ABC gives greenlight to ‘Farsi’

McDougall to direct 'Wife' for CBS

ABC has spoken, giving a greenlight to the comedy pilot “Funny in Farsi.”

Laffer is based on the novel “Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America” by Firoozeh Dumas, who chronicled her upbringing as an Iranian immigrant in 1970s Newport Beach.

Pickup is contingent on locating a director. Nastaran Dibai and Jeffrey Hodes (“Rita Rocks”) are aboard to exec produce and write. ABC Studios produces.

Elsewhere in pilot land, helmer Charles McDougall (“The Tudors”) is set to direct CBS pilot “The Good Wife.”

“The Good Wife,” from CBS Paramount Network TV, revolves around a politician’s wife who takes a legal job after her husband is disgraced. Robert and Michelle King wrote the pilot, which also comes from Scott Free Prods.

McDougall’s credits include “Big Love,” “The Office” and “Desperate Housewives.”

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