A ‘Crazy Rich Asians’-Inspired Comedy Is Coming To ABC
From ‘Rick and Morty’ writer Jessica Gao
In case you've been living under a rock, Crazy Rich Asians has become the film of the summer. The best box office debut for a romantic comedy in three years, the film has quickly become a critical and commercial success. And just as author Kevin Kwan and director Jon M. Chu had hoped, its blockbuster status has piqued the interest of Hollywood—to the point where networks and studios are beginning to work on projects centered on the Asian-American experience.
The latest one? According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is working on a currently untitled comedy series pitched as "Lazy Rich Asians" from Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao.
The project has been described as a single-camera show that focuses on a Chinese-American woman named Janet Zhao. Like many other first-generation Asian-Americans, Janet "struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family"—something that's further complicated after she becomes the sole inheritor of her wealthy grandmother's fortune. Per the publication, this causes Janet to become "the unwilling new matriarch of the family she's spent her life trying to keep at arm's length" and, naturally, hilarity ensues.
Gao will reportedly write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, and Samie Kim Falvey.