ABC series “Fresh Off The Boat” is getting an Indian spin. Tentatively titled “Magic Motor Inn,” it will star Preity Zinta and Vir Das.
“Fresh Off The Boat” talks about the life of a Taiwanese-American family in Florida in the 1990s. Currently in its sixth season, it stars Randall Park (Louis Huang, the husband), Constance Wu (Jessica Huang, the wife), Hudson Yang (Edwyn/Eddie Huang, oldest son), Forrest Wheeler (Emery Huang, middle son), Ian Chen (Evan Huang, youngest son), and Lucille Soong (Jenny Huang, the grandmother.
The episode featuring Das and Zinta, which will reportedly be filmed next month, centers on an Indian family whose daughter attends school with Eddie, according to Deadline. Das (DC) and Zinta (Meena) will portray the girl’s parents.
The character introduction of the two will reportedly serve as the basis for the spin-off series, to be written by Rachna Fruchbom, who has written several episodes. That episode will go into production on Nov. 18.
However, according to reports in Deadline and Variety, the introductory episode is not a backdoor pilot, however. If ABC should decide to further develop the spin-off, it would need to shoot a pilot during the traditional pilot season.
“Magic Motor Inn” will be bankrolled by 20th Century Fox.