Thursday, January 7, 2016

TBS Gives Series Order to Comedy 'People of Earth' Starring Wyatt Cenac

TBS has given a series order to scripted comedy People of Earth starring Wyatt Cenec, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The network has ordered 10 episodes, with a premiere date slated for 2016.

People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Cenac), who investigates a support group to write about the member's supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and possibly even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The onetime outsider now finds himself a part of this eclectic group of misfits, all the while struggling with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond our world.

The comedy also stars Ana Gasteyer, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Tracee Chimo, Oscar Nuñez, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Michael Cassidy and Nancy Lenehan.

David Jenkins created the series, and will serve as a co-executive producer. Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan and Dan Halsted are executive producers. Daniels also directed the pilot. Warner Horizon Television and Conaco produce.

"Having Greg Daniels executive produce and direct a project for us at such an early stage in the network's evolution is huge. His keen ability to assemble a brilliant ensemble cast has obviously worked well in the past," said Brett Weitz, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, TBS. "Since the launch of Conan, which has been a brand beacon for TBS for more than five years, we've been searching for just the right sophisticated and funny scripted comedy series to develop with our partners at Conaco. I believe we found that in this wonderfully original script by David Jenkins."