Pictured here is Iranian-American actress Sarah Shahi. She’s not involved with this story about an Iranian-American comedy in the works for ABC, but you’re going to need something nice to look at while this gigantic turd works its way through your system:
The network has handed out a pilot order to the single-camera comedy “Funny in Farsi,” with [Barry] Sonnenfeld on board to direct and executive produce.
Based on Firoozeh Dumas’ memoir, the ABC Studios-produced “Farsi” is inspired by the Iranian-born author’s experiences growing up in Newport Beach, Calif., during the 1970s… The book was adapted by Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (“According to Jim”), who penned the pilot script. [THR]
To recap: a fish-out-of-water sitcom featuring foreigners in America, from a writer for “According to Jim” and the director of RV. Remember RV? It was Sonnenfeld’s last film. Go ahead, watch the trailer.
Sonnenfeld also directed “Pushing Daisies,” which had good actors, a good premise, good writing — and a terrible plastic sheen that didn’t match the dark mood of the show. Way to go, lousy director! Here, see what you can do with these foreign accents! Add as many record scratches as you need!
(more Sarah Shahi here)