NBC has pulled the plug on a comedy just days after announcing that it was going to be developing the project.
The project is “Mail Order Family,” whose premise sparked an outcry among bloggers and commentators. The show was from Jackie Clarke, who’s behind the network’s sophomore series “Superstore,” and was to be loosely based on Clarke’s family.
The show would have focused on a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two daughters.
Asian American bloggers and other commentators reportedly responded with harsh criticism of the show’s willingness to apparently make light of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
News of the project broke just last week, as we reported previously.
But NBC subsequently released a statement saying: “We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother. … The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”