NBC Elects to Order Kal Penn’s Immigration Comedy Pilot, Produced by Mike Schur

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In his latest project headed to NBC, showrunner Mike Schur is ready to take you to another Good Place. No, not heaven. Instead, he’s ushering you onto the beautiful, terrible, pizza-rat–filled streets of New York City. On Monday, NBC placed a pilot order for Schur’s as-yet-untitled comedy starring Kal Penn.

Co-writing alongside Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation alum Matt Murray, the Designated Survivor actor will star as “former New York City 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.” Penn famously both worked in the Obama White House and starred in the Harold & Kumar franchise, so if there’s any better foundation from which to riff on immigration in 2019, we’d like to hear it, and also we’d like to go ahead and ask Mike Schur to start developing that pilot too.

NBC Elects to Order Kal Penn’s Immigration Comedy Pilot