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CBS's 'Bob Hearts Abishola' Rings True To These Nigerian Viewers


Added 10-20-19 03:06:02am EST - “The new sitcom is about a white, middle-aged Detroiter who falls head over heels for a Nigerian nurse. We asked a couple of Nigerian viewers what they think of the show.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “CBS's 'Bob Hearts Abishola' Rings True To These Nigerian Viewers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BOB ❤ ABISHOLA is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who is smitten with his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant. CBS hide caption

BOB ❤ ABISHOLA is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who is smitten with his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant.

In the new CBS comedy Bob Hearts Abishola, those words cause a flurry of concern for an immigrant Nigerian family living in Detroit.

The white man she's referring to is Bob — a stocky, 50-year-old guy played by Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell. He's come to Olu's house in search of her niece Abishola, portrayed by Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku. At first, Olu and her husband assume something has gone terribly wrong. But their worries are soothed when they realize Bob is interested in asking Abishola out.

Bob Hearts Abishola, from executive producer Chuck Lorre — known for his popular shows like Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men — premiered on CBS on September 23. It follows the unlikely connection between Bob, who suffered a heart attack from the stress of running his family's compression sock business, and Abishola, a Nigerian nurse who sang a Yoruba lullaby to calm him down — and kindled his affection.

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