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Fresh Off the Boat will feature new Chinese family starring Jimmy O. Yang, Ming-Na Wen, and Reggie Lee

Jimmy O. Yang. Screenshot from Team Coco via YouTube.

The Huang family in ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat will be making some new Chinese American friends, reports DeadlineAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen, Grimm’s Reggie Lee, and Crazy Rich Asians’ Jimmy O. Yang will make up the only other Chinese family on the block in the upcoming fifth season of Fresh Off the Boat. Yang will be reunited with Crazy Rich Asians lead Constance Wu, who plays Jessica Huang in the series.

Based on the memoir by Eddie Huang, Fresh Off the Boat follows the Huang family, who moves from Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando, Florida, in 1995. Jessica and Louis (Randall Park) raise their three sons Eddie (Hudson Yang), Emery (Forrest Wheeler), and Evan (Ian Chen) but Jessica struggles with a culture clash due to her Taiwanese upbringing. Jenny Huang (Lucille Soong) is the Mandarin-speaking, wheelchair-bound mother of Louis.

Ming-Na Wen. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Wen will play Elaine, Jessica’s dream Chinese BFF who also earns the nickname “Chinese Oprah” for her incredible advice.

Lee will play Julius, a Chinese American man who loves all-American things and has bought into the “American Dream” like Louis has. Julius and Louis bond quickly, but Louis’ old buddy will put their new friendship to the test.

Yang will portray Horace, Elaine and Julius’s son, a talented artist who skipped two grades and went to Harvard at age 16 on a full scholarship. Jessica adores him until some secrets from his past are revealed.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new family will be introduced in a November episode titled “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems,” in which Evan goes door-to-door working for the United States Census when he comes across the trio.

Reggie Lee. Screenshot from TFCBalitangAmerica via YouTube.

Wen is known for her role as Melinda May on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and voices Mulan in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Lee played Sergeant Wu in NBC’s Grimm and currently recurs on CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans. Yang stars as Jian Yang in HBO’s Silicon Valley, which has been renewed for a sixth season.

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