You’ve all been selected as Agents of Nonchalance.
With its critically acclaimed series Lodge 49, which starred Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings, and Sonya Cassidy, apparently canceled after only two series, the cable network AMC looked to fill the quirky drama niche it left behind. It found Jason Segel′s quirky dramedy Dispatches from Elsewhere, releasing its first trailer this week. This is labeled an anthology series, which typically means individual stories in each episode and different characters, yet it lists its five leads in all ten episodes. So what’s going on here? It’s an anthology to the extent that the series gets renewed–meaning you’ll likely only see the billed cast of characters in the first season, with a new story and characters in subsequent seasons. It’s billed as “a transcendental series about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life.” That describes Lodge 49 perfectly, too, right?
Dispatches from Elsewhere has similar bits going for it compared to AMC’s departed Lodge 49. It looks like it was filmed on the same paneled set and it, too, features a directionless guy lost in his own world, detached from a meaningful existence, with How I Met Your Mother and The Muppets co-star Segel in that role (along with serving as show creator, director, and producer). And like Lodge 49, with its street cred of actors like Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, Cheech Marin, Bronson Pinchot, and Brian Doyle-Murray, Dispatches from Elsewhere has its own style of actor cred, co-starring Academy Award winner Sally Field, Academy Award nominee (Doctor Who star, new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker villain) Richard E. Grant, and Grammy-winning musician André Benjamin. Mr. Robot’s Eve Lindley rounds out the main cast.
It looks strange in the vein of Lodge 49, Mr. Robot, Russian Doll, or Legion. But is it the good kind of strange? See what you think. Here’s the first trailer for Dispatches from Elsewhere:
Look for Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC at 9 p.m. Central beginning March 1, 2020.