Although NBC hasn't traditionally had a lot of success with genre projects, one of the network's most talked about pilots this development season has been "Beautiful People," a sci-fi drama that takes place close in the near future where humanity lives alongside nearly perfect androids called Mechanicals; who look and act human… but they are treated like second class citizens.
Deadline is reporting that two of the key roles have recently been filled. James Murray has signed on to play a highly successful attorney who has become a champion for giving the Mechanicals civil rights. The mother of Murray's character is Lily, a currently uncast role who will be the primary focus of the series. Lily is also the widower of the man who founded the company that produces the Mechanicals.
Patrick Heusinger has also closed a deal to play a Mechnical servant working for Lily in her home who develops grief and other "forbidden" emotions upon the death of one of his daughters.
Murray is primarily known for his roles on British television, including "Primeval" (pictured above), "North Square," "Cutting It," "Other People's Children" and several others. In the U.S., Murray has appeared in the Comedy Central series, "Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire" and the short-lived CBS series "CHAOS."
Heusinger has made numerous guest appearances on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "30 Rock," "The Good Wife," "Necessary Roughness" and "Rescue Me" in addition to more substantial roles on "Royal Pains" and "Gossip Girl."
"Beautiful People" was written and created by Michael McDonald; with the pilot episode set to be directed by Stephen Hopkins ("24"). If the project is picked up to series, "Beautiful People" would likely debut in the fall of 2012.