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Fox has ordered a pilot for a new television show aimed at combating so-called Islamophobia in the U.S.

Former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Nasim Pedrad will play a 14-year-old male in the upcoming series “Chad: An American Boy.” The announcement came just one week after President Obama spoke at a terror-linked mosque in Baltimore, Maryland, and requested such a show.

“Our TV shows should have Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security,” Obama said Feb. 3 at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

“I’m thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV,” Pedrad said in a statement after Fox’s announcement, Variety reported Feb. 10. “Also, a big thank you to Fox for understanding that my true essence is that of an awkward and misguided 14-year-old boy.”

Pedrad pitched the show to executives as a chance to show an authentic portrayal of the Iranian-American community that would also resonate with teenagers who struggle to fit in, the website reported.

Entertainment outlets covering the announcement failed to mention Pedrad’s “Jack Bauer” reference was made against a backdrop of legitimate fears based upon the Dec. 2, 2015, massacre in San Bernardino, California, by Islamic terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27.

The Heritage Foundation noted Dec. 8 that Farook’s attack, which killed 14 and wounded 21 at a center that helps those with developmental disabilities, was the 75th terror attack or plot acknowledged by the federal government since Sept. 11, 2001. Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group prior to the massacre.

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