NBC has decided not to go forward with half-hour comedy Mail Order Family after the concept was met with disapproval by Asian American groups over possible stereotyping of Filipino women, triggering a Change.org petition to stop the project.
“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”
Deadline revealed details about the comedy, from Superstore writer-producer Jackie Clarke, director-executive producer Ruben Fleischer and executive producer David Bernad, earlier this week.
Written and executive produced by Clarke, Mail Order Family is loosely based on Clarke’s family. It follows a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two preteen daughters. Universal TV was the studio.
Mail Order Family was still in the script stage. Two years ago, ABC Family scrapped greenlighted pilot Alice In Arabia after pressure from a Muslim advocacy group, also concerned over stereotyping.