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The news, announced Wednesday during the WarnerMedia upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers, arrives as the comedy-focused cable network is also adding its first drama with the TNT import Snowpiercer.
Chad, originally developed by TNT/TBS boss Kevin Reilly during his tenure at Fox, is a 10-episode comedy revolving around Saturday Night Live grad Pedrad playing a 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy as he navigates his quest to become popular in high school. (Watch the trailer, below.)
Pedrad created, wrote and executive produces Chad and will serve as co-showrunner alongside Hayes Davenport. Rob Rosell, 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and Davenport also exec produce. Ella Mika, Saba Homayoon, Paul Chahidi, Jake Ryan and Alexa Loo co-star in the series, which arrives after Hulu found success with the comedy PEN15, in which its adult creators star as middle school teens in the 1990s.
“Thom Hinkle and I pursued this show for three years and it was well worth the wait. Chad is creative, diverse and inclusive storytelling that epitomizes the TBS brand,” said TBS and TNT GM Brett Weitz. “Nasim Pedrad is a comedic mastermind and profound storyteller.”
Miracle Workers, meanwhile, will return for a second season and see stars Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni return to play entirely different roles. Season two of the Simon Rich comedic anthology will head to Medieval Times and center on a group of villagers in the dark ages trying to stay positive in an age of inequality and fake news. Lorne Michaels exec produces the series via his Broadway Video banner.
“I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to bring my novel What in God’s Name to life in season one,” said Rich, who also created the former FX comedy Man Seeking Woman. “And now that I’ve bled that sucker dry, I’m really excited to tell a brand-new story with the same group of brilliant actors.”
The Last O.G., starring Tracy Morgan and breakout Tiffany Haddish, will return for a third season after ranking as the highest-rated cable comedy debut since 2015. The series is exec produced by Morgan, Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum.