Apple has picked up a new show from comedian and filmmaker Kumail Nanjiani and writer and producer, Emily V. Gordon. The duo behind 2017’s highest grossing indie film, “The Big Sick” has developed a half-hour anthology series portraying the life of immigrants titled “Little America.” This new show will be a straight-to-series project by Apple.
We are very excited about this series and are going to work with a lot of diverse and talented writers and directors to tell stories based on real immigrant experiences. https://t.co/frLwAWYI6w
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 19, 2020
In these complex political times, Apple is taking a positive step with “Little America.” The new show is a snapshot of America through the eyes of the country’s immigrants. The show aims to portray a realistic view of immigrants going beyond sensationalist headlines to reveal the romantic, funny, inspiring and unexpected lives of these hard-working individuals. “Little America” is inspired from the true stories in Epic Magazine.
Nanjiani and his wife, Gordon, executive produce the show along with “SMILF” executive producer Lee Eisenberg, “Master of None” co-creator and executive producer Alan Yang and Universal Television. Nanjiani and Yang are tapping into their own immigrant experiences to write the show along with Eisenberg and Gordon.
“Little America” is the second straight-to-series project developed by Apple after Octavia Spencer’s drama, “Are You Sleeping.” Apple has numerous shows on the horizon including an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller.
Aside from their kick ass show being picked up by Apple, the “Silicon Valley” actor and his wife have been hard at work since the success of “The Big Sick.” Nanjiani made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut and is working on an untitled cop comedy opposite John Cena. Meanwhile, Gordon will be writing the film adaptation for Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s bestselling novel The Nest for Amazon. She’s also written for “The Carmichael Show” on NBC, “Another Period” on Comedy Central, and “Crashing” on HBO.