ABC has handed out a script-plus-penalty commitment to an untitled comedy by writer Jessica Gao. Gao recently won the Best Animated Program Emmy for her episode of RICK AND MORTY entitled “Pickle Rick”. From The Hollywood Reporter:
The single-camera project, which was pitched with the title Lazy Rich Asians, revolves around Janet Zhao, a first-generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.
Gao will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios and Imagine TV effort alongside the latter company’s Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Samie Kim Falvey.
The order for the comedy arrives as Crazy Rich Asians has defied box-office expectations, grossing more than $164.3 million worldwide (with $135.8 million of that domestically) on a budget of $30 million. The feature film’s success has opened the door for other Asian-American-fronted TV and movie projects, while also helping to revive the rom-com genre.