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‘Orange is the New Barack’ and other Obamas’ Netflix ideas

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Image caption Perhaps Michelle could star in a new series of Glow-bama?

A buddy cop show with Joe Biden, an “elaborate recasting” for House of Cards, and a “shot-for-shot remake” of the Apprentice.

These are just some of the ideas suggested for former US President Barack Obama after it was reported he and his wife Michelle are in talks to produce content for Netflix.

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‘Orange is the New Barack’ and other Obamas’ Netflix ideas
‘Orange is the New Barack’ and other Obamas’ Netflix ideas

The New York Times said one possible approach was for Mr Obama to moderate debates on issues such as healthcare, climate change and immigration.

But if he decides to go in a different direction, there is no shortage of ideas for his potential career on the digital streaming service, which is already gaining traction after the positive reception for his interview with David Letterman in January.

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I’d be happy to watch this show. I did see his interview with Letterman on Netflix, and I realized how much I missed such a calm, thoughtful, and engaging exchange of ideas between two sane, articulate people.

— Octobertraveler (@octobertraveler) March 9, 2018

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The news was well received on Reddit’s subsection dedicated to television programmes, with one user joking he now expected to see Mr Obama in the third season of Netflix’s horror-fantasy series Stranger Things.

Some people imagined him appearing as the Demobama – or the Dem, Obama – a play on the show’s Demogorgon creature, although one person suggested he might be better suited to the role of monster-slayer in a different Netflix show.

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I’m calling it now, Obama saves the day in the series finale of House of Cards. At the very least, he kills a Demogorgon. https://t.co/Dn7mO0f9yA

— Jeff Breuer (@EntertainMeJeff) March 9, 2018

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This was not the only person who made the House of Cards connection, as a Twitter user took things a step further with the aid of Photoshop.

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Barack Obama’s Netflix show is actually just an elaborate recasting for House of Cards Season 6 pic.twitter.com/tOx0TlYJ0Z

— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 9, 2018

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The obvious suggestion was for Mr Obama to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has several shows on Netflix, but it was pointed out not only has Obama already made a comic-book appearance for IDW, he has also appeared in a six-page story in Marvel’s Spider-Man comic.

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Two cool covers! The Amazing Spider-Man issue #583 variant cover by Phil Jimenez, and The Amazing Spider-Man issue #1 variant cover by Garrett Blair!

Happy #MarvelMonday! #Marvel#Spiderman#America#Obama#Trumppic.twitter.com/zgo6ktayM1

— 🇺🇸Cy Last Name Here🏳️‍🌈 (@CyThatNerd) January 22, 2018

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And some suggested Mr Obama might be best suited to a role in Star Wars, after Disney recently announced plans for another series in the franchise.

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Disney, earlier today: Yep, we’re moving forward on a ‘Star Wars’ show for our new streaming service. Your move, Netflix.

Netflix, just now: OBAMA

— Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) March 9, 2018

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Other suggestions online included an “Obama and Biden buddy cop show,” a “gritty Swedish noir,” and an elevator pitch for a cooking show “where he has no idea how to cook”.

“It’s just an hour of him trying not to burn the house down,” continues the post, “while Michelle and Morgan Freeman get drunk and act as narrators with a celebrity guest trying to take control, but Obama just keeps butting in and making up presidential stories that never happened.”

The idea brought the reply: “Well, Barack, you are an odd fellow but I must say; you steam a good ham,” (in reference to the current vogue for odd variations on YouTube for the Steamed Ham scene from the Simpsons).

Perhaps the most unlikely of all was a pitch for the Obamas’ Netflix show to be “a shot-for-shot remake of the Apprentice“, but one podcaster was ready to suggest problems in the making with Donald Trump and an executive order aimed at the Federal Communications Commission.

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FUTURE NEWS: Trump orders FCC to shutdown Netflix over news that Obama gets higher ratings than “The Apprentice”

— BAW (@BAWnotNPR) March 9, 2018

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And fans of tortured puns will be pleased to hear there were plenty to go around, with suggestions including “Orange is the New Barack“, and a different take on a Charlie Brooker programme.

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Barack Mirror is about to be the most watched show ever. https://t.co/wTKGxWCdv1

— Travon Free (@Travon) March 9, 2018

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