Premium cable network Showtime is continuing to build its half hour slate as they put into development FATWA starring Aasif Mandvi. The project hails from writer-producer Dave Holstein who previously worked with Mandvi on the HBO series The Brink.
The series centers on Mandvi as LK Hussein, a struggling cartoonist whose death threat becomes the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Mandvi will write and executive produce the series with Holstein.
Showtime has a few comedy series in the works currently and with some big names. This includes I’m Dying Up Here, the one-hour dark comedy from Jim Carrey; Jason Katims’s relationship anthology series Mating; and Jamie Foxx’s White Famous, which centers on an up-and-coming African American comedian attempting to maintain his credibility.
Mandvi is best known as a comedian and contributor on The Daily Show. He recently appeared on the big screen in Mothers Day and will recur in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. He won a Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award for co-creating the web series Halal in the Family.
Holstein has previously worked on such shows as Weeds, Raising Hope, and the Showtime comedy I’m Dying Up Here.
Holstein is repped by CAA.
Mandvi is repped by ICM and Sweet 180.
Emily J | Staff Writer