Rachael Leigh Cook to star in “Nirvana”

Former teen star Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That, All I Wanna Do) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s new Indian-American sitcom Nirvana.

The TV Squad says Nirvana “revolves around two Indian-American brothers trying to assimilate into the American culture, and Cook plays one of the boys’ girlfriends.” This description makes me very nervous, but I am willing to reserve judgment until the series debuts.

Nirvana has had a somewhat rocky history, having undergone three major cast changes since it was first developed 6 years ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Arj Barker was originally cast as the Indian-American lead back in 2004, but was replaced by series creator Ajay Sahgal after a table read.

The original pilot was heavily influenced by Sahgal’s relationship with his wife, actress Kelli Williams (Lie to Me, The Practice.)

Sahgal has said the show is like “Everybody Loves Raymond but with Indian-Americans.”

Update: Actor Ravi Patel (formerly of the show Past Life) is slated to play the male lead. You can follow Patel on Twitter @showmetheravi.

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