The success of the movie Crazy Rich Asians has now potentially spawned a sitcom for ABC, with a script written by recent Emmy Award winner Jessica Gao. The movie was the first with an all-Asian cast since the Joy Luck Club, and it has succeeded in topping the box office for weeks.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the as-yet-untitled series tentatively called Lazy Rich Asians is in the works and hoping to capitalize on the success of the movie. Gao, who wrote a script for Rick & Morty called "Pickle Rick," which just took home an Emmy Award, is the writer tied to the new sitcom.
THR described the new series as a story about a first-generation Chinese-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a lot of money.
"The untitled single-camera comedy, which was pitched with the title Lazy Rich Asians, revolves around 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."