NBC's upcoming sci-fi drama "Beautiful People" has been one of the most highly touted pilots of the current development season. The potential series takes place in the near future where humans and mechanical androids (called Mechanicals) live side-by-side in a world where the Mechcanicals are treated like second class citizens and discriminated against.
Earlier this month, "American Horror Story" actress Frances Conroy was cast as the main character: a wealthy widower named Lydia whose husband founded the company responsible for producing the Mechanicals. James Murray co-stars as Lydia's son, Gregory; a highly successful attorney fighting to give the Mechanicals civil rights, while Patrick Heusinger will portray Lydia's Mechanical servant, David.
As the project is quickly picking up steam, Deadline is reporting that Megalyn Echikunwoke, Andrea Parker, Jud Tylor, Madisen Beaty and Cody Christian have all been signed to the cast of "Beautiful People." Echikunwoke will portray Gregory's boss, while Parker will play a wealthy woman named Roberta, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her daughter (played by Beaty) begins dating a Mechanical boy (Christian), who is the son of David and his wife, Susan (Tylor).
Echikunwoke is best known to sci-fi fans for her role as Isabelle Tyler on "The 4400," in addition to he appearances on "24," "Boston Public," "Supernatural," "Veronica Mars" and a recent stint on "House of Lies." Parker is also well known to fans of the NBC series "The Pretender," where she portrayed a character called Miss Parker over the course of four seasons, in addition to parts in "Seinfeld," "ER," "JAG" and "My Name Is Earl."
Prior to this project, Beaty appeared in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "iCarly," "No Ordinary Family" and "NCIS." Christian is a veteran of "True Blood," "Back To You," "Grey's Anatomy." "State of Mind," "Pretty Little Liars" and the feature film "Kill The Irishman." And finally, Tylor has previously appeared on "Smallville," "Seven Days," "That '70s Show," "The Division" and "Ghost Whisperer."
The "Beautiful People" pilot will be directed by Stephen Hopkins ("24") from a script by Michael McDonald. Production is expected to begin soon.