Fox Greenlights a Comedy Pilot Starring SNL Alum Nasim Pedrad as a Teenage Boy

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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.

“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.

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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1. this is great, we really need realistic portrayals of Middle Easterners on American TV (i.e. not where they’re terrorists). it’ll probably help people understand them better and realize...gasp...we all might be more alike than they realize

2. she’s gonna play a teenage boy?! awesome!