ABC Orders Nahnatchka Khan’s ‘Fresh Off The Boat’, Chris Moynihan’s ‘Saint Francis’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NAHNATCHKA KAHN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CREATOR/WRITER)Don’t Trust The B—- creator Nahnatchka Khan is back on pilot duty at ABC as the network has given a pilot order to her single-camera comedy project Fresh Off The Boat. This is Khan’s second pilot pickup this season; she also has comedy Fatrick on Fox, which is on a series track. Fresh Off The Boat, which had a put pilot commitment, is written/executive produced by Khan, with Jake Kasdan also exec producing the project for 20th Century Fox TV, where both abclogoKhan and Kasdan are based. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, it is set in the 1990s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture. With his father owning and operating an All-American Steakhouse chain, this loving family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) Taiwanese Americans try to live the American dream while still maintaining their cultural identity and sense of family. This is a setup Khan can relate to as she too is a first-generation American. Kasdan’s producing partner Melvin Mar also exec produces the project, while restaurateur/TV personality Huang serves as producer. Read More »

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Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash’s Comedy ‘Fatrick’ Gets Pilot Order At Fox

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fatrick was one of the first big sales this season, landing a pilot production commitment at Fox in early August. Now the comedy, written by Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive … Read More »

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Nahnatchka Khan Immigrant Family Comedy With Jake Kasdan Lands At ABC As Put Pilot

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 6:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Trust The B—- creator Nahnatchka Khan is back at ABC with a new single-camera comedy. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to Fresh Off The Boat, which Khan is writing/executive producing. Jake Kasdan also is exec producing the project, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Khan and Kasdan are based. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off The Boat is set in the ’90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) This is a setup Khan can relate to as she too is a first-generation American whose parents were “fresh off the boat.” Kasdan’s producing partner Melvin Mar also exec produces the project, while restaurateur/TV personality Huang serves as producer. Read More »

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Fox Nabs Comedy From Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 5:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a hot comedy pairing, Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan has teamed with Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) for a half-hour comedy aimed at the 2014-15 season. The project, Fatrick, was taken out today and, not surprisingly, sold at the first place it was pitched to, Fox, which gave it a pilot production commitment. 20th Century Fox TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, produces Fatrick, which centers on thirtysomething Patrick. On the surface, it looks like he has it all — handsome, cool, dating all the hottest girls… But we soon realize that he’s not as far along in his life as he should be because he’s being held back by the insecurities of growing up as Fatrick, a 10-year-old chubster just trying to survive. Khan co-created and will write the pilot with Don’t Trust The B—- co-executive producer Corey Nickerson, with Faxon and Rash set to direct. The four will executive produce with Kevin Walsh.

20th TV is off to a fast start this pitch season with two pilot production commitments, for Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date, and a put pilot for Michael Green’s League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, all at Fox, and sizable penalties for drama Travelers and comedy Cristela at ABC. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Apartment 23′ Panel Turns Into ‘B—’ Session: TCA

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 12:32pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

At today’s TCA panel on Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23, creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan said the show is different from other new “roommate” comedies like CBS’ 2 Broke Girls because one of the roommates is a total bitch. The bitch (Krysten Ritter’s Chloe) is the B— of the title. It’s a word ABC entertainment president Paul Lee said earlier in the day could not be included in the title of a network show, even though it might work for cable. The new series — from American Dad executive producer Khan with David Hemingson and Jeff Morton — is about a sweet girl from the heartland (Dreama Walker’s June) forced by circumstances to bunk in with a wild roommate who doesn’t mind having sex on top of a birthday cake. Read More »

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James Van Der Beek To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Bitch’ Comedy Pilot As Himself

Nellie Andreeva

In what would be his first major comedy series gig, Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek is set to co-star in the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. The Nahnatchka Khan/Dave Hemingson project, to be directed by Modern Family‘s Jason Winer, centers on June (Dreama Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Van Der Beek will play Chloe’s best friend James Van Der Beek, a heightened version of himself in the vein of Neil Patrick Harris’ stint in the Harold & Kumar movies and Matt LaBlanc’s starring role on the Showtime comedy Episodes. The role, originally named after and eyed for former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass, is being completely rewritten for Van Der Beek.

Van Der Beek has always been sought after during pilot season for drama projects. But, following his viral videos for FunnyOrDie.com, for the first time this season, he fielded all comedy offers. On TV, Van Der Beek, repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment, most recently co-stared on the NBC medical drama Mercy. He also did a memorable guest spot on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s ex. Here is one of the Van Der Beek’s FunnyOrDie videos, in which he pokes fun at his character on Dawson’s. Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: Two Land Comedy Projects

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True Blood alumna Anna Camp has become the first actress cast in the NBC comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, landing one of the four leads in the single-camera project from writer-exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV. … Read More »

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Krysten Ritter Set For Title Role In ABC’ ‘Don’t Trust The Bitch’ Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter, who has been among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season with multiple offers, will play the lead in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed … Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: Dreama Walker To Star In ABC’s ‘Bitch,’ Trio Join TV Land’s ‘Divorced’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Dreama Walker, who is recurring on the CBS drama The Good Wife, is set to star in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Jason Winer. The 20th TV-produced … Read More »

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ABC Orders Dave Hemingson/Nahnatchka Khan Comedy Pilot; Jason Winer To Direct

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UPDATED: On the heels of ABC renewing its flagship comedy series Modern Family for a third season, the network is finalizing a deal to pick up a  single-camera comedy pilot directed by the Modern Family pilot director Jason Winer. The … Read More »

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ABC Wins War For Blog-Based Comedy ‘Dealbreaker’

By | Monday November 1, 2010 @ 6:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: American Dad executive producer Nahnatchka Khan is emerging as the comedy star of this buying season with a second half-hour project that sparked heated bidding. A month after Fox won the bidding war for her single-camera family comedy Connected, ABC just landed Khan’s relationship comedy Dealbreaker in a similarly competitive situation. Both projects are produced by 20th TV where Khan is under an overall deal. Khan will co-write Dealbreaker, which landed a premium script commitment with penalty from ABC, with American Dad writer Laura McCreary. It is based on the blog by comics Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson and their recent book of the same name. The blog and the book are described as a “hilarious reference guide to the qualities that, when discovered, transform the ‘date you hope to go home with’ into the ‘date you pray never calls again’” and as a catalogue of characteristics that serve as early warning signs of possible relationship discontent. Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, which had optioned the rights to the book, will serve as executive producers on the TV project. Read More »

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Fox ‘Connected’ With Family Comedy From ‘American Dad’ Producer Nahnatchka Khan

By | Thursday September 30, 2010 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a bidding war, Fox has handed out a put pilot commitment to Connected, a single-camera family comedy from from American Dad! executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and  documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler. Khan will write and executive produce the project, an … Read More »

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