CBS Developing Melting-Pot Family Comedy for Axis of Evil Comedian

Axis of Evil comedian Maz Jobrani will star as a Persian-American man with an Irish-American wife — and a mother and father-in-law who are reluctant to accept it

CBS is preparing to explore the lighter side of ethnic tensions with its latest project.

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The network is developing a half-hour comedy, "Nobody Trusts Maz," as a vehicle for Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-born American comedian and member of the Axis of Evil comedy group.

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Jobrani would star in the project, about a couple with a Persian-American husband and an Irish-American wife, whose in-laws must grapple to accept the non-homogenous union.

Former "Cheers" executive producer Phoef Sutton, who has served as a consulting producer on CBS's similarly culture clash-themed "Rob," will write and executive-produce. Eric and Kim Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men," "Rob") will also executive-produce the project, which comes via CBS Television studios.

Deadline first reported the news of the "Nobody Trusts Maz" development.