NBC Green Lights Pilot For Immigration Comedy Series Starring Kal Penn

Kel Penn

NBC has officially approved a pilot for a new comedy series starring actor Kal Penn.

Penn has also signed up to co-write the show with writer-producer Matt Murray and share executive producer credits with Michael Schur, Deadline reports.

Penn took to Twitter to announce the development and to thank the network for giving him the go signal to start shooting the project.



The still-untitled single-camera television program marks Penn’s return to comedy after co-starring on the ABC drama “Designated Survivor” for two seasons. He is set to reprise in his role of Seth Wright for the show’s upcoming third season on Netflix with a one-year deal.

Image via Instagram / kalpenn

Set in New York City, the comedy focuses on Penn’s character, former Councilman Garrett Shah, who “finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.”

Aside from his recent projects, Penn is also known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program “House,” as well as his character Kumar Patel in the “Harold & Kumar” film series. He is also recognized for his starring role as Nikhil “Gogol” Ganguli in the critically acclaimed 2006 film “The Namesake.”

Featured image via Instagram / kalpenn

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