The Obsolescents, a mystery comedy series, will be coming to NBC from Broadway Video and, more specifically, the minds of Lorne Michaels, Meg Ryan, and Andrew Gottlieb.
The series, although not having much information yet released on it, is set to take place in a New Jersey suburb that may be initially considered “typical”. It appears merely as a town where peace abounds and life is truly “normal”. This stereotype quickly falls apart in the show, however, after the suspicious death of one of the town’s officials shakes the neighborhood and all who live within it.
The series already has a few recognizable names attached to it, indicating a potential success early in the show’s creation. Lorne Michaels, the man behind Broadway Video Company, which will make the program, is an undeniably influential figure in the history of television. Having launched his career in 1975 with the creation of the still-running variety show Saturday Night Live, Michaels has created some of the most relevant programming throughout the past four decades. In addition, Michaels has also served as executive producer for a variety of comedy programs including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, 30 Rock, and Portlandia.
Along with Michaels, the show will also be a project of actress and producer Meg Ryan. Known largely for her 80s romantic comedy movies like Sleepless and Seattle, When Harry met Sally, and You’ve Got Mail, Ryan has also continued expanding her work through jobs in production positions. Ryan is already set to serve as one of the four executive producers for The Obsolescents, but is even expected to potentially star in the series.
Another of the four executive producers of the series will be Andrew Gottlieb, a writer and producer. In the past, Gottlieb has written for the television series Fuller House, The Dangerous Book for Boys, and Us& Them. Andrew Singer, a writer and producer with an extensive history of working with Lorne Michaels, will serve as the fourth executive producer of The Obsolescents. A few of Singer’s past credits include 30 Rock, Portlandia, and one of his most recent projects, A.P. Bio.