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ABC is teaming with Reese Witherspoon to tell the story of an undocumented Iranian family.
The Disney-owned broadcast network has handed out a script commitment to the half-hour comedy Americanized, from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner and ABC Studios. The project is based on author Sara Saedi’s memoir of the same name.
Americanized tells the story of a loving and offbeat Iranian family who has been living with a huge secret: They’re undocumented immigrants. Told through an irreverent, heartfelt and apolitical lens, the series will give viewers a window into the life of a Middle Eastern household while exploring the universal truths that bond every type of “American” family.
Saedi (iZombie, The Goodwin Games) will pen the script and executive produce the project for ABC Studios, alongside Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter.
Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA and Gretchen Rush; Saedi is with Gersh, Nacelle Co. and Bloom Hergott.
This is the latest TV foray for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. The company has the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies due in 2019. It also has three straight-to-series projects in the works at Apple on top of Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, with the latter also hailing from ABC Studios’ cable-focused Signature banner.
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