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Veterans Day Sees CBS Announce New Comedy ‘United States Of Al’ From Chuck Lorre

News, Scripted

On Veterans Day 2020, broadcast network CBS has announced a new scripted comedy, United States of Al, from award-winning producer Chuck Lorre that centers on a combat veteran readjusting to life back home after a tour of duty.

CBS has ordered the new comedy from award-winning executive producer Chuck Lorre and creators/writers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, for the coming 2020-2021 season.

The announcement was made in Veterans Day via a press statement sent to TV Shows Ace.

About the series United States of Al

The series stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young as the premise centers on the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to acclimate to civilian life back in Ohio, and Awalmir (“Al”) (Kalyan), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan.  Al has come to start a brand new life in America.

The comedy is described as a “friendship” buddy series that focuses on the new lives these men carve out post-combat tour of duty.

Also cast are Kelli Goss, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Alderfer.

The creatives behind the series include David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, Chuck Lorre, journalist Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi and director Mark Cendrowski (pilot only) are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc.

Quotes and notes

“Once again, Chuck, his talented writing team of Maria and David, and an amazing cast brings us a heartfelt and touching comedy that honestly and respectfully reflects the experiences and challenges our veterans deal with upon returning home, and the deep bonds they develop with those serving alongside them,” said Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment in the press release. “In addition, United States of Al holds up a mirror to ourselves in a unique way by taking a look at American culture through the eyes of an immigrant who is experiencing it all for the very first time.”

Chuck Lorre’s impressive TV career

Chuck Lorre was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame back in 2012.  The new CBS comedy United States of Al joins four additional series from Chuck Lorre that are already on the Network’s schedule, Young Sheldon, Mom, Bob ♥ Abishola and new series, B Positive. He also created the award-winning The Kominsky Method that airs on Netflix.

Lorre is a television writer, producer and composer who has turned out the most iconic of TV series including Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly. He also served as an executive producer of Roseanne.


April Neale

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