“I was told this starts with the Pledge of Allegiance,” Cenac chastized the TV critics, calling them “a bunch of Canadians.”
David Jenkins explained he conceived of People Of Earth after reading an article about an alien abduction support group that meets in the basement of a church. “I thought it could be a fun group of people to focus on” because the people “Seem like reasonably normal people, realtors, they have jobs and lose their keys in the couch.” In the spec script he described it as a cross between Greg Daniela and JJ Abrams type show and he wrote the lead character with Cenac in mind. Cenac and Daniels signed on “which is freakish.”
People of Earth is a new original comedy about a support group for alien abductees. The show centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realizes there is truth in 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.
One show staffer talks to people with some regularity who claim to have been abducted. “She came into my office the toehr day and said she’d talked to someone who really wanted to talk to me about this,” Jenkins said. The women claimed the aliens took her ovaries. “There’s something deeply tragic about that,” he said, noting “it’s amazing that person has a job and a life, and buys groceries and that’ pretty interesting.’
“And they’re all voting Trump,” snarked cast member Oscar Nunez.
“USA! USA!” Cenac began to shout, while waiving his Trump-ian flag.
Cast member Ana Gastayer began to sing:
“for spacious skies,
“for amber waves of grain…“
“This wouldn’t have happened if you’d all just done the Pledge of Allegiance. Hollywood liberals!” Cenac preached, still brandishing the Stars and Stripes.
TCA: 11 more days to go.
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