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Eddie Huang Lands ABC Pilot for Fresh Off The Boat

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NYC chef Eddie Huang's memoir Fresh Off The Boat will be the basis for a potential ABC television show of the same name. Deadline Hollywood reports that ABC has agreed to create a "put pilot" of the show, which will be written and executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan (creator, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23). Huang is also on board as a producer. The show, a single-camera comedy, will be set in the 1990s and follow a Chinese family that moves to Orlando (Huang grew up in Orlando, but is from a Taiwanese family).

Huang joked about the show over Instagram posting a photo of a gift basket of Lunchables pizza with the comment: "This is how ABC closed the deal." This is Huang's second television show deal this year. Huang will host a new reality cooking competition show on MTV called Smackdown. Smackdown will also feature supermodel Chrissy Teigen. On Instagram, Huang said that "MTV just got more Asians than Kung Fu the Legend Continues... @chrissyteigen #Sing #Clap #WeHere" No word yet on an air date for either show.

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