Nasim Pedrad’s ‘Chad’ Finds A New Home At Roku

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Nasim Pedrad’s Chad will move to the Roku Channel for its second season. Deadline reports the coming-of-age comedy is getting a second chance after being scrapped by Warner Bros. Discovery
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Chad was one of the multiple shows that CEO David Zaslav dropped after he took charge of the combined company. Pedrad was allowed to shop the series, and Chad will now run exclusively on the Roku Channel.

The completed season was supposed to premiere on TBS in April. The show follows Pedrad as the titular, Chad as he balances being a teen in America and his role in his Persian immigrant family. The series also stars Paul Chahidi, Saba Homayoon, Ella Mika Niki, Alexa Loo and Thomas Barbusca. Sara Malal Rowe also joins the cast for the second season. Pedrad has been working on the show for around a decade. She originally developed the pilot for Fox and then TBS before its move to Roku.

The news of the show’s survival comes at a complicated time for the show’s creator. Pedrad’s birth country of Iran has been facing strife as the Iranian government has been cracking down on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini with deadly force.

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“So much of my heart is infused in this show,” she said. “While I feel conflicted celebrating anything right now as the people of my homeland are in the midst of a revolution against an oppressive regime, I’m grateful to have a platform where I can talk about it. I’m grateful to be part of a diaspora of Iranians, all from various sectors, utilizing their reach and resources to help amplify the voices of the Iranian people. And I’m especially grateful to be promoting a show that portrays an Iranian American family from a place of humor, humanity, and empathy— something I had longed for growing up.”

Colin Davis, Roku’s Head of Scripted Originals, has been particularly invested in the show. He previously worked at Fox and TBS and fought for Chad at both networks.

“The Roku Channel is committed to championing creativity and fostering great storytelling,” said Davis. “Chad is a story years in the making that deserved to be told. We’re thrilled to be partnering closely with Nasim and her team to bring the next chapter of this exceptional series both to existing fans, as well as sharing it for the first time with new audiences, on The Roku Channel.”

This isn’t the first time that Roku has picked up a canceled series. They also picked up Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a movie after the show was canceled at NBC. Roku also acquired Quibi’s library after the short-lived streamer failed. This streaming strategy is relatively unique and seems to work for the streaming channel as it fights for market share in a crowded field.

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