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First Network Show To Feature Sikh American Lead Currently In Development

The show will be co-executive produced by filmmaker/activist Valarie Kaur and will be the first project under actress Am...

A legal drama series that would reportedly feature the first Sikh American lead character on network television is currently in development at NBC.

The show will be co-executive produced by filmmaker, lawyer, and activist Valarie Kaur, and based off a concept initially drafted by her husband Sharat Raju, an alum of NBC’s Emerging Directors Program.

“We nurtured the concept for eight years and there were times it seemed impossible,” Kaur told NBC News. Along with their friend Tafari Lumumba, the group worked on the “idea for a television series featuring a band of law students in a renegade law clinic, fighting the good fight” until, Kaur said, they could find a “champion” to help bring the show to life.

That champion came over the summer when actress America Ferrera took on the project under her newly-launched production company with former “Ugly Betty” executive producer Teri Weinberg. Kaur and Ferrera had first met last March and hosted a series of panels for showrunners at NBC during the summer. (The panel led to the beginning of a conversation that eventually brought a Sikh character to NBC's drama "This Is Us.")

Both Ferrera and Weinberg will also serve as the show’s executive producers, along with former “Revenge” showrunner Sunil Nayar and Drew Brown. Nayar will also be a writer on the show.

The untitled series will follow the story of Amrita Kaur, a law student, and her classmates as they work at a student law firm, “taking on the country’s biggest issues,” while trying to give “voice to the voiceless,” according to Valarie Kaur, whose life experiences Nayar used to create the lead character.


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