More awesome news for our Asian diaspora visibility and content. US Cable TV network TNT has ordered the pilot for HIGHLAND, which is a comedy drama written and executive produced by Liz Sarnoff (Lost, Barry) and Margaret Cho (Margaret Cho: PsyCHO, Drop Dead Diva). Cho will also star in it. Deadline Hollywood continues:
Inspired by Cho’s personal history with substance abuse, Highland will chronicle what happens when two extended, dysfunctional Korean-American families who share the same patriarch must come together after tragedy strikes. As it turns out, the most reliable person in both families is the one who just got out of rehab. The pilot is a co-production of Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, with Cho serving as executive producer
“Liz Sarnoff and Margaret Cho’s brilliant script exposes Margaret’s warm heart and bracing humor, balancing powerful emotional truths with laugh-out-loud scenes and characters,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Highland continues TNT’s commitment to bringing diverse voices and worlds to television. We look forward to making a pilot with such a singular talent as Margaret Cho.”
Highland marks TNT’s third project with Tomorrow Studios, which also produces the network’s praised new drama Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery, and is currently in production on a pilot for Snowpiercer, based on the award-winning film by Bong Joon Ho. TNT’s development slate also includes pilots for thrillers The Deep Mad Dark and Deadlier Than the Male (working title).
This is pretty awesome, and I love Margaret Cho. Cho says things as it is, and she will speak for Asian and LGBTIQ+ empowerment. Cho may be controversial, but that is why we all love her! I can’t wait to check this out when it is aired on TNT!
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