Enlisted is FOX's new single-camera comedy, centering on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep the post in order. The Hill brothers all serve in the Rear Detachment (Rear D) unit, comprised of the soldiers left behind when everyone else is deployed, who mow lawns on post, sort mail, wash tanks and find lost dogs.
But the Rear D’s main job is taking care of deployed soldiers' families. Whatever they need, the Rear D soldiers do.
The Hill brothers consist of charming, funny, natural-born leader, Staff Sergeant Pete Hill (Geoff Stults) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the post in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as their platoon sergeant, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Corporal Derrick Hill (Chris Lowell) is the middle brother -- smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn't really care about being a soldier. Private Randy Hill (Parker Young), on the other hand, loves it. H'’s the hyper-enthusiastic, hyper-goofy, youngest brother who wants to be the gung-ho "G.I. Joe" military ideal.
Examiner.com spoke to Executive Producer Mike Royce to get the answer to these burning questions!
Where do you shoot?
We are going to shoot on the FOX lot -- on the biggest sound stage that they have -- and parts of it looks like a military base, so we are, basically, going to put some signage up and make it look like a military base.
Are you concerned about how the military will respond?
We are not making fun of it. We are showing a slice of life of people we know.
Will you use a lot of guest stars?
We really want to focus on these guys now, but guest stars are going to be a huge part because the Hill brothers are going to be taking care of the families at the base. The military is kind of endless. It allows you to have an endless stream of guest stars come in, be it soldiers or generals.
Any women in their lives?
Yes. Chris will have a relationship with somebody. Jeff and Angelique Cabral's [Staff Sergeant Jill Perez] characters -- there will be a bit of a flirtation there. Again, because of the structure of the military, they are not allowed to do anything. There is a nice balance between them flirting and realizing that they can't go anywhere with it.
What concerns do your former military advisers have?
Their thing is they want to get the technical stuff as right as possible. Even down to uniforms. So many of my military buddies are so detailed oriented that if they see the patch in the wrong spot … that should be the easiest stuff. There is so much going on, you have to work hard to get it right. There's the hat, there is the weight issue, there is the facial look. There are so many things.
Why was it important for the stars of the series to go to boot camp?
Because I want them to get the soldier part as right as they can. The character stuff is on us. But how they look, how they march and carry themselves, we want to make sure that it looks real.
Will you use veterans as extras and possibly some small roles?
We are definitely working with Wounded Warrior a little bit. A lot of the extra soldiers in the pilot are veterans. You can see them marching in the background.
"Enlisted" premieres tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.