ABC has announced the premiere of a new comedy series with fresh perspective on Asian-Americans “Fresh Off the Boat.” Read on for further details.
According to TV Line, the series will have a two-episode premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Then the show will move to its original slot on Tuesday, Feb.10, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is based on a true story in 1995. The series focuses on Eddie Huang, played by Hudson Yang, who is an 11-year-old boy aspiring to be a hip-hop star, and the show’s narrator. The whole family is trying their best to adjust in their new suburban home at Orlando, Florida. They come all the way from Washington DC, specifically in Chinatown. Eddie’s father Louis, played by Randall Park from “Veep” and “The Interview,” thinks the American dream is establishing a restaurant with a Western theme.
The series is based on Huang’s bestseller, which is a memoir with the same title.
According to the Wrap, “Fresh Off the Boat” is a highly anticipated family sitcom. It takes the slot of “Selfie,” a cancelled comedy series. Its time slot is known to be challenging for networks because it is the first show for the primetime hours. However, the Asian family might get the attention of viewers mostly composed of families.
Other stars in “Fresh Off the Boat” are Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen and Constance Wu, playing as the mother of Huang family.
One of the executive producers is Nahnatchka Khan from “American Dad!” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.” She is also the writer of “Fresh Off the Boat” pilot episode. Other EPs are Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan. Huang also produces the show.
It has been a long time since an American network has Asian leading actors. ABC was still the bringer of the last Asian-starred series “All-American Girl” in 1994 with Margaret Cho playing the lead role. ABC seems to have an eye on Asian characters because the first series with an Asian lead was also in the network. It was a sitcom by Pat Morita entitled “Mr. T and Tina” in 1976.
There you have it for the scoop on “Fresh Off the Boat,” which will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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