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Middle Eastern Superhero Family Comedy in Development at ABC

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ABC is developing a comedy about a Middle Eastern family with superpowers from Larry Wilmore and Bassem Youssef, Variety has learned.

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 many times treats you like the enemy.

“At its heart, it is a family show about assimilation and the difficulties and the problems and the conflicts with assimilation,” Wilmore told Deadline. “There are so many issues immigrant families face becoming Americans To combine this with a fantasy adventure show seemed like an interesting approach to a family show.”

The comedy won’t be topical. “There won’t be a President Trump,” Wilmore said. “Even through it would be America, it won’t be this version of America, it won’t be a political show in this sense, it will be in its own world.”

The project stems from a superhero show idea Wilmore had had for a while. It was given a boost when Wilmore inked an overall deal with ABC Studios, with the studio encouraging its writer-producers to explore Disney IP. Wilmore jumped at the prospect of a show based on Pixar’s The Incredibles.

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