The series, which received a 10-episode order and was inspired by Awkwafina’s own upbringing in Queens, will follow an ambitious Queens-dwelling twentysomething who lives with her father and grandmother. B.D. Wong is set to co-star as Awkwafina’s father, and Lori Tan Chinn, whom Orange Is the New Black fans know as Mei Chang, will play her grandmother. Also on board? Newly installed Saturday Night Live writer Bowen Yang, who will play Awkwafina’s more successful cousin. Awkwafina, who also serves as an executive producer, wrote the first episode alongside Karey Dornetto (SMILF, Portlandia) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy, American Dad). Broad City and Rough Night director Lucia Aniello will helm the pilot.
“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” Awkwafina said in a statement. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian-American girl against the backdrop of the city [in which] I was raised.”
— AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) November 29, 2018