Even before its Season 1 premiere, Comedy Central announced Tuesday (Jan. 14) that it has already given a second-season to the situation comedy Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.
Awakfina is Nora From Queens, is pretty self-explanatory. It stars award-winning actor Awkwafina, who just won a Golden Globe for her role in The Farewell, The 10-episode sitcom will premiere Jan. 22 on the Comedy Central network in the 10:30 p.m. slot.
It’s a 10-episode sitcom about the travails as a young Asian American starring Awkwafina, one of the busiest and most-in-demand actresses since her breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians.
“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” Awkwafina said. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian American girl against the backdrop of the city I was raised.”
Awkwafina portrays a 20-something growing up in Flushing, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her dad played by Law & Order: SVU icon BD Wong, and her foul-mouthed grandmother, played by Lori Tan Chinn of Orange is the New Black, and cousin played by Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang.
Awkwafina is the creator, writer and executive producer of the scripted series that caters to the majority of Comedy Central’s target audience — Millennials.
Nora, a 27-year-old New Yorker who can’t hold a steady job (she drives for a ride-sharing app for cash) and can’t catch a break, mostly because she can’t stop screwing things up for herself. And given the amount of bong rips she takes, she doesn’t seem too intent on trying to fix her problems.
What makes the show different from other Comedy Central products is that Nora still lives at home, like 25% of her generation. The Asian American perspective gives the Millennial genre a twist. Dad and grandma are more like roommates than her elders, jook is on the breakfast table, and there is no real pressure to leave home. Family is everything.
With Fresh Off the Boat in its final season, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens may be the antidote to ease the loss of the 6-season family sitcom.
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