How Aziz Ansari’s Real-Life Parents Got Cast in His New Netflix Comedy

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Aziz Ansari’s Netflix Show ‘Master of None’ Will Build on His Stand-Up.

Aziz Ansari will be playing a version of himself on his upcoming Netflix scripted comedy series Master of None — but it will take his stand-up comedy an (emotional) step further.

When Netflix announced its ambitious slate for the beginning of 2015, even the hardiest binge watcher quaked at the thought of how many more shows they would have to watch. That’s how long it took Warner Bros’ Peter Roth to track down Netflix’s Cindy Holland to find Longmire a new home after A&E axed the series before its fourth season. Since then, the streaming service has released eight full seasons of original programming, including the must-watch Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, and Orange Is the New Black. Dev’s story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner. Canceled nearly a year ago, the modern-day western had already been streaming on Netflix before the service came to the rescue. “I always believed we weren’t finished,” star Robert Taylor told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday.

On the plus side, the move to Netflix has also afforded the series more creative freedom. “The stories feel more complete and more complex because we’re allowed to keep everything we envisioned in the beginning in the episodes,” executive producer Hunt Baldwin said. The upcoming season, which explores second chances, picks up moments after the finale, in which Walt Longmire (Taylor) found out who was behind his wife’s murder.

Succumbing to his darker impulses, Walt takes off in pursuit of the killer with one thing on his mind: Murder. “Now that Walt thinks he knows who his wife’s killer is, how does he go on?” executive producer Greer Shephard says. We’ll find out whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal mistake—along with the fate of Branch (Bailey Chase)— when Longmire’s 10-episode fourth season debuts Thursday, Sept. 10 on Netflix. Anzari noted that he first comes up with the topics he’s interested in exploring and then builds on them for the show — a different approach from his stand-up material. “You can explore them in a different way with a TV show,” Ansari said.

Show—only has four episodes and will debut at some point in 2015. (2 hours) Jessica Jones, Marvel’s latest entry in the Defenders series, starring Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, will also debut 13 episodes before 2015 is over. (13 hours) And that’s it for TV series. The reason Netflix’s TV-series slate is not as dense in the fall is because the company is making room for more ambitious and varied programming, like Chelsea Handler’s four-part documentary series (which is coming before her possible talk show), Adam Sandler’s comedy Ridiculous Six (December 11), a new documentary called Keith Richards: Under the Influence (September 18), a variety of stand-up specials from the likes of John Mulaney and Demetri Martin, and Sofia Coppola’s star-studded A Very Murray Christmas special featuring Bill Murray, George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and more. In the show, he was able to engage with the material “in a way that I couldn’t have done with stand-up.” “We saw this as a huge opportunity … we pushed ourselves to make stuff we were proud of and interesting stories we couldn’t tell elsewhere,” Ansari said, noting Dev isn’t exactly like him. “This is the first thing I’ve done where acting-wise it’s felt as personal as stand-up.

So while the scope and ambition of Netflix continues to grow, those of us who feel the need to always stay on top of their newest offerings can breathe a slight sigh of relief. Last January, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: While most people don’t sit down and watch 13-hour binges of television, but what they do watch is more than one.

It’s the first opportunity I’ve had to do something like that, and I’m glad I’ve had these guys on board to make sure I didn’t f— it up.” Ansari also told reporters that it was important to not play himself on the series — hence his character’s name of Dev. “I didn’t want to be a comedian. It’s different if the guy isn’t recognizable. … He has a lot of the same thoughts and worries — it’s like in Woody Allen movies, it’s the same f—ing guy.” The series boasts an impressive ensemble cast — including Jon Benjamin (Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer reboot, Bob’s Burgers), Lena Waithe (The Comeback), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Noel Wells (SNL) and Kelvin Yu (writer for Bob’s Burgers) — though they may not appear in every episode. (Footage screened at TCA — which is not being released just yet — also revealed Claire Danes (Homeland) would guest star as a potential love interest for Dev, with Noah Emmerich (The Americans) also set to appear. Ansari said the stories the writers are telling — driven by Dev’s point of view — determine which characters appear when, with none of the characters required to be in every episodes. And just because Netflix is offering viewers a wintery respite from binge-watching, don’t think they plan to ease up on the massive output of content any time soon.

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