We’re getting the first look at Rutherford Falls, Peacock’s upcoming original comedy series from co-creators and exec producers Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation, The Good Place), Ed Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore). Peacock has slotted Thursday, April 22 for the series premiere.
The comedy centers around two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford, played by Helms, and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call. Michael Greyeyes (I Know This Much Is True), Jesse Leigh (Heathers) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek) also star.
The series represents a breakthrough in Native representation in comedy television both in front of and behind the camera with Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation), along with five Native writers staffing, comprising one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms on television. The writers include Schmieding, Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), and Tazbah Chavez (Nüümü [Bishop Paiute Tribe], Diné [Navajo], San Carlos Apache).
Schur, Helms and Ornelas executive produce with Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett. Rutherford Falls is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Pacific Electric Picture Company.
Check out the trailer above.
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