In a jumble of descriptors not normally associated with Fox, Variety reports that the network has greenlit a pilot co-written by Rob Rosell and delightful-as-all-get-out SNL alumni Nasim Pedrad. The series, titled Chad: An American Boy, will star Pedrad as a teen dealing with the trials of adolescence, his awkward navigations of American culture, and struggles in his new role as man of the house.

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“I’m thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV,” remarked Pedrad, who also co-wrote the script. “Also, a big thank you to Fox for understanding that my true essence is that of an awkward and misguided 14-year-old boy.”

Pedrad has appeared on Fox’s Scream Queens and New Girl, but hasn’t had a truly proper vehicle for her insane comedic talents since leaving SNL in 2014—least of all in the short-lived comedy series Mulaney.

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And, following the success of Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, Chad means another step toward diversifying broadcast television. Pedrad has stressed her desire to make a realistic portrayal of an Iranian American family living in the US. The script is largely based on her own upbringing, and insiders say religion does not play a huge role in the series’ storyline. Hopefully this leaves more room for authentic insights into the immigrant experience as well as boner jokes, please.


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