Debris will premiere on Monday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, NBC announced during its first TCA panel on Tuesday. In addition to teasing the upcoming series and unveiling the premiere date, the Debris team also talked parallels to Fringe.
“There’s always going to be my DNA in the show,” Wyman, who serves as executive producer and showrunner said. “But it’s definitely its own thing.”
Like Fringe, Debris follows government officials as they investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind. Riann Steele will star as MI6’s Finola Jones and Jonathan Tucker as the CIA’s Bryan Beneventi.
While the series will feature different stories driven by the odd effects of the alien leftovers, Debris will see the relationship between the two leads develop and gain complexity as the show continues.
“Joel has given us this opportunity to kind of come in and discover the debris, but then it really opens
it up the rest of the episode and it’s fun for us as actors, for sure, but I think it’ll be fun for audiences to see and speaks to the kind of cable level sci-fi that we’ve become accustomed to that you can have, you can have a bit of both,” said Tucker.
During the panel Wyman and his two lead actors also spoke about starring in Debris as the United States and other parts of the world continue to struggle with the coronavirus. The showrunner said, thanks to NBC’s ability to follow Covid-19 safety protocols on set, he feels lucky to create during such difficult times. Steele and Tucker shared the same feelings of gratitude, noting that the “hurderes that we have to jump are really minuscule compared to what so many other people are dealing with.”
The panel concluded with Wyman, who also created Almost Human, discussing his love for the sci-fi genre. While it may be easy to get caught up in the spectacle of androids and aliens, Wyman said that science fiction can explain a lot about the human condition.
“After I saw Close Encounters I literally sat on my roof with my mother trying to find something…I’ve always been fascinated by space and that there’s got to be something more,” he said. “Maybe there’s a side of me that wishes that the world was a little bit more advanced as far as how we all get along and how it all makes sense.”
Wyman executive produces through his Frequency Films alongside Jason Hoffs. Legendary and Universal Television co-produces with Frequency Films.
See the teaser for Debris below.