Who’s ready for more kickass South Asian representation on American TV? Because it’s coming. Sunil Nayar’s drama about a Sikh lawyer has landed at NBC thanks to “Ugly Betty” actress America Ferrera & executive producer Teri Weinberg. The two have launched a production house, name TBD. They’ve signed a first look deal with Universal TV, with the first project being Nayar’s drama.
In it, the protagonist is Amrita Kaur. She’s a Sikh woman and an optimistic law student, working with her peers at a renegade student-run law firm. They take on some of the country’s biggest issues with the aim of giving voice to the voiceless. This sounds exactly like the type of TV show we need right now.
Along with Nayar, Ferrera, and Weinberg, Drew Brown will also executive produce it. “Scandal” writer-director Sharat Raju will be the supervising producer with Tafari Lumumba. Valarie Kaur will co-executive produce. What a solid team to have on this project. We hope that both, behind-the-scenes in terms of writers for the show and on-screen with the actors, the South Asian representation continues to build with this drama.
Nayar’s major credits include producing the ABC drama “Revenge,” which ran for four seasons and starred Pakistani-American actress Dilshad Vadsaria in a recurring role. Before that, he was an executive producer for shows like “Body of Proof” and “CSI: Miami.” His first writing job was for “Oz” on HBO. Ferrera is, of course, well-known for her lead role in the comedy “Ugly Betty.” Currently, she stars on “Superstore.” Weinberg not only produced the former comedy and other big shows including “The Office” and “Tudors.”
This show comes at a time when some other major shows involving South Asians are already in the works. The dramedy “Make Divya Great Again” from Devanshi Patel for The CW, “Model Minorities,” a comedy about an Indian-American family at FOX, and Priyanka Chopra’s potential show for ABC, based on the life of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene.
Will we finally see more people who look like us on T.V. outside of stereotypical roles? Looks like it! Finally.