NBC’s Skewers the Procedural: ‘FCU: Fact Checkers Unit’

Star-studded digital series, co-produced with Samsung Electronics, pokes fun at acronymed procedural dramas

Taking a not-so-subtle dig at rival CBS' go-to programming genre (as well as its own procedural business), while demeaning the magazine business in the process, NBC is rolling out a new series for the iPhone and other mobile devices.

But you can't argue with the guest-star list of "FCU: Fact Checkers Unit," which will include Donald Faison, Alex Trebek, Jon Heder, Luke Perry and Kristin Schaal in a series of five-to-six-minute shorts about overzealous celebrity-magazine fact-checkers. (Added casting bonus: model Karolina Kurkova.)

The series was created by Dan Beers, Peter Karinen and Brian Sacca, with the latter two also starring as the fact checkers. It's based on the trio's short film that starred Bill Murray and premiered at Sundance.

Co-produced with Samsung Electronics, the first "FCU" short will be available on iTunes, as well as various mobile services and cable on-demand channels, starting Tuesday.

Here's the first episode: