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[05/10/14 - 12:05 PM]
Development Update: Saturday, May 10 - "Cristela," "Fresh Off the Boat" Added to ABC's Comedy Roster
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

Here are the latest projects being picked up to series by the aforementioned network for the 2014-15 season (via press release):

"CRISTELA"

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She's stuck straddling the old culture she's trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she's trying to embrace in her professional career. Her sister, Daniela, wants her to come work for her cable company call center where she can actually get paid while her brother-in-law, Felix, just wants her to move out of their home and stop freeloading. Meanwhile, her mother, Natalia, wishes she would just give up the dream and settle down, preferably with someone just like Felix. But what Cristela lacks in family support she makes up for with the gusto she approaches every situation with... including her internship interview where she manages to unwittingly insult her future boss. But as she's learned from her upbringing, nothing that's worth having comes easy. From the executive producers of Last Man Standing, breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious family comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

"FRESH OFF THE BOAT"

It's the 90s and 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando with his family. Before this, his immigrant family settled easily into Washington DC's Chinatown. But here, it is pure culture shock for them. Orlando doesn't have a Chinatown... unless you count the Huang house. The popular kids at Eddie's junior high school are impressed by his love of hip-hop, but banish him from their table when he opens up his 'fragrant' traditional Chinese lunch in the middle of the crowded cafeteria. It is almost as bad for his immigrant mother, Jessica (Constance Wu), who has never seen the inside of a traditional American supermarket and can't understand the fast-talking, rollerblading neighbor moms. Plus, the Florida humidity is a disaster for her hair. His immigrant dad, Louis (Randall Park) is the complete opposite. He loves all things American and proudly embraces his patriotism with his Old West themed American steakhouse complete with wagon wheel tables. He's determined to bring in more customers and make his restaurant a success so his family can prosper and be happy in this country. His Grandma Huang is in her own world, cracking up while she watches the shopping networks with her new credit card in hand. Although she speaks no English, she is inexplicably tickled to death by Joan Rivers. Eddie has to watch out for his 9-year-old brother Gary, the suck-up of the family, who is always ready to tell on his brothers every chance he gets. It is Eddie's 11-year-old brother, Freddy, who is fitting in best. He scored a girlfriend the first day of school while Eddie, trying to maintain some street cred, ended up in the Principal's office for fighting the school's other least popular kid. Through it all, they have each other's backs and their American Dream. Based on chef Eddie Huang's memoir Fresh Off the Boat.






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· CRISTELA (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)





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