Don’t Trust The B—- creator Nahnatchka Khan is back on pilot duty at ABC as the network has given a pilot order to her single-camera comedy project Fresh Off The Boat. This is Khan’s second pilot pickup this season; she also has comedy Fatrick on Fox, which is on a series track. Fresh Off The Boat, which had a put pilot commitment, is written/executive produced by Khan, with Jake Kasdan also exec producing the project for 20th Century Fox TV, where both Khan and Kasdan are based. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, it is set in the 1990s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture. With his father owning and operating an All-American Steakhouse chain, this loving family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) Taiwanese Americans try to live the American dream while still maintaining their cultural identity and sense of family. This is a setup Khan can relate to as she too is a first-generation American. Kasdan’s producing partner Melvin Mar also exec produces the project, while restaurateur/TV personality Huang serves as producer.
ABC’s second comedy pilot order today also went to a creator who has had a series on ABC, Man Up‘s Chris Moynihan. His multi-camera comedy Saint Francis centers on a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Tagline and ABC Studios are producing the pilot, with Moynihan, Ron West and Kelly Kulchak executive producing. Moynihan, who is an actor, starred on Man Up but will not have an on-screen role on Saint Francis. This marks the second multi-camera comedy pilot for ABC this season, joining the cast-contingent order to the Kevin Hart project.