TBS has given a series order to People of Earth, a comedy series from producers three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Conan O’Brian (Conan, The Simpsons), five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and eight-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Jeff Ross (Eagleheart, The Kids in the Hall). No premiere date has been announced, but the network has ordered ten episodes for a first season. Created by David Jensen, the series will follow a reporter who investigates a support group for alien abductees.
“Having Greg Daniels executive-produce and direct a project for us at such an early stage in the network’s evolution is huge,” said Brett Weitz, TBS’ executive vice president of original programming. “His keen ability to assemble a brilliant ensemble cast has obviously worked well in the past. 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.”
Starring three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Daytime Emmy Award winner Oscar Nuñez (The Office, The 33), Michael Cassidy (The OC, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Alice Wetterlund (Girl Code, The Interview), Luka Jones (The Campaign, Up All Night), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Brian Huskey (Neighbors, This Is the End), Nancy Lenehan (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Catch Me if You Can), Tracee Chimo (Orange is the New Black, The Five-Year Engagement), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Selfie, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Björn Gustafsson (Spy, Kung Fury) and Ken Hall (A Christmas Horror Story, Mistletoe Over Manhatten), the series follows “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.”