TV premiere: Alan Tudyk stars in the Ladysmith-shot series Resident Alien

Science-fiction veteran Alan Tudyk is back in a B.C.-shot comedy series, Resident Alien.

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Resident Alien

When: Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Where: CTV Sci-Fi Channel

From playing a smart-talking pilot Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Joss Wheadon’s beloved cult space TV western Firefly and movie Serenity, to voicing the seven foot-tall K-2SO droid — a.k.a. Kaytoo — in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, actor Alan Tudyk’s resume reads like a science-fiction fan’s best-of list.

Now the 49 year-old Texan is bringing his straight-faced comic chops to the new series Resident Alien, this time starring as a Law & Order-loving extraterrestrial on a deadly mission. When his spaceship crashes, the bug-eyed alien assumes the identity of solitary doctor Harry Vaderspeigle. When the local doc meets his end, alien Harry has to fill in as the GP in the mountain town of Patience, Colo. If Patience looks a lot like B.C., that’s because it is.

Alan Tudyk in the pilot episode of Resident Alien.
Alan Tudyk in the pilot episode of Resident Alien. Photo by James Dittinger/SYFY /PNG

The series was filmed in Ladysmith in January 2020 and then shut down due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The production was completed in October.

Most recently, Tudyk was seen as the evil villain Mr. Nobody in HBO Max’s Doom Patrol, and also voiced both the Joker and Clayface in the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn. The 10 one-hour-long episodes of Resident Alien are based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name that has been publishing since 2021. Like the comic, the TV show is loaded a quirky sitcom with a spaced-out edge.

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