Personal Space is a sci-fi dramedy that takes place in an alternate timeline where the American space program has been decades ahead of actual history. Generation ship Overture was launched on a very long journey in 1991 to a distant star. The crew serves in 25 year shifts, with each shift passing the torch to the one after. The audience watches current events aboard the ship unfold in 2016, as the second shift is supposed to take command, while the crew of Overture speak in confidence to the ship’s therapy computer. The key phrase here is “supposed to.”
Starry-eyed scientist and second shift commander Gail Gartner (Nicki Clyne, best known as Cally on Battlestar Galactica) is eager and excited to take charge and steer Overture ever closer to its destination. Gartner and the rest of her crew – flight engineer and American hero Leonard Freeman (Kurt Yaeger formerly of Sons of Anarchy), ambitious but aloof botanist Deborah Li (Vivi Thai), and oddball sophist doctor Stan “Blasto” Blaszkiewicz (Sean Persaud) – are in for a rude awakening when they realize that first shift commander Robert King (Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica) doesn’t trust them with the fate of the mission, the ship, or his life. King refuses to go into cryosleep, and Overture’s crew descends into petty squabbles and trickery which risks devolving into outright sabotage. They must solve their problems themselves in the isolated depths of space, or risk waking the much-feared Captain (Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica), who might not find a solution they would like.
Meanwhile, on Earth, the space program sold Overture to a reality TV company, Actaeon Entertainment, known for airing shows like Say Maybe to the Baby and Did Aliens Build This? Actaeon hijacks the scheduled update of the ship’s therapy computer, AMI (Alica Daine Benning), to create more drama and conflict among the crew of the Overture with the aim of broadcasting their private therapy sessions as a reality show. No one has told the crew of the Overture that this is happening, but the hosts of the show – bubbly and personable Stephanie Park (Julia Aks), passionate science-minded Trevor Richards (Brent Bailey of Emma Approved), and meek scientist Kelly Schreckengost (Chelsea Morgan) – won’t let a little thing like that get in the way of their jobs. Probably.
The creators, Tom R. Pike and Zack Wallnau & Dana Luery Shaw (of the hit webseries Echo Chamber), have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the remaining funds necessary to making the show. If they are successful, the series will be distributed by Hulu affiliate ShareTV later this year.