NBC Hands Series Order To Sci-Fi Drama ‘Debris’ Starring Jonathan Tucker & Riann Steele From J.H. Wyman
NBC has given a series order to ‘Debris‘, a new sci-fi drama from ‘Almost Human’ creator and ‘Fringe’ writer J.H. Wyman starring British actress Riann Steele and Jonathan Tucker (‘Westworld’, ‘City on a Hill’).
‘Debris’ stars Steele as MI6’s Finola Jones and Tucke as CIA’s Bryan Beneventi – two agents from two different continents and two different mindsets who must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind. Somewhat in the vein of ‘The X-Files’, Steele’s Jones is the MI6 rule follower, whilst Tucker’s Beneventi is the headstrong, smart operative who investigates strange occurrences for the CIA.
The series comes from J.H. Wyman, writer/director/showrunner on the utterly brilliant ‘Fringe’ and creator of the sadly short-lived sci-fi ‘Almost Human’. Legendary Television & Universal Television produce the drama.
Riann Steele most recently popped up on ‘The Magicians’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, along with appearing in Marvel movie ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. She previously starred in ‘Holby City’ and ‘Crazyhead’, along with guest spots in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Misfits’ and ‘Legacies’.
Jonathan Tucker most recently starred in ‘City on a Hill’ and ‘Snowfall’, along with dropping by ‘Westworld’ for a stint as Major Craddock. He’s also appeared in ‘Kingdom’ and ‘Parenthood’, along with popping up in the recent ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie and the 2003 ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ film.
‘Debris’ was one of the only NBC pilots to have shot footage before the pandemic lockdown began. Whilst it wasn’t complete, the producers managed to pull together enough footage to allow the network to give a thumbs up. NBC recently announced the five projects they intend to pilot this year, along with five they have “rolled” over to next season. ‘Debris’ and another sci-fi show, ‘La Brea’, were outside of that list, but still in contention. ‘La Brea’ doesn’t have any footage shot, but the network did order additional scripts, and are expected to make a decision on that pilot later this year.
No news on when ‘Debris‘ is likely to air on NBC, although with production still up in the air at the moment due to the pandemic, it probably won’t be until the new year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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