Amazon Freevee has greenlit original comedy The Pradeeps of Pittsburgh. The show is inspired by the life of Vijal Patel, and is about an Indian family in their first few months after moving to America. There are eight episodes, and Freevee is going straight-to-series on the show.
“As told through hilarious (and often conflicting) flashbacks from an interrogation room, the Pradeeps quickly find themselves embroiled—romantically, personally and professionally—with a polar-opposite neighborhood family, leading to a predicament with many surprising twists,” according to Freevee.
Naveen Andrews, Sindhu Vee and Megan Hilty star. Andrews plays the father, Vee the mother, and Hilty plays Janice, “a sexy suburban Christian who loves to preach forgiveness, but rarely forgives others,” in Freevee’s words.
“The Pradeeps of Pittsburgh shines a comedic light on the centuries-old, universally relatable first-generation experience,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD original content and programming at Amazon Studios. “We look forward to sharing Vijal's personally inspired story—filled with heart, humility, and humor—with the Freevee audience.”
The Pradeeps is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.
Patel is showrunner and executive producer. Also exec producing are Sara Gilbert, Mandy Summers and Tom Werner. Michael Showalter of Semi-Formal Productions is also an executive producer and will direct the pilot.
“This show is from a very personal place, and explores the many facets of the immigrant struggle,” said Patel. “As my parents say, the pain got funnier over time—like wine.”
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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