Nahnatchka Khan Immigrant Family Comedy With Jake Kasdan Lands At ABC As Put Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: 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.

The deal comes 10 days after another half-hour project from Khan, which has Nat Faxon and Jim Rash attached to direct/exec produce, was bought pre-emptively by Fox with a pilot production commitment. That created a competitive situation for Fresh off The Boat among the other broadcast networks, which wanted to be in business with Khan. ABC programming chief Paul Lee had been a vocal supporter Don’t Trust The B—-, calling the decision to cancel the show a particularly difficult one. Before creating Don’t Trust The B—-, WME-repped Khan worked on American Dad! for seven years. Like Khan, WME-repped Kasdan too has another single-camera comedy with a pilot production commitment at Fox that also isbased on a memoir, Cindy Chupack’s adaptation of her book The Longest Date.

Comments (20)

  • Actually, it’s based around a Taiwanese family, not Chinese.

    Comment by Selena — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 7:28pm PDT  
    • Shut up!

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 9:53pm PDT  
  • Hopefully this gains some traction, I would love to see an ethnic centered family sitcom on broadcast television. Still crushed “Funny in Farsi” didn’t get a chance a couple seasons back.

    Comment by Spandex — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 8:27pm PDT  
    • That pilot had a lot going for it. It had some really funny jokes and the always great Maz Jobrani. But ultimately it had way too many 70s (or was it 80s?) references that got a bit asinine. Still was better than the Happy Endings pilot.

      Comment by Zachary — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:11pm PDT  
      • Another post from Zach that makes me want to vomit. THE FUNNY IN FARSI PILOT WAS BETTER THAN THE HAPPY ENDINGS PILOT???!!!! Omigod. Just omigod.

        Comment by Writer — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT  
      • “The always great Maz Jabroni”? Zachary go to your room.

        Comment by Zachary's Mom — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 11:41am PDT  
  • Sounds fitting as an epitaph on Lee’s career at the mouse house.

    Comment by Breaking butt — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 8:31pm PDT  
  • Definitely rooting for it. I’d love to see an Asian-led series on broadcast TV.

    Comment by DryedMangoez — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:23pm PDT  
  • I was going to write this off as unmarketable, but they might have something here. A sitcom based around an Asian immigrants is far more palatable to middle America than other minority groups (Aliens in America failed for a reason, sadly) and the premise lends itself to fresh funny stories.

    The problem is getting the tone right, lest you be accused to being overly PC or being racist.

    Comment by Oliver — Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:38pm PDT  
  • So I’m TV dumb, what does a “put pilot” mean. Does that mean the pilot is guaranteed to air or are they just guaranteed to make the pilot? I’m confused.

    Comment by Huh? — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 12:14am PDT  
    • The network may guarantee they’ll make it, but the network ultimately has the right to ka-bosh that if the script comes in as one steaming mess of Alpo.

      But creators like to think it’s “put”… just more smoke to get high on.

      Comment by Arthur Ashing — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT  
  • There’s always the Google, “Huh” :

    A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network

    Comment by Hwood Newbie — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 2:19am PDT  
  • A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air it. If they don’t air it, the network will have to pay a penalty, so basically it’s guaranteed to be picked up

    Comment by Cherry — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 2:38am PDT  
    • Quite the opposite, at least 20 put-pilots from last year are never going to air.

      Comment by RTV — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 6:22am PDT  
  • Natch is on fire! Congrats!

    Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:01am PDT  
  • Sounds perfect for Barry Jossen.

    Comment by pete — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:06am PDT  
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