The FBI and artificial intelligence (AI) are at the center of the new FX on Hulu drama series Class of ’09, which debuted Wednesday. It follows a class of FBI agents through several different decades of their lives and careers – an idea creator Tom Rob Smith tells ABC Audio he came up with it after listening to a true crime podcast that featured interviews with FBI agents.
“I came out of those podcasts and realized that the agents themselves were really interesting people and the way they talked about their work was really interesting,” he explains. “They were much more varied and quirky than I think I expected. And so I thought, I want to make a show about them instead of necessarily the crime. And that was the spark.”
Adds Kate Maraone of the stars, “The show follows a group of FBI agents before they become agents, and ten years later you see where they are in their lives, then as agents, and then another ten or more years later, where they are then a little bit in the future when AI has taken over a lot of law enforcement and all that stuff.”
The 40-year-old actress plays one of the FBI agents and says she came out of the show a little more suspicious than before.
“Even just noticing, you know, when you’re driving, noticing what cars are behind you. All these things that just make you more aware. Not going for a run with both headphones in, that would be right , most of our advisors would say it’s a really, really stupid idea,” she says.
Class of ’09 also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Sepideh Moafi, Brian J. Smith, Jon Jon Briones, Brooke Smith, Jake McDorman and Rosalind Eleazar.
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