The comedy, inspired by Hannah’s nontraditional Indian family, had a put pilot commitment. Written and executive produced by Simone and former New Girl co-executive producer Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, the untitled project centers on Hannah (Simone) and her Indian-American immigrant father. They always have been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close — or just crazy.
Simone, who was born in London to an Indian father and an English mother of German, Italian and Greek Cypriot descent, has a strong bond with her father. Four years ago, she penned an emotional tribute to him in Time magazine, praising his “courage, vision and pioneering feminist spirit.” Simone has introduced her father to some of her celebrity pals, and the two did a promotional spot for Toyota reminiscing about the time he taught her how to drive.
This marks the second consecutive pilot at ABC for Simone, who last season played the lead of the network’s The Greatest American Hero reboot pilot. Coming off a seven-year run as a series regular on Fox’s New Girl, Simone has been among the most sought-after actresses for pilots.
Fusfeld and Cuthbertson spent four seasons on New Girl, rising from producers to co-executive producers. They most recently worked as co-EPs on ABC/ABC Studios’ comedy series The Mayor.
The Hannah Simone comedy joins other ABC comedy pilot Happy Accident.