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SQUARE ROOTS (ABC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
8/23/12 - 3/23/16
STATUS:
currently in development (2016-2017 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, March 2016) Meet the Desais, a family who sees the world from a unique point of view. While others look to comic book superheroes to save the world, the Desais know who the real superheroes are: engineers. From creating Pyramids to iPads, they'll tell you the world would be nothing without them. Coincidentally, all the Desais are engineers, so they have some pretty big brains... which they may occasionally remind you of. India-born parents, Bina and Mukesh, believe so much in hard work, they don't even let their grandkids eat Lucky Charms. There's no such thing as luck, just hard work. Daughter Saleena, is considered the "hippie" of the family because she loves the environment, hates people, and has a PhD in Nuclear Waste Management from MIT. Regardless, her mother is determined to get her married. Or as she puts it, find a 'covalent bond'. Son, Daneesh "Dan", couldn't do more than one push-up as a kid, so he worked hard to build his mind as his weapon. He loves applying his engineering skills to everyday life to solve problems for friends and family, especially when they don't ask for it. Dan's wife, Ruth, is a fun-loving daughter of a biker who feels like the oddwoman- out in this family of brainiacs. But she really admires all the love they have for each other. Ruth has just discovered that, back when they met, Dan used an algorithm to see if they'd be compatible spouses, including categories like "Bladder Synchronization Frequency." It resulted in a definitive 'NO'. This revelation leads them to explore their very opposite views on just about everything, until Dan ultimately points out he still married her. Why? Because Ruth brings so much to his life that numbers could never express. Dan and Ruth's two children, Paige and Owen, have traits of both parents, but are still expected to become engineers by Dan's side of the family, whether they want to or not. Hint: they don't. Despite their logical approach to life, things often get illogical with the Desais. Like when Owen and his grandfather create a cereal called "Hardworking Charms" to sell at school, which gets Owen suspended. Or when Dan tries to persuade Paige to do Precocious Math, instead of Rock Camp, by engineering a simulated dystopia in their living room to show Ruth and Paige the doom that comes from trading "math for meth". It's moments like these when Ruth has to remind Dan that he's so smart, he circles back to stupid.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Adhir Kalyan as Daneesh "Dan" Desai
· Bernard White as Mukesh
· Callan Farris
· Isabella Day
· Katie Walder as Ruth
· Nina Wadia as Seema Desai
· Noureen DeWulf as Leena Desai
CREW INFORMATION:
· Michael Fresco as DIR (Pilot)
· Vijal Patel as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios