ABC Producing Comedy About Middle Eastern Superhero Family, from Bassem Youssef & Larry Wilmore
Bassem Yousseff and Larry Wilmore will be bringing a new family comedy to ABC. The show will follow a Middle Eastern family that have superpowers.
The untitled series centers on the Sharif family, an ordinary Middle Eastern American family with two superhero parents at a time when it’s illegal to be a superhero, so they are forced to save the world in secret. The show will highlight some of the issues that immigrant families face when it comes to fitting into a society that at many times treats you like the enemy.
Youssef and Wilmore will write and executive produce the show, ABC will produce.
Wilmore executive produces HBO’s Insecure and ABC’s Black-ish. Youssef is a writer and comedian who has been nicknamed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt”.
“To have ABC challenge the narrative and stereotypes that have long stuck to people in my region is something spectacular to say the least,” said Youssef. “To have only terrorist roles available for us one day, then get to play superheroes the next, is ground breaking. I am grateful to work with, Larry Wilmore, one of the most talented writers and producers in the market. SCH is unprecedented, culture-defining, and entertaining for the whole family.”
This is an exciting new project for ABC to produce. The untitled comedy will be joining the likes of The Goldbergs, Fresh off the Boat, and Black-ish. The comedy will be sure to be relevant, poignant, and hilarious as it explores the lives of Middle Eastern family in America, it will also be joining the superhero craze that has taken over TV and movies.