The UK’s favourite Nigerian comedienne Gina Yashere is back on the small screen in a comedy series for CBS.

From award-winning creator, executive producer, and writer Chuck Lorre, Bob Hearts Abishola is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over.

Undaunted by Abishola’s (Folake Olowofoyeku) lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob (Billy Gardell) is determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America.

Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins and Beth McCarthy-Miller (pilot only) are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. McCarthy-Miller directed the pilot from a script by Lorre, Gorodetsky, Higgins and Gina Yashere.

With the interest in interracial relationships taking over the arts, this is an interesting narrative which has yet to be explored. Tackling the immigrant story and how Africans assimilate into western culture be that in the UK or in the States especially. That it’s come from Yashere who long left UK shores to explore success in America is only the more fitting. No doubt she’s inserted some of her own personal experiences and with her stand up material often referencing her life growing up Nigerian the authenticity will no doubt be on point.

We’re extremely happy for Yashere and fellow British Nigerian actress who’s also been cast, Shola Adewusi recently seen in Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum, as Tracey’s (Coel) deeply Christian mother.

Newcomer Folake Olowofoyeku is a Nigerian born actress who grew up in America and this is her first lead in a mainstream series.


Bob Hearts Abishola airs in America on CBS channel in September. No news as yet to when it will be available in the UK.