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‘The Premise’ Trailer: ‘Worst Sex Tape Ever’ Helps Solve Case of Police Injustice (Video)

TCA 2021: Get your first look at B.J. Novak’s new FX on Hulu anthology series here

B.J. Novak’s FX on Hulu anthology series “The Premise” aims to bring humor to some of the most serious topics of our time — like gun violence — though some of its pauses are for deep thoughts and not belly laughs.

Friday, at FX’s second (of three) Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour days, reporters got the first look at the show’s trailer. The sneak peak starts off on one squirrelly fella’s “worst sex tape ever,” one that could actually bright to justice police misbehavior taking place in the background. A little later, Lucas Hedges, as an international pop star, offers to have sex with whomever ends up valedictorian of a local high school. Suddenly, studying is all the rage.

Watch the trailer via the video above.

“The Premise” is described as a “bold and provocative half-hour anthology of standalone stories about the times we live in.” The logline continues: “The curated collection of character-driven episodes challenges our shared morality tales, choosing art over argument, as it engages with the most relevant and meaningful issues of the modern era.”

Other premises for “The Premise” include guns, identity, capitalism, revenge, love, fame, social media and, yes, butt plugs.

In addition to Hedges, “The Premise” stars Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Soko, Ed Asner, George Wallace, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, Boyd Holbrook, Eric Lange and Beau Bridges.

Novak created, wrote, directed, executive produced and even hosted the show, which hails from FX Productions. John Lesher also executive produces the series.

“Thrilled, excited, humbled — these are the words in every press release, and I can’t believe how much I actually mean them,” Novak said when the series was ordered in May. “This is my dream show, and FX is the dream place to make it. When I brought it to FX, I wondered if it went too far, and they told me, you can go further. I can’t wait to get started.”

“We have been admirers of B.J. Novak for a long time,” FX original programming boss Nick Grad added at the time. “We loved his creative twist on the anthology format, and he delivered on two phenomenal episodes. We are looking forward to going into production on the rest of the season and supporting B.J.’s ambitious vision for this project.”

“The Premise” premieres with two episodes Sept. 16, 2021 on FX on Hulu.