“Fresh Off the Boat” producer and writer Eddie Huang is developing a new hour-long drama series titled “Panda” at Showtime. Huang will write and executive produce the ’90s series, about the titular gifted delinquent who sells ecstasy in his hometown of Orlando.
The story goes: “Panda, a gifted delinquent, begins selling ecstasy in Orlando, Florida during the squeeze pill boom of the late ’90s, spurred on by his mother’s defiance of ‘”to be the best of stupid people”.With the help of Jade, a cunning private schoolgirl from across town, they are able to connect the hoods and take over the burgeoning drug trade in the Florida Breaks rave scene.
“Panda” is produced by Showtime and Strong Baby Productions, with the latter executive producers Matt Dines and Jonah Hill.
Huang is a multi-hyphenate; in addition to being a writer and producer, he is a filmmaker, actor, chef, restaurateur and television personality. He recently made his directorial debut with Focus Features’ “Boogie,” which he also wrote and co-starred opposite the late rapper Pop Smoke and Taylour Paige. His autobiographical book, “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir” was notably adapted into a critically acclaimed ABC sitcom of the same name which he also produced, running for six seasons. Huang has also hosted cooking shows like “Cheap Bites & Unique Eats” and “Huang’s World.”
He is replaced by Priya Satiani at Entertainment 360 & UTA
Deadline first broke the news.