Thanks (or no thanks, actually) to the recent pandemic, it seems like the world has pretty much been at a standstill since early 2020.
“Social distancing” is one of the most common phrases used everywhere, remote work has become the norm, and donning a face mask before heading out is a must in most countries, particularly in America.
Because of these limitations in movement and interaction, a lot of businesses have had to temporarily hold off operations. And Hollywood is no exception to that rule. Back in March 2020, right smack in the middle of the pilot season, production was shut down across the industry and a lot of shows suffered setbacks and scheduling delays.
One (rare) exception to that was NBC’s newest sci-fi alien drama, Debris. The Hollywood Reporter relayed that roughly 80% of production had been completed before the shutdown and where there were blanks, the producers filled them with sketches.
Here’s everything else we know about one of the network’s first few shows still set to premiere this 2020, Debris!
Who’s in charge?
Already with a few other science fiction shows under his belt like Fox’s Fringe and Almost Human, J.H. Wyman is Debris’ talented creator and writer. Wyman will also be executive producing the show through his production company Frequency Films and with Jason Hoffs.
The television studios co-producing alongside Frequency Films are Legendary and Universal Television. As of writing, however, there’s no confirmation on the show’s pilot episode director or who they might have tapped into to direct subsequent episodes.
What’s the show about?
Agent Bryan Beneventi works for the CIA. While Agent Finola Jones is an MI6 agent. When a mysterious alien spacecraft crashes into Earth, humankind soon begins to experience various strange anomalies as an effect.
Beneventi and Jones, together with the resources provided by their respective intelligence agencies, are tasked to work together despite their differing backgrounds and mindsets in order to investigate the wreckage, figure out what’s wrong, and hopefully find a solution.
According to Deadline, Debris is set to echo the stylings of previous sci-fi shows like The X-Files and Men in Black. So if you’re a fan of these, you might want to keep Debris in mind, too!
Who are we going to see on Debris?
In the lead role of Agent Beneventi will be Jonathan Tucker, whose most recent works in television include Westworld, City on a Hill, and Kingdom. Fans may also recognize Tucker from movies like The Ruins (2008), Veronika Decides to Die (2009), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
IMDb lists various other cast members as of writing, including Yoshié Bancroft as Agent McGuire, Julia Benson as Mary Vandeberg, Thomas Nicholson as Agent John, and Norbert Leo Butz as Craig Maddox. The last of whom is reported to be Beneventi’s CIA handler.
On top of that actress Anjali Jay was recently cast as Priya Ferris, Agent Jones’ MI6 handler.
Although NBC did officially order Debris to series, there’s no word yet on the resumption of production (whenever it’s safest, of course!). So stay tuned for more updates!