TNT and Channel 4 have cast Janeane Garofalo in the upcoming Foreign Bodies TV series. The comedic drama follows a group of young adults traveling across China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The first season of eight episodes hails from U.K. production company Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne). Foreign Bodies is slated to premiere on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its U.S. debut on TNT.
Garofalo will recur as seasoned traveller Sam. She has worked in travel and tourism for 20 years and has had it with visiting exotic places. The character is described as cynical, streetwise and permanently unimpressed. Sam is a counterpoint to the wide-eyed young travelers she meets. She is quick to debunk their foolish, romantic notions about the world and the value of travel. The Foreign Bodies cast also includes: Anders Hayward, Ade Oyefeso, Brittney Wilson, Alice Lee, and Tim Key.
Here is the TNT press release.
TNT and Channel 4 Casts Janeane Garofalo in Recurring Role in “Foreign Bodies”
Garofalo Joins International Cast in Comedic Drama About a Group of Young Travelers Exploring Asia
TNT and Channel 4 have cast Janeane Garofalo as a recurring guest role in the new series Foreign Bodies, a comedic drama about a group of young adults venturing across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The two companies have ordered eight episodes of the series from U.K. production company Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne). Foreign Bodies is scheduled to launch on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its U.S. debut on TNT.
Garofalo will guest star in the recurring role of Sam, a seasoned traveller who, after 20 years working in tourism and visiting exotic places, has very much had her fill. Cynical, streetwise and permanently unimpressed, Sam is a counterpoint to the excitable, wide-eyed young travellers she meets, and she’s quick to dispel them of their romantic and idiotic assumptions about the world and the value of travel.
Foreign Bodies is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. The cast, drawn from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., includes newcomer Anders Hayward (Sistema) as delusional romantic Dylan, who thinks every woman he meets is a potential life partner; BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ade Oyefeso (Unforgotten, E4’s Youngers) as Sean, a friendly, easy-going guy hoping for a bit of escapism; emerging Canadian star Brittney Wilson (Bates Motel), as the blunt and headstrong Ashley, a young American student who is book-smart but emotionally immature; and Alice Lee (Jack, Jules, Esther & Me, Faking It) as May, a high-strung worrier who tends to overthink every situation. British actor, writer, performance poet and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, I Give It A Year) joins them as Greg, a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. His upbeat energy hides a multitude of problems.
Created by actor-writer Tom Basden (Plebs, Peep Show, Fresh Meat), Foreign Bodies is written by Basden, James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors), Amy Roberts (The Village, Shameless), Loren McLaughlin (Coronation Street, Shameless), Charlie Covell (Banana, Burn Burn Burn), Tim Key (We Need Answers, Screenwipe) and Jonny Sweet (Together, Chickens). The series is produced by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson’s BAFTA-nominated production company Eleven and global studio eOne. Award-winning director Jonathan van Tulleken (Off Season, Movie 43, Misfits) has signed on to direct the first block of episodes. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series outside of the U.K. The eight-part series was commissioned for Channel 4 by head of drama Piers Wenger and commissioning editor for drama Roberto Troni. Carrie Stein, executive vice president of global production, oversees the series for eOne.
Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson launched Eleven in 2006 to produce a range of high-quality drama series, comedy and documentaries across the main UK networks, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. The company’s credits include The Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson (Sky Living/A&E); Cast Offs (Channel 4) and the major eight-part drama series Glue (E4). The company received one of Channel 4’s Growth Fund investments in 2015.
About Channel 4
Channel 4 is a publicly owned, commercially funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission U.K. content from the independent production sector and currently works with over 300 creative companies across the U.K. every year. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, Channel4.com and digital service All 4.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world. Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location. The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. Website: www.entertainmentone.com
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What do you think? How do you like the sound of the Foreign Bodies TV show? Do you plan to check out the first season premiere on TNT?