ABC Orders Chinese-American Family Comedy Pilot From Jessica Gao

Posted by on February 13, 2019

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ABC has given a late pilot order to a single-camera comedy from Emmy-winning Rick & Morty writer Jessica GaoImagine Television Studios, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios.

While it's still lacking an official name, the single-camera comedy has been going around town with the working title of 'Lazy Rich Asians.'

Written by Gao, who is of Chinese descent, the untitled series is about Janet Zhao, a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.

Gao was one of four female writers added to Rick & Morty for Season 3, the first time the hugely popular Adult Swim animated series had hired women to establish gender parity in the writers room. It was a Season 3 episode written by Gao, Pickle Rick, which landed the show, created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, its first Emmy nomination and win as Best Animated Program. 

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