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'Fresh Off The Boat' On ABC: 'Apt 23' Creator Nahnatchka Khan's New Comedy Has Put Pilot Commitment

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Nahnatchka Khan arrives at Disney ABC Television Group Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour red carpet event at The Langham Hotel, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.(AP Photo/Katy Winn) | AP

Despite ABC cancelling "Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23," Nahnatchka Khan is back in business with the alphabet network, which just gave a put pilot commitment to her new comedy "Fresh Off The Boat," according to Deadline.

Because a network must pay a penalty to the studio if they fail to air a put pilot, Khan's latest offering -- which she is writing/executive producing alongside producer Jake Kasdan -- seems like a fairly safe bet for next season. The series is based upon Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, set in the '90s and centered around a Chinese family that moves to Orlando, FL. Huang is also executive producing.

It's already been a lucrative development season for Khan, who just sold "Fatrick" to Fox, with fellow executive producers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon set to direct the pilot. Rash and Faxon recently wrote and directed "The Way, Way Back" and won an Oscar for co-writing "The Descendants" with Alexander Payne.

According to Deadline, Fox's eagerness to snap up "Fatrick" created further interest among rival networks who wanted to get into business with Khan. Although "Apt. 23" was bounced around ABC's schedule in its second season, ABC president Paul Lee professed to love the comedy, praising its writing. "We love those two shows," he said of "Apt. 23" and "Happy Endings" at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. "They are incredibly distinctive, they're incredibly well-written ... [but] we didn't have much place to put them."

Here's hoping Khan has better luck with "Fresh Off the Boat."

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