6:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Nasim Pedrad to Play 14-Year-Old Boy in Fox Comedy Pilot
Fox is making good on its holding deal with Nasim Pedrad.
The network has greenlighted Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera comedy pilot written by and starring the Mulaney and Saturday Night Live alum.
Pedrad will star as a 14-year-old boy in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks.
Pedrad will pen the script alongside Rob Rosell (New Girl, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky of 3 Arts as well as Jason Winer will exec produce, with the latter on board to direct the 20th Century Fox Television pilot.
"I'm thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV,” Pedrad said Wednesday in a statement. “Also, a big thank you to Fox for understanding that my true essence is that of an awkward and misguided 14-year-old boy."
Chad stems from a talent holding and development deal the network and studio counterpart 20th TV inked with the actress in March. Under the pact, Pedrad was poised to create, write and star in a comedy produced by the studio and 3 Arts.
The deal expands her relationship with the network after having left Saturday Night Live for a co-starring role on Fox's short-lived John Mulaney comedy.
For Fox, Chad becomes the network's eighth comedy pilot this season — on par with last year. All of its comedy pilots this season are single-camera — up two vs. a year ago.
Chad also becomes the latest high-concept comedy pilot this season as broadcasters look to emulate the success Fox had last season with The Last Man on Earth.
Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.