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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are developing an anthology series about immigrants

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Newly-minted Oscar nominees Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani have their pick of projects at this point, and it looks like they’re headed to the small(er) screen. Deadline reports the Big Sick writers are teaming up with SMILF executive producer Lee Eisenberg and Master Of None co-creator Alan Yang on an anthology series about immigrants.

The show, titled Little America, is being developed for Apple, which must be relieved to get some good news this week. Little America will adapt non-fiction stories published in Epic Magazine about individual immigrant experiences to collectively render “a portrait of America itself.” Each half-hour episode will focus on “the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.” Elements of Nanjiani’s own immigration story were woven into the romantic comedy of The Big Sick, with Master Of None featuring similar themes, so this sounds like a great fit. According to Deadline, the anthology series is being eyed for a straight-to-series order.


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