May 13, 2019 Staff Report
NBC announced its fall schedule on Sunday and provided viewers with a glimpse of Kal Penn’s sitcom, “Sunnyside.”
The network released a trailer yesterday, although it didn’t feature any prolonged shots of the neighborhood.
The show, which will air at 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, will put Sunnyside in the limelight. The comedy pilot co-written by and starring Kal Penn centers on a fictional group of Sunnyside residents.
The title of Penn’s show was revealed in a report published by Deadline in March, which said a group of mostly immigrant actors has been cast for the NBC pilot to be set in the neighborhood, noted for its diversity.
“Sunnyside,” according to the report, will focus on former City Council Member Garrett Shah, a fictitious politician played by Penn who finds his calling when he encounters six recent immigrants “in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.”
Five of the seven actors lined up for the pilot are immigrants themselves.
The cast includes Joel Kim Booster, the high profile, South Korean-born comedian; Kiran Deol, the UK-born actor, Poppy Liu, an actress born in China; Tudor Petrut, of Romanian origin; Samba Schutte, a Dutch-Mauritanian actor who grew up in Ethiopia; Diana Maria Riva, a first-generation Dominican; and Moses Storm.