6. “People of Earth” (TBS)
Starring: Wyatt Cenac, Ana Gasteyer, Michael Cassidy,
Synopsis: When a skeptic journalist (Cenac) investigates a support group for people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens, he has to cast away his doubts in order to uncover the truth.
Why you should watch: The series should attract a few curious viewers based on the absurd premise alone. But they might want to stay for Cenac. The stand-up comedian started writing for “King of the Hill” in 2004 and is perhaps better known for his role on “The Daily Show” as a writer and correspondent from 2008-2012 (and his famous clash with host Jon Stewart). Since that time, he has guest starred on popular comedy shows like “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Maron,” and “BoJack Horseman.” He will next be seen in Lake Bell’s (“In a World…“) sophomore directing gig “What’s the Point?” – a marriage-themed comedy.
The comedian has also dabbled with a web-series. Cenac hosts a live variety comedy show in Brooklyn called “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac” that began streaming on the subscription entertainment site Seeso earlier this summer and which IndieWire described as “the future of comedy.” Between stand-up, writing, acting and voice-over roles, the comedian has a lot going on. Yet every creative investment he makes seems to work out well. This new series should be no different.
Premiere Date: Oct. 31