Wow, time to take a deep breath.
There’s so much news about Asian Americans in television in the last 24 hours, its hard to keep up.
Our friends at YOMYOMF, which comes to us via Los Angeles, have done a great job keeping its readers up to date.
ABC announced Friday it was renewing Fresh Off the Boat for a fourth season.
Yes, Louis, Jessica, Eddie, Emery and Evan will be coming back with more hijinx about navigating their Asian culture in a largely White society in the 1990’s.
The announcement came shortly after the same network announced it had cancelled Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong.
As we previously reported, the show based on the life of the star himself will not live to see season 3. That means there will likely be only one television series next season to evolve around an Asian American family-the aforementioned Fresh Off the Boat. After an absence of 20 years since the cancellation of All American Girl of any Asian American family on network TV, it was great to see two vastly different shows on the air featuring Asian families.
Fans of Jeong received a jolt of good news when it was announced he would join the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. With so many Asians on the cast, his role will likely not be huge, although little has been revealed about the part he’s accepted. Other notables announced to the cast so far include Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Ronny Chieng, Awkwafina Jimmy O Yang, Remy Hii, and Gemma Chan.
There’s more good news for an Asian American who’s received a cancellation notice. Vanessa Hudgens who starred in the now cancelled mid-season series Powerless, has landed a high profile gig as emcee of the Billboard Music Awards. She’ll be alongside Ludacris who will host the awards program for the fourth straight year. The Billboard Music Awards will air May 21 on ABC.
CBS has picked up Justin Lin’s Swat. Lin directed the pilot and is listed as an executive producer. SWAT resurrects a show from the 1970s about the police tactical unit in Los Angeles.
Finally Justin Chon, whose movie Gook has emerged from the festival circuit with wide distribution from Samuel Goldwyn Films, will have a regular role in the upcoming Deception. The show was just picked up by ABC. The show is about an illusionist who uses his deception skills to help the FBI. It’s being compared to the movie Now You See Me.
Wow, lots of news. Did you get all that?
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