Created by David Jenkins and directed by Daniels, People Of Earth, from O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Horizon, stars Wyatt Cenac as skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham, 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.
Gina Morrison (Ana Gasteyer), a part-time therapist, runs the support group. Her regulars include Kelly Grady (Alice Wetterlund), an obliviously attractive goofball; Gerry Johnson (Luka Jones), an amiable social dropout, tollbooth worker and enthusiastic expert on all things alien; Richard Shenk (Brian Huskey), a tech company employee convinced his wife is held captive by aliens; Margaret Flood (Nancy Lenehan), a retiree taking full advantage of her newfound sexual freedom at a retirement community; Chelsea Healey (Tracee Chimo), a model housewife with a dark side; Yvonne Watson (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), a successful door-to-door cosmetics saleswoman; Don the White (Björn Gustafsson), a tall barista with a ponytail, alabaster skin and what some might call an otherworldly capacity for positive thinking; and Jeff the Grey (Ken Hall), an extremely pragmatic guy who’s ready and willing to serve as logistics manager for any potential alien invaders.
Gina’s support group meets in the community room of Our Lady of Sorrows in the small town of Beacon, renting the space through Father Doug (Oscar Nuñez). Also playing a role in Ozzie’s life is his gregarious boss, Jonathan Walsh (Michael Cassidy), who harbors an even greater secret of his own.
“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, EVP of original programming for TBS. “His keen ability to assemble a brilliant ensemble cast has obviously worked well in the past,” he said, referring to Daniels’ hit The Office. “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.”
Also executive producing the series are Jeff Ross, David Kissinger and Larry Sullivan. Jenkins co-executive produces.
People Of Earth joins TBS’ new 2016 comedy series Angie Tribeca, The Detour and Wrecked.