2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Daily Show' Alum Wyatt Cenac to Topline TBS Alien Pilot From 'Office' Boss
Wyatt Cenac is moving from The Daily Show to TBS.
The former Daily Show writer and correspondent has been tapped to topline the Turner-owned cable network's comedy pilot The Group, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Group revolves around a support group for people who think they have been abducted by aliens. The group is the subject of a snarky feature piece by skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones (Wyatt Cenac), but the more he digs into the oddballs' claims, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes.
Cenac — who recently revealed his clash with Jon Stewart — will star as Jones, a curious, accomplished and serious-minded staff journalist in the town of Beacon who finds himself pulled into the fringe world of alien abductees, or "experiencers," as they like to be called.
The pilot also has enlisted:
Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley, The Interview) as Kelly Grady, a goofball who doesn't know quite how attractive she actually is, and a perpetual temp who perpetually dates perpetual assholes.
Luka Jones (Up All Night, BFF) as Gerry Johnson, an amiable social dropout, tollbooth worker and enthusiastic expert on all things alien.
Tracee Chimo (Orange Is the New Black) as Chelsea Healey, a strange, high-strung soul in the body of a model housewife who is hiding something much darker and weirder.
The Office alum Oscar Nunez as Father Doug, a "hip" priest who manages the community room rentals at Our Lady of Sorrows in Beacon.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Selfie) as Yvonne Watson, one of the more successful door-to-door cosmetic salespeople on the Eastern seaboard.
Marylouise Burke (Flesh and Bone) as Margaret Flood, a retiree who is taking full advantage of her newfound sexual freedom after moving into a retirement community in Beacon.
Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) as Gina Morrison, a competent, dedicated and thorough therapist who has taken a few wrong turns in life, lost her accreditation and is now running a support group for alien abductees while also working part-time at a home furnishing chain store.
The Group (working title) is produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco in association with Warner Horizon Television. O'Brien, Jeff Ross (Conan), David Kissinger (Eagleheart), Dan Halsted (Sunshine State, Any Given Sunday) and director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) serve as executive producers on the pilot, which was written by co-executive producer David Jenkins.
Cenac is repped by UTA and Avalon Management; Wetterlund is with APA and 3Arts Entertainment; Chimo is with Lasher Group and Innovative Artists; Jones with 3Arts; Randolph with Lighthouse Entertainment and Paradigm; Nunez with Omnipop Talent Group; Burke with BRS/Gage; and Gasteyer with Gersh.