Ashley Tisdale has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot Pandas in New York, from writer Ajay Sahgal and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Sahgal and directed by Mark Cendrowski, Pandas in New York is about a family of Indian doctors with a successful group practice in New York City who embark on a project to arrange their youngest son Rishi’s (Dhruv Singh) life, unaware he’s made plans of his own.
Tisdale will play Maya, the director of the free clinic where Rishi (Singh) works. She has a highly developed sense of fairness and an outsized focus on social justice, particularly when it comes to the dismal state of healthcare for the poor. Underneath her tough exterior is a warm, sensitive person who is attracted to Rishi, which she tries to deny.
In addition to Singh, Tisdale also joins previously cast Nisha Munshi, Hina Abdullah, Dan O’Brien, Bernard White and Gita Reddy.
Pandas in New York is executive produced by Sahgal, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor and TrillTV’s Wendi Trilling.
High School Musical alumna Tisdale previously starred in the CW series Hellcats and TBS’ Clipped. She recently executive produced and recurred on the popular Freeform comedy series Young & Hungry. Tisdale is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Stone Genow.