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Britain’s Sky 1 on Wednesday announced casting for its new comedic drama Apocalypse Slough and said NBC will air it in the U.S.
The cast includes talent from both sides of the Atlantic, including Rob Lowe (West Wing), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans, Yonderland), Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather), Paterson Joseph (Peep Show) and Joel Fry (Game of Thrones).
Creator and lead writer for the series is Iain Hollands (Beaver Falls) with Michael Engler (30 Rock) serving as lead director who will direct the first two episodes. The 10-episode hourlong show is from Working Title and Bigballs Films for co-commissioning partners Sky 1 and NBC.
“This latest commission adds to Sky’s ambitious slate of original drama this year,” said the company. Sky 1 is the flagship U.K. network of pan-European pay TV giant Sky, in which Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake.
Apocalypse Slough is described as “a bold, adrenaline fueled comedy drama about the last days of mankind. A relentlessly entertaining mix of action, adventure, romance and wit set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, the story follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways … all triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course towards earth.”
Lowe will play Father Jude, “the Vatican’s most rebellious priest.” The events unfolding “will shake his faith, force him to question his vows, and bring him face to face with his past,” a show description says.
Fischer will portray Rhonda, “a mild-mannered librarian who finds herself dangerously out of her depth when she is sent to a maximum security prison in New Mexico for a crime she did not commit.”
Mullally will play Leanne, “an unhinged white supremacist who takes a deeply reluctant Rhonda under her wing. Morally dubious but intensely loyal, she’s a woman uniquely suited to surviving the end times and will prove herself to be exactly the streetwise sidekick Rhonda needs.”
Baynton will take on the role of humble Slough bank manager Jamie, while Quirke will take on the role of Jamie’s loving but tough-as-nails mother, and Fry plays Dave, Jamie’s hedonistic best friend. Joseph will play General Gaines “who has rapidly risen through the ranks of the army, becoming a 5 Star General with responsibility for briefing the president of the United States on high-level military matters.”
Said Lowe: “I’ve always been a fan of the kind of smart, ambitious and challenging filmmaking that comes from Sky and Working Title. This script and my character in particular, blew me away.”
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