“Sunnyside” premieres on NBC


It’s not everyday that a debuting network television show bears the name of your neighborhood!

That’s why we paid close attention last night as NBC’s “Sunnyside” premiered at 9:30 p.m.

For those who haven’t heard, “Sunnyside” stars Kal Penn as Garrett Modi, a rising star in the New York City Council whose career tumbled after being busted for public intoxication in a viral video.

Modi moves in with his sister and contemplates how it all went wrong.

But his life gets a second wind when a group of immigrants, aspiring to become American citizens, enlists Modi to help navigate the complicated citizenship process.

You can sort of guess where it goes from here. In fact, NBC’s website gives you a sense of what’s to come: it “gives him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption.”

Penn, of “Harold & Kumar” fame, is not only the lead in the show, but is also an executive producer, along with Matt Murray and Michael Schur, NBC comedy veterans who also made hits like “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Befitting one of the core issues of our time, “Sunnyside” showcases the signature diversity that makes Queens so special. It features an especially diverse and talented ensemble cast.

We’re hopeful that as the rest of the season unfolds, “Sunnyside” will have staying power and will make our neighborhood proud.

If you missed the pilot episode, catch a glimpse of it here on the NBC website.

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