EXCLUSIVE: Chad found a new home.
The second season of Nasim Pedrad’s coming-of-age comedy series will premiere on The Roku Channel after it was axed as part of the Warner Bros. cable network’s cost-cutting measures. DiscoveryTBS.
As Deadline revealed, Chad was one of several shows and films—completed or in various stages of pre-production or production—that were scrapped after CEO David Zaslav took charge of the combined company. While the rest were permanently shelved for use as corporate tax cuts, following a plea by Pedrad to new TBS management, she and her team were allowed to purchase the series. .
Roku, which previously acquired the Quibi library, will now exclusively offer the second season of Chad, which has been completed and was originally scheduled to air on TBS in April, then again in July. The streamer has also acquired the non-exclusive rights to ChadThe first season of , whose original run on TBS ranked No. 1 new scripted comedy series on cable in 2021.
Chad, which has been hailed for breaking racial stereotypes with an authentic portrayal of immigrant and Middle Eastern American life, stars Pedrad as a Persian-American teenager, Chad Amani. This is an exciting project for the SNL alumnus she spent about a decade working on, first at Fox, where it was originally developed and went to pilot, then at TBS. Now, the comedy has beaten the odds to become a rare series to survive a cancellation and find a new home.
The feat would normally be cause for celebration, which for Pedrad was muted in light of the tragic events in his native Iran, where more than 200 people died following the government’s crackdown on Protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested for failing to wear her hijab to official standards.
Protests against the Iranian regime have spread around the world, with prominent figures, like Pedrad, speaking out. Over the weekend, Iranian-Americans traveled from San Diego to a protest in Los Angeles. Pedrad was among those marching, posting on social media that she was “forever with the people of Iran”.
Pedrad expressed his mixed emotions in a statement on Chadmoved to Roku.
“A lot of my heart is infused into this show,” she said. “Although I feel conflicted to celebrate anything at this time as the people of my homeland are in the midst of a revolution against an oppressive regime, I am grateful to have a platform where I can speak. I’m grateful to be part of a diaspora of Iranians, all from diverse backgrounds, using their reach and resources to help amplify the voice of the Iranian people. And I’m especially grateful to promote a show that portrays a Iranian-American family from a place of humor, humanity, and empathy — something I longed to grow from.
This is the second time Roku, a relatively new player in the original series space, has stepped in to give fans a new chapter in a canceled linear series, following the Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist holiday movie.
“The Roku Channel is committed to championing creativity and fostering quality storytelling,” said Colin Davis, Head of Scripted Originals at Roku. “Chad is a story that has lasted for years and deserves to be told. We are thrilled to partner closely with Nasim and his team to bring the next chapter of this outstanding series to existing fans, as well as to share it with new audiences for the first time, on The Roku Channel.
For Davis, there’s a personal element to picking up Chad as he previously worked at Fox and TBS and championed comedy on both networks.
“The unwavering support and enthusiasm from the Roku Originals team has been incredible,” said Pedrad. “I’m really looking forward to working with them and I can’t wait to finally share this season with our loyal fans.”
The second season picks up with Chad as the newly elected class president. Chad faces a scandal that quickly ends his presidency, has a surprising new love interest and is visited by his tough Iranian grandmother – all while continuing to worry about his popularity and discovering new ways to get along. relate to his Persian cultural roots.
Chad’s epic path to teenage self-actualization isn’t always a straight line, but the support of his family and best friend Peter (Jake Ryan) keeps Chad on the right path, giving him confidence. necessary to help him become who he always wanted to be: the most American boy in the history of the world.
The series also stars Paul Chahidi as Uncle Hamid; Saba Homayoon as Naz, Chad’s mother; Ella Mika as Chad’s sister, Niki; Alexa Loo as Denise; and Thomas Barbusca as Reid as well as new addition Sara Malal Rowe.
Pedrad and Max Searle serve as co-showrunners and executive producers alongside Rob Rossell, who co-developed Chadand 3 Arts’ Oly Obst.
Here are two Season 2 trailers previously released by TBS:
Roku Originals is available on The Roku Channel in the US, UK and Canada.