Janeane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce) has been cast in a recurring role in Foreign Bodies, the eight part dramedy series from Plebs co-creator Tom Basden which is set up as a co-production at E4 an TNT, TVWise has learned.
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 tells the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. British lads Sean and Dylan meet American girls May and Ashley in Beijing and opt to undergo the first leg of their travels together, but soon find that their journey takes them much further than any of them expected. The cast includes Anders Hayward (Sistema), Ade Oyefeso (Unforgotten), Brittney Wilson (Bates Motel), Alice Lee (Faking It) and Tim Key (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa).
Originally commissioned by E4 in January before TNT boarded as a co-producer last month, the eight part series was created by Tom Basden, who is penning the scripts alongside James Wood, Amy Roberts, Loren McLaughlin, Charlie Covell, Tim Key and Jonny Sweet. Independent production company Eleven are producing in association with Entertainment One (eOne), who will handle global distribution outside the UK. Misfits helmer Jonathan van Tulleken has signed on to direct the first block of episodes.
This marks the latest role for Garofalo, who in addition to acting enjoys a career in stand up comedy. Most recently, the actress starred in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer and has a guest starring role on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show. She was also a regular on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce before exiting towards the end of the first season. On the TV side, Janeane Garofalo’s also starred in the final season of The West Wing and the seventh season of 24.