Man, this news makes my day. If you enjoy the mad musings of New York chef/restaurateur/provacateur Eddie Huang, you'll be pleased to know that his memoir Fresh Off the Boat is being adapted into a TV sitcom. For real: Nahnatchka Khan Immigrant Family Comedy With Jake Kasdan Lands At ABC As Put Pilot.
Nahnatchka Khan, creator of now-canceled (but very funny) Don't Trust The B--, will write/executive produce the single-camera pilot for ABC. Based on Huang's own childhood, the show will be set in the 1990s and will focus on an immigrant Chinese family that moves to Orlando. (How can you look at that book cover and not laugh?)
I see much potential for hilarity and good stories. The trick will be striking the right balance of nostalgia, immigrant humor and Huang's unmistakably original voice.
Don't Trust The B—- creator Nahnatchka Khan is back at ABC with a new single-camera comedy. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to Fresh Off The Boat, which Khan is writing/executive producing. Jake Kasdan also is exec producing the project, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Khan and Kasdan are based. Based on Eddie Huang's memoir, Fresh Off The Boat is set in the '90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to Orlando. (Huang's real-life family is Taiwanese.) This is a setup Khan can relate to as she too is a first-generation American whose parents were “fresh off the boat.” Kasdan's producing partner Melvin Mar also exec produces the project, while restaurateur/TV personality Huang serves as producer.Huang will serve as producer. Also, props to executive producer Melvin Mar. Man, throw in all the casting opportunities, and this project has pretty damn good potential for Asian folk all around. More here: 'Fresh Off The Boat' On ABC: 'Apt 23' Creator Nahnatchka Khan's New Comedy Has Put Pilot Commitment.