NBC was going to develop a TV show called Mail Order Family from Universal Television, but decided not to after a lot of people took to Twitter and online forums, upset about the premise, Variety reported.
Written and executive produced by writer-producer Jackie Clarke of Superstore, Mail Order Family was loosely based on Clarke’s family, according to Deadline, and followed a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two daughters. (If you’re cringing, you’re not alone — as you’ll see in a moment.)
People say “write what you know,” right? When Clarke was in first grade, her father ordered a wife from the Philippines after Clarke’s mother died, reported Buzzfeed.
Superstore director-executive producer Ruben Fleischer and executive producer David Bernad were also involved with Mail Order Family.
The comedy project had just been announced on September 28, but many people did not find it funny.
On September 29, a Change.org petition protesting the project was created.
Part of it read:
Suffice it to say, it seemed to have worked, as Mail Order Family has been cancelled. Woo-hoo!