars on nutrition labels. Barack promoted healthy eating throughout his time in office, while also showing a general knack for entertaining children.
In addition to Listen to Your Vegetables, Higher Ground is also producing a Frederick Douglass biopic, a show about the post-World War II fashion scene, and an adaption of the New York Times obituary series “Overlooked,” among other projects. “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Barack remarked in a statement. The official word from Netflix is that these series will launch over the “next several years.”
While most of the details about Listen to Your Vegetables remain a mystery, one thing’s for certain: Barack and Michelle probably won’t be teaching the kids how to make pea guacamole.
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