Rules of Engagement alum Adhir Kalyan, Noureen DeWulf (Anger Management) Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Eastenders alum Nina Wadia are set as series regulars on ABC single camera comedy pilot Square Roots, written and exec produced by Vijal Patel. Michael Fresco (Suburgatory) is directing. Square Roots is about a man from a family of logic-driven engineers who is determined to use his “gift” to help the people he loves with their everyday issues. . .whether they like it or not.
Kalyan will play Daneesh “Dan” Desai, an engineer by trade, by disposition, and by genetic inheritance, Dan is a high IQ guy who is always thinking (and always venting), and he believes that everything is capable of being improved and adjusted with a little bit of engineering. He’s happily married to Ruth. DeWulf is Leena Desai, Dan’s wry and just a bit misanthropic sister, Leena has followed the family trade, and is an environmental engineer (who despises the nuclear power industry). But she has also stayed single, a shocking decision that has outraged the other members of her family. White plays Mukesh, a patriarchal uber-nerd and electrical engineer who believes adamantly in the old-fashioned virtues of hard work, self-determination and self-reliance. Wadia is Seema Desai, the mother of Dan and Leena, and grandmother of Owen and Paige (not yet cast), is in some ways a traditional Indian woman: she loves polyester, dotes on her family, and wants her daughter to start pushing out grandchildren. But Seema is also a chemical engineer with a high IQ, and she’s proud of her achievements outside the family.
Kalyan is repped by Thruline, UTA and Jackoway Tyerman. DeWulf is repped by Primary Wave and Innovative. White is with Greene & Associates Talent Agency. Wadia is repped by Principato-Young Entertainment and Independent Talent Group.
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