Actor-writer Biniam Bizuneh has been cast as the male lead opposite Beth Behrs in Culture Clash (fka Our People), Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran. Bizuneh replaces former The Mayor co-star Bernard David Jones who had been originally tapped for the role. The recasting decision was made after the pilot’s table read.
The project from Lee Daniels Entertainment, Endemol Shine and 20th Century Fox TV is based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young Multicultural Couple.
Written by Chandrasekaran and directed by Trent O’Donnell, Culture Clash revolves around Abel (Bizuneh), a man from a bombastic African family that doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy,” and his fiancée Jenny (Behrs), from a Midwestern family, as they try to build a normal life together — though nobody can agree what that “normal” means.
Bizuneh’s Abel is a good natured and educated Ethiopian refugee who can be a smart mouth when pushed. His time spent in a refugee camp as a child before coming to America left him with a few rough edges.
Daniels executive produces alongside Chandrasekaran; Pam Williams; Marc Velez; the original series’ creators Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben-Atar and Liat Shavit; and Endemol Shine Israel in association with Endemol Shine North America.
Biniam has served as a staff writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, made his televised stand-up debut on Viceland’s Flophouse, and currently writes and stars in his original Comedy Central digital series How To Be Broke. He is repped by Primary Wave Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.