Reverie may be one of the few new network shows with a high concept that’s not just another cop show or another soldier show, and doesn’t deal so much with crime as poignant psychological drama. The most notable thing about it is that it’s one of the most diverse new shows of the 2017-2017 season, in front of and behind the camera.
Reverie features an Iranian-American female lead carrying the show, with an Indian-American actor, a Chinese-American actress, an African-American actor, and a white actress as the main supporting cast. All of these actors are the best fits for their respective roles. This is something NBC, the cast, and producers are particularly proud of when this was brought up during the press roundtable at New York Comic Con this year.
Series lead Sarah Shahi said of the show’s hiring process:
“Yeah, they were really colour-blind. They hired people they thought would not only be great for the show, but would be international, because the world is not just white-male.”
Dennis Haysbert said the show is the most diverse on network television at the moment, and he finds that heartening:
“The characters are just wonderful. The actors are wonderful people. I love the cast. I would invite these people to my home. That’s the clearest I can be. It feels like a family, and we’re here to fulfill dreams.”
Series creator and executive producer Mickey Fisher said this was the aim from the beginning:
“I wrote this show specifically with a female lead in mind. One of the things we felt at the time, especially when Tom came on board, is that this is a show about people from all walks of life and all points of view, and it would get really boring if was all middle-aged white males. The fantasies would be all the same (laughs).”
Co-executive producer Tom Szentgyorgi added:
“Fantasy is a window to character and conflict. If you know what someone dreams, you know something about them. What Mara is doing is picking her way through people’s dreams and learning about them in order to help them. We needed to get as many different people as possible so as to have as many different dreams as possible, because otherwise it would start to feel monotonous.”
Reverie is set for release in March 2018 on NBC.