If you can imagine a world where the big corporations control everything and have endless power, Syfy’s new upcoming series Incorporated might just make you a little uncomfortable. Set in the year 2074, in this imaginary world, corporations wage wars against each other, make their own laws and set the death penalty to enforce them. People in the Incorporated world are divided, with the affluent living in the “Green Zone” and the poor in the “Red Zone.” Sound familiar? The story seems to reflect modern America as it is today.

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Alex Pastor (Carriers) co-created the series with his brother David, and while you might think the story compares to George Orwell, according to Pastor the show is a “reverse 1984,” where capitalism rules instead of Orwell’s Stalinism. Basically Syfy’s new upcoming show follows the story of one man, Ben Larson, played by Sean Teale (Reign) who is battling to save the life of Laura, the woman he loves (played by Allison Miller of Kings). SPIGA is the corporation that control’s Laura’s fate and Ben manages to position himself within that corporation, fighting his way up the corporate ladders. Along the way he faces up to a mysterious character, Julian (Dennis Haysbert) and the public face of SPIGA, Elizabeth (played by Julia Ormond).

Syfy’s Incorporated at the Television Critics Association

Three of the stars were recently interviewed in Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, along with Pastor and the show’s executive producer, Ted Humphrey. They spoke about how uncomfortably close Syfy's Incorporated is to our own corporate world. According to Pastor, the project was originally going to be a movie, but it changed to a TV show, as having 10 hours to play with and several seasons let’s you go more deeply into the world and story you are creating.

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The idea came to Humphrey via Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films and he says he loves “grounded speculative fiction” of this kind. Pastor said they envisioned the show as an “extended version of reality,” giving corporations the right to make laws and treat their employees however they wish, including the right to torture or execute them. While Pastor says the show is not strictly speaking post-apocalyptic, Haysbert, who says this is the most well-rounded character he has ever played, says he thinks the sci-fi comes from the dystopian style.

Haysbert compares life in the “Red Zone” as post-apocalyptic, in comparison with the lavish luxury of the “Green Zone.” He went on to say that what we are hearing in the media today makes it seem very real to him. While we are not quite there yet, he said with a few misplaced politicians and more crazy things happening in the world, we could be heading that way.

Syfy’s Incorporated shows a world divided

According to Nerdist, for his part, Teale said the show demonstrates the “dichotomy between the two worlds,” as seen by his character, Ben’s, eyes.

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Speaking of Elizabeth, the public visage of SPIGA, Ormond said that while she is the face of the corporation, she is not sure her inner world is joyful, adding that all the characters in the show have hidden motivations. Ormond added that this is one of the most stressful roles she has ever played.

As reported by Deadline, Incorporated premiere’s on Syfy on November 30 and a preview into the show is included below.