A single-camera comedy project from a “Saturday Night Live” alum is moving forward, with the announcement by TBS that it picked up “Chad” to pilot. The project comes from actress and comedian Nasim Pedrad, who spent five seasons as a cast member on “SNL,” from 2009-2014.
Pedrad will play a 14-year-old Persian boy on the show, which tracks his efforts to fit in during high school while dealing with his mother’s dating life and reconciling his cultural identity.
The Iranian-American Pedrad is also creator, writer, executive producer and co-showrunner. Hayes Davenport is executive producer and co-showrunner. Oly Obst (3 Arts) and Rob Rosell are executive producers.
Production on the pilot will begin this spring.
“I’m so grateful to TBS for believing in ‘Chad’ and giving an adult Middle-Eastern woman the opportunity to play a teenage boy while also running the show behind the camera,” said Pedrad, whose relationship with TBS goes back to “People of Earth.”
“Nasim embodies this role so perfectly, you forget you’re watching a woman playing a young boy,” said Thom Hinkle, executive VO of original programming for TBS. “It’s such a funny, endearing script that evokes a modern-day ‘Wonder Years’ centered around a Middle Eastern family. We can’t wait to shoot it.”