The creator of the popular TV show, Big Bang Theory Chuck Lorre has announced plans for a new sitcom based on Nigerian immigrants in the US.
Chuck, who also helped create shows including Two And A Half Men, will be launching sitcom ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ next year.
The show will follow the life of Detroit sock salesman Bob, who suffers a heart attack and then while in recovery falls in love with his Nigerian immigrant cardiac nurse, Abishola, played by Folake Olowofoyeku.
In order to portray Nigerian life authentically, British comedian Gina Yashere (who most would know for her Live At the Apollo and Mock the Week stints) has been brought on board to help him. Billy Gardell, who worked with Chuck on sitcom Mike and Molly, will be playing the recovering salesman.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association on Thursday evening, in which the show was announced, Chuck said that he hopes the show will be a ‘celebration of immigrants’ in the US, rather than a straight up romcom sitcom. This is the newest show since Chuck’s iconic Big Bang Theory ended.
‘We’re not commenting about legal or illegal immigrants. We’re making a comment on the people who are working here and working their hearts out,’ Chuck explained when pressed about the nurse’s status in the US. Talking of the show, he said: ‘On the surface, [it] looks like a romantic comedy, but I’ve done that and I didn’t want to do it again. ‘It is our entrance point to the series, these two very different people meeting and finding, over a very slow process, a relationship.’
‘The story I wanted to tell is about the greatness of first-generation immigrants,’ he continued. ‘The hard work, the rigorous honesty that goes with coming here and grabbing hold of the American dream’ he added. ‘It’s an homage of what we’ve been through, what our ancestors have been through, which is coming here and somehow finding a foothold and making a life for ourselves and for our children, and descendants.’