Alan Tudyk Stars in Series from UCP, with Chris Sheridan (“Family Guy”) Executive Producing Alongside Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV. David Dobkin Executive Produced and Directed the Pilot
SYFY today announced the series pickup of RESIDENT ALIEN, a comedic drama based on the popular Dark Horse comics series by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. From Universal Content Productions (UCP), in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment, the series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan (“Family Guy”). Mike Richardson (“Hellboy”) and Keith Goldberg (“The Legend of Tarzan”) of Dark Horse Entertainment (“The Umbrella Academy”), and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”) and Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) of Amblin TV will also executive produce. David Dobkin (“The Judge”) executive produced and directed the pilot.
RESIDENT ALIEN is a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”
Tudyk (“Firefly,” “Rogue One”) is joined by series regulars Sara Tomko (“Once Upon A Time”), Corey Reynolds (“The Closer”), Alice Wetterlund (“People of Earth”) and Levi Fiehler (“Mars”). The series will begin production in Vancouver this summer.
RESIDENT ALIEN is a drama based on the Dark Horse comics series of the same name by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. From Universal Cable Productions, the series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan (“Family Guy”). Mike Richardson (“The Mask”) and Keith Goldberg (“The Legend of Tarzan”) of Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”) and Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) of Amblin TV will also executive produce. RESIDENT ALIEN is a dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”
Emmy nominated Tudyk is a multi-dimensional actor whose credits span throughout stage, film, television and voiceover entertainment platforms. Most recently Tudyk co-starred in the Jay Roach 2015 SAG Award nominated feature “Trumbo” and “Welcome to Me.” In 2013, Tudyk co-starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson biopic, “42.” He made his feature film debut in 1998, when he first appeared opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.” Additional film credits also include: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion performed the lead robot, ‘Sonny,’ in “I, Robot” opposite Will Smith. Tudyk’s role in the animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role and he will be heard in the follow up film, “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Additional vocal credits include “Frozen,” “Zootopia,” “Moana” and “Big Hero 6.”Tudyk is also the creator and star of the Emmy nominated, record breaking series, “Con Man” and in 2016 also launched “Con Man: The Game” based on the series. Television credits include “Doom Patrol,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Suburgatory,” “Arrested Development,” “Firefly,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier,” “Justified,” “Powerless” and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Tudyk is represented by The Coronel Group and Gersh.SARA TOMKO has been cast in the series regular role of Asta. Our alien may have thought his mission on earth would be simple, but he met his match when he came across Asta Twelvetrees.Tomko is known for her recurring roles on “Sneaky Pete” and “Once Upon a Time,” as well as her appearances on “The Leftovers” and “The Son.” She started her career in experimental theatre and musicals in Virginia, later moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue film. Her first independent film roles aired on SYFY, and she is thrilled that her TV career has brought her full circle. She is an actor, producer, poet and artist with Polish, Slovak and Native American ancestry. Tomko is repped by Bohemia Group and KMR Talent.COREY REYNOLDS has been cast in the series regular role of Sheriff Mike. The local Sheriff, Mike Thompson, runs the town with a chip on his shoulder, a cowboy hat on his head and an iron fist – a fist he sometimes uses to break into people’s houses to see what they’re up to, because they’re all up to something.Best known for his role on the series, “The Closer,” Reynolds can be seen next in the “Redline” and “Criminal Minds.” Reynolds has recurred on “NCIS: Los Angeles, ” “Masters of Sex” and “Murder in the First.” Guest star roles include appearances on “Seal Team” and “Chicago PD.” On the film side, Reynolds was in the Universal feature film, “Straight Outta Compton” and can also be seen in “Selma” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Plan B, in which he stars opposite David Oyelowo and Common. Prior to that, Reynolds was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Seaweed in Broadway’s production of “Hairspray.” Reynolds is repped by Industry Entertainment, The Kohner Agency & Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.ALICE WETTERLUND has been cast in the series regular role of D’arcy. A former Olympic snowboarder, D’arcy Morin has traded in her snowboard for skiis and a mortar launcher that she uses to clear avalanches and occasionally blow off steam. When she’s not working ski patrol and blowing shit up, she’s bartending at the local pub and throwing herself at the new guy in town who happens to be an alien.Wetterlund has performed her non-yelling brand of comedy nationally at colleges, clubs, and festivals such as Just for Laughs, Bridgetown, Moon Tower, RIOT LA, Bonnaroo and more. She is known for her characters on “Silicon Valley” and “People of Earth” and recently appeared in an ensemble with Adam Devine, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick in the movie “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” Wetterlund has performed her stand up on CONAN, Comedy Central, and currently co-hosts the popular podcast “Treks and the City” with Veronica Osorio. She just wrapped a role in Carrie Brownstein’s pilot “Search & Destroy” and can be seen on the latest season of “Glow.” Wetterlund is repped by CAA and 3 Arts entertainmentLEVI FIEHLER has been cast in the series regular role of Ben Hawthorne. The 20 something fresh out of college thought being mayor of a tiny town like Patience would be a fun thing to add to his resume. He realizes he bit off more than he can chew when there’s a brutal murder in town. If that’s not stressful enough, his eight-year-old son Max seems to be losing his mind when he claims the new doctor is an alien.Fiehler starred in the limited series “Mars” produced by Imagine Entertainment which premieres in November 2018. Prior to that, he starred in the pilot “Mission Control.” Fiehler is represented by Defining Artists Talent Agency, Luber Roklin and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.