Fox is developing a country music comedy series from Vir Das and Sam Laybourne, Variety has learned.
Titled “Country Eastern,” the single-camera show received a script commitment with a penalty. The show is about a rich young man from India who starts his life over in America with his family. While trying to rebuild their life in Memphis, Tennessee, he decides to pursue his passion and become a country music singer. Only problem: it’s crap. Total shit. He’s going to have to get some experience living in the United States if he’s going to have anything real to sing about.
Das is attached to co-write and executive produce the project with Laybourne, with Laybourne also attached to serve as showrunner. The intention is for Das to star in the project as well. Party Over Here’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Ali Bell will also serve as executive producers along with Reg Tigerman. CBS Studios and Fox Entertainment will produce.
Das is a popular comedian and Bollywood star. He will then be seen in Judd Apatow’s film “The Bubble”. Das was the first Indian comedian to have his own Netflix comedy special, and he has since released four specials on the streamer in five years. His US TV credits include ‘Whiskey Cavalier’, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and the Netflix series ‘Hasmokh’.
He is replaced by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Isaac Dunham.
Laybourne was most recently executive producer of the NBC musical “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” It currently has pilots set on both ABC and CBS. He has previously written for shows like ‘Black-ish’, ‘The Real O’Neals’, ‘Cougar Town’ and ‘Arrested Development’. He co-created and served as co-showrunner on “The Michael J. Fox Show.”
He is replaced by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone and Myman Greenspan.
Party Over Here’s current slate includes “PEN15” at Hulu and “I Think You Should Go With Tim Robinson” at Netflix. The company also produced the film “Palm Spring”, in which Samberg starred.
Party Over Here is replaced by UTA.