One of the greatest comedic duos in modern entertainment, Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have appeared together in well over a dozen films and TV shows over the past 20 years, but for all that shared screen time, they've never created a series together...until now. [Guitar solo.] Through their co-founded production company, Pegg and Frost have developed the paranormal comedy Truth Seekers, which is currently seeking a TV home.
With Truth Seekers, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are gloriously sticking to the genre-mashing fare that they excel at, and the series will follow three paranormal investigators going on weekly quests involving different mysterious incidents. And the way Pegg put it to Variety, it sounds like it will begin as a spooky case-of-the-week concept that would expand and, while not becoming fully serialized, would broaden its narrative borders. According to Pegg:
Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something. It'll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It's a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.
It was in 2017 that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost started up the indie production company Stolen Picture, and there's no end in sight to the creative projects in store there, with Truth Seekers being the first TV project. Crispian Mills' horror comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez will be the first feature release, featuring both Pegg and Frost as actors. It wasn't directly stated whether or not they would be involved in front of the camera for Truth Seekers, but one can only hope, right? While we're hoping, let's get fellow Spaced star Jessica Hynes as the third investigator!
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's careers crossed paths back in 1998 for the mostly brilliant and under-referenced sketch series Big Train, which then led to the all-around brilliant twentysomethings-in-flux comedy Spaced. Since then, they've co-starred in live-action movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and Paul (which they co-wrote), and they've also appeared in animated projects such as The Adventures of TIntin, The Boxtrolls and Phineas and Ferb, where they actually reprised the roles of Shaun and Ed, sorta. We need them back on TV together though.
Simon Pegg hasn't been a TV regular in some time, but he's got major movies coming out the wazoo. His upcoming slate includes Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, M:I 6 - Mission Impossible and the crime thriller Terminal, co-starring Margot Robbie and Mike Myers. Nick Frost, meanwhile, stars in the British TV comedy Sick Note (alongside Rupert Grint and Don Johnson) and on AMC's Into the Badlands, and you can also find him in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
Truth Seekers is in the process of being shopped around to potential buyers, so expect to hear more news about this promising comedy soon. To see what TV shows are on the way that sadly don't star either Simon Pegg or Nick Frost, head to our midseason premiere schedule.