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Awkwafina to star in new series on Comedy Central

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    A special guest at the Hawaii International Film Festival is Awkwafina, the rapper turned actor who starred in two major films this year, "Ocean's Eight" and the megahit "Crazy Rich Asians." She received a Halekulani Maverick Award as someone who has taken an unusual path to film.

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    “Crazy Rich Asians” actress Awkwafina. Capping off a banner year that included a role in the all-female heist sequel “Ocean’s 8” and a scene-stealing turn in “Crazy Rich Asians,” the rapper-comedian-actress is now slated to star in a Comedy Central show based on her life.

Capping off a banner year that included a role in the all-female heist sequel “Ocean’s 8” and a scene-stealing turn in “Crazy Rich Asians,” rapper-comedian-actress Awkwafina is now slated to star in a Comedy Central show based on her life.

The network announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of the 29-year-old multihyphenate’s eponymous scripted series. The half-hour comedy will focus on her early 20s when she lived in Queens with her father and grandmother while dreaming of making it big. BD Wong (“Mr. Robot”) will play her father, Lori Tan Chinn (“Orange Is the New Black”) her grandmother and Bowen Yang (“The Outs”) Awkwafina’s more successful cousin.

It marks the first scripted series fronted by an Asian-American on the linear network. (“The Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng had a digital series on the Comedy Central app that premiered this summer.)

Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto (“SMILF,” “Portlandia”) and Teresa Hsiao (“Family Guy,” “American Dad”) wrote the pilot, which is directed by Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”).

“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” Awkwafina, who will also serve as an executive producer, said in a statement. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian-American girl against the backdrop of the city I was raised.”

The series order continues a high-flying year — beyond the mark she left on the big screen, she also appeared in the Netflix movie “Dude,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.” It was also announced this week that she has two films, “The Farewell” and “Paradise Hills,” premiering at Sundance next year.

The series will bring another strong female perspective to a network that has skewed male despite breakout hits like “Broad City” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive vice presidents and co-heads of talent and development for Comedy Central, touted the show as “both a personal look into one of comedy’s brightest stars and also a relatable, funny profile of a young hustler’s struggle.”

And, they added, “We’re happy to be used as a pawn in Awkwafina’s elaborate, EGOT endgame.”

Comedy Central also today announced it had given a series order to “Robbie,” a half-hour scripted series starring stand-up comedian Rory Scovel as a small-town youth league basketball coach living in his father’s shadow. Beau Bridges will play his father. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show’s executive producers.

Premiere dates for both series have not yet been announced.

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