Fox has pushed back production on Nasim Pedrad’s comedy pilot “Chad: An American Boy.” The pilot is now scheduled to shoot in May, too late to be considered for upfronts that month. It remains in contention for a midseason pickup.
Fox cited complications related to an international casting search as the reason for the delay. “Chad” is a single-camera comedy in which “Saturday Night Live” alum Pedrad, who is of Iranian descent, plays a 13-year-old Iranian-American boy.
“Because of our commitment to authenticity, we conducted a worldwide casting search for several roles in this pilot which meant that we wouldn’t have been able to get visas in time to shoot within the traditional pilot window,” producer 20th Century Fox said in a statement.
Fox also announced the casting of two additional actors for the series—Christine Tawfik as Chad’s mother Naz and Paul Chahidi as Naz’s sweet older cousin Hamid.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, “Chad” is written by Pedrad and Rob Rosell. Jason Winer is set to direct the pilot. Pedrad, Rosell and Winer serves as executive producers. Ariana Molkara and Matthew Mindler have also been cast in the pilot.
Pedrad was a cast member on season one of Fox’s “Scream Queens” and on the network’s short-lived comedy series “Mulaney.”