Kiran Deol has been cast as one of the seven co-leads in Kal Penn's NBC comedy pilot – Sunnyside. The show is set in and named after the historically diverse Queens borough of New York. It centers around former New York City Councilman Garrett Shah (Penn), who finds his calling when faced with seven recent immigrants — five of them played by immigrant actors — in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.
We're so excited for Kiran and can't wait to check her out in this new comedy!
The single-camera NBC comedy is executive produced by Penn, writer-producer Matt Murray, The Good Place creator/executive producer Michael Schur and Universal TV.
The seven recent immigrants are Jin Hao, played by South Korea-born Booster; Mallory, played by UK-born Deol; Mei Lin, played by China-born Liu; Drzen, played by Romania-born Petrut; Hakim, played by Africa-born Schutte; Griselda, played by Riva, a first generation Dominican; and Brady, played by Storm.
Directing the pilot is another immigrant, Oz Rodriguez. The ensemble was put together by casting director Allison Jones who also has worked with Schur on his other shows, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Good Place.
Deol and Storm also were cast together last year in the Pop TV pilot Arranged. Deol directed the documentary Woman Rebel, which was nominated for an Emmy, shortlisted for an Oscar and distributed by HBO. She also directed American Haze, a documentary about her own family’s immigration story for Sundance Now. Deol is repped by Haven Entertainment, WME, and Cohen Gardner.