Brooklyn-based Gimlet Media, the company behind hit podcasts such as Reply All, Homecoming, The Nod and StartUp, has set its spring slate with three new original series. They are Sandra, a scripted fiction series starring Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids) and Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Arrested Development), simulated Mars mission docudrama The Habitat, and We Came to Win, the company’s first sports podcast.
Written by Kevin Moffett and Mathew Derby, Sandra follows Helen Perera (Shawkat), a new hire at Orbital Teledynamics– the company behind Sandra (Wiig), the world’s most intuitive virtual assistant. As one of thousands of Sandra operators, Helen spends her days peeking into the world of Sandra users, helping them navigate their questions and demands. One problem: the users don’t know she’s real. Christopher Abbott, Ethan Hawke and Avi Rothman also star. Mimi O’Donnell is Gimlet’s Executive Producer, Scripted Fiction.
Serialized nonfiction podcast The Habitat, hosted by Lynn Levy, explores the lives of six individuals isolated for one year inside a small dome in Hawaii on a simulated Mars mission. While there, they will work to help researchers understand what life might be like on the red planet — and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real.
All episodes of Sandra and The Habitat will premiere April 18.
We Came To Win dives deep into the societal impact and political implications behind some of the most fabled soccer matches of all time, all ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The sports podcast is hosted by Nando Vila, soccer journalist and host of Fusion’s Happy Ending with Nando Vila.
Three episodes of We Came to Win will premiere on Wednesday, April 25 with seven weekly installments to follow leading up to the 2018 World Cup.
Gimlet Media’s flagship series StartUp returns for Season 7 on April 27.
In addition, Gimlet Media announced GimletFest, the company’s first live festival representing what it says will be the best of Gimlet Media brought to life. The event will be held at the BRIC Arts and Media Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 2018.