The latest Peacock Original series to hit Corus Entertainment’s networks and platforms is a comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads – quite literally – when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call. The series also stars Jesse Leigh (Heathers), and Canadians Michael Greyeyes (I Know This Much Is True) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek).
Rutherford Falls represents a breakthrough moment in Indigenous representation in comedy television, both in front of and behind the camera, with Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation) starring in the series, along with five Indigenous writers staffed, making it one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms on television. The writers include Schmieding, Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), and Tazbah Chavez (Nüümü [Bishop Paiute Tribe], Diné [Navajo], San Carlos Apache).
It was a honour to sit down over Zoom video recently and chat with the prolific Michael Greyeyes about his much buzzed about performance as Terry Thomas on Rutherford Falls.
Rutherford Falls airs Thursdays at 8pm ET on Showcase