According to the hosts of Bingeworthy, TBS has a hit comedy on its hands with People of Earth.
During the latest episode of Bingeworthy, the new series from the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network, hosts Jessica Shaw (EW Radio on SiriusXM) and Touré (MSNBC’s The Cycle) discussed the off-the-wall comedic sci-fi series as a tentpole for TBS original programming, which they also say is a testament to the influence of Jon Stewart.
Following a group of oddballs who claim they have experienced the presence of aliens, the series boasts an impressive cast of actors driving the quirky story. Wyatt Cenac plays Ozzie Graham, a journalist skeptical of the alien myths. “Wyatt is really smart and really funny,” said Touré of the series star best known for his time on The Daily Show. “I got sort of swept up like I was experienced by the aliens.”
The human characters may be the most recognizable, but the aliens aren’t easy to forget, with their extra-terrestrial jobs played like a normal office gig. “They’re awesome,” said Shaw. “How great is the one alien that looks like Nelson, with, like, the long blond hair.” David Jenkins created the show, which is being executive produced by Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels of The Office and Parks and Recreation. Daniels is bringing a similar ensemble feel here as those popular NBC comedies, with each character having his or her own memorable moments.
“I really have a lot of faith in TBS,” said Shaw after watching the series. With Full Frontal with Samantha Bee also on the network, both hosts point out the presence of Jon Stewart, as “he’s launched all these careers, from Samantha to Wyatt.”
People of Earth, which premiered Monday night on TBS, also stars Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Cassidy, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Brian Huskey, Nancy Lenehan, Tracee Chimo, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Björn Gustafsson and Ken Hall.
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