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NBC gives series order to Kal Penn and Mike Schur's immigration comedy

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According to Deadline, NBC has given a series order to Sunnyside, the new comedy project co-written by and starring Kal Penn alongside executive producer Mike Schur—a.k.a. the guy from The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine who played Mose on The Office. When the pilot got picked up at the beginning of the year, we explained that the show is about a former New York City Councilman (Penn) who meets up with a group of recent immigrants who need his help securing “the American Dream.” We now know that he’s actually a disgraced city councilman whose life and career have fallen apart after a public intoxication scandal. The Deadline story says that the producers have “assembled a cast of predominantly immigrant actors,” which is, unsurprisingly, a “rarity on broadcast TV.” (Also, if anyone is curious, this will not impact Penn’s role on Designated Survivor.)

In other NBC news, the network has also given a series order to Bluff City Law, a legal drama set in Memphis starring Jimmy Smits. It sounds like the exact kind of show you’d expect it to be.


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