Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) will star as the lead of ABC’s new comedy pilot “The Son In Law”, from 20th Century Television.
The single-camera show will be written and executive produced by Ajay Sahgal (The Carmichael Show) and executive produced by Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. Kasdan and Mar have produced Disney+’s Doogie Kamealoha M.D., ABC‘s Fresh Off the Boat, and Disney+’s upcoming American Born Chinese.
In “The Son In Law,” a salt-of-the-earth man, Jake (Sullivan) finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancée’s sophisticated parents, even as he is a difficult-to-impress father-in-law to his daughter’s longtime boyfriend.
According to Deadline, Sullivan will play Jake, divorced, with one 21 year old daughter, never thought he would love again, until Asha came along. The problem is that Jake, a hard-working plumbing contractor, is solidly middle class, while Asha hails from the equivalent of uber-wealthy South Asian royalty. Jake wants to marry Asha, and while he still needs to ask Asha’s father for his blessing, the real stumbling block is Asha’s loving but controlling mother, who doesn’t hide her feelings about Jake being all wrong for her daughter.
Sullivan has earned two Emmy nominations for his role as Toby on This Is Us. Other credits include the HBO series Camping, Marvel’s What If…?, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Fight, Stranger Things, and The Knick.
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