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Another No-Show

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in AmericaEarlier this afternoon ABC announced leaked its fall lineup of new shows, and 'Funny in Farsi' was not among them. It's not a big shock, but it feels like a big letdown after all the anticipated buildup on its Facebook page, where Firoozeh Dumas herself was giving updates and interacting directly with the nearly 12,000 supporters in charming ways.

Adding insult to injury, tonight Disney -- ABC's parent company -- held the Los Angeles premiere of 'Prince of Persia', its 300-pound gorilla of guerilla warfare in desert. TENKS GOD they didn't roll the red carpet at Mann's in Vestvood Village, like they usually do, and held it at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood instead.

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The pilot of 'Funny in Farsi' was already an underdog going into the annual Upfronts, the flashy draft-like announcement process of America's television networks. To me, Upfronts are exactly what's wrong about old-school media in this country. Broadcast TV is no longer simply supported by advertisers, but now exists primarily for advertisers. With all the focus groups and testing, the politically-correct win over anything that might rub someone the wrong way. Tenks god for YouTube, as well as for Sarah Silverman and her then-boyfriend.

It's not all bad news for Persians at this year's Upfronts. Nasim Pedrad was one of NBC's featured players, which means she's primed for picking in the future. Perhaps a sitcom, perhaps a dotcom -- I'll keep climbing the latter.

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