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ABC Renews “Fresh Off the Boat” and Picks up Ken Jeong’s “Dr. Ken”

"Fresh Off the Boat" (Photo: ABC)

“Fresh Off the Boat” (Photo: ABC)

In great news during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, ABC has renewed the groundbreaking new Asian American family comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” inspired by Eddie Huang’s bestselling memoir, making it is the first Asian American family sitcom on network TV to get a second season.

“Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan. Eddie Huang provides the voice over narration.

Eddie Huang, Hudson Yang,  Randall Park during the talkback at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Eddie Huang, Hudson Yang, Randall Park during the talkback at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

According to–  ABC has renewed 10 dramas and six comedies.

On the drama side,” Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “American Crime,” “Secrets and Lies” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter” have all scored additional seasons.

As for the comedies, freshman fare “blackish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” join “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle,” and “Galavant”.

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Photos: Hudson Yang, Randall Park, Eddie Huang, Richard Lui, Lori Tan Chinn and More at #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC An Inside Look at The Fresh Off the Boat Launch Party in New York

Congrats are in order for “Community” star Ken Jeong on his new comedy series, “Dr. Ken” being picked up for ABC’s 2015-16 Fall Season.

The cast Ken Jeong's "Dr Ken". Photo courtesy of ABC.

The cast of “Dr Ken” – Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Ken Jeong, Albert Tsai, Suzy Nakamura and Krista Marie Yu. Photo: ABC

Jeong stars as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. Suzy Nakamura (“Go On”) stars as Jeong’s therapist wife. Dr Ken is always trying to be a good doctor, husband and father to their two kids, played by Albert Tsai (“Trophy Wife”) and Krista Marie Yu (“The Thundermans”), but he has a knack for driving everyone nuts, both at work and at home. Dave Foley (“Hot in Cleveland”), Tisha Campbell-Martin (“Martin”) and Jonathan Slavin (“Better Off Ted”) round out the cast.

Jared Stern penned “Dr. Ken” with Jeong and Mike O’Connell. Stern and Jeong will also serve as exec producers, along with John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz with O’Connell as co-exec producer. The series hails from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

Jeong has been a regular as Señor Chang on the hit NBC show “Community,” which debuted in 2009, and is currently available on Yahoo Screen. Jeong is featured in Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film Advantageous, which has garnered numerous awards on the film festival circuit since it premiered at Sundance in January, and served as one of the producers. Advantageous will have it’s New York premiere in the Seventh Annual BAMcinemaFest in June. In 2015, he also guest starred on Fox’s Glee, appeared in the teen comedy, The Duff, and in the indie feature Ktown Cowboys, which he also executive produced.

The cast and creative team of Jennifer Phang's ADVANTAGEOUS at the Los Angeles premiere at the Aratani Theatre on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy/Facebook

The cast and creative team of Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS at the Los Angeles premiere at the Aratani Theatre on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ed Moy/Facebook Ken Jeong to Star in ABC Medical Comedy Pilot ‘Dr. Ken’
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Ken Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his father, D.K. Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. He completed his pre-med studies at Duke University in 1990, and obtained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.

While training for his residency in internal medicine at Oshsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Jeong moonlighted, pursuing his love of theater and comedy. In New Orleans, he won the “Big Easy Laff-Off,” judged by late NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv comedy club founder Budd Friedman, both of whom encouraged Jeong to move to Los Angeles to pursue his entertainment dreams.

While working as a practicing physician, seeing patients for seven years at Kaiser Permanente, Jeong performed at Los Angeles’ famed Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. His side gigs gave him the experience he needed to secure higher profile entertainment jobs, and he soon appeared on ABC’s The View and earned the title “The Funniest Doctor in America.”

Several television appearances followed, including on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000), HBO’s “Entourage” (2004), NBC’s “The Office” (2005) and ABC’s “Boston Legal”. Jeong’s feature film debut, as a wisecracking doctor in Judd Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up, opened more doors for the rising star. He went on to land roles in films like Role ModelsStep Brothers and Pineapple Express—all released in 2008—and 2009’s All About Steve. Also in 2009, the actor-comedian was cast in his breakthrough role, as Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy film The Hangover, starring opposite Bradley Cooper and Zack Galifianakis. The film, which became one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time, has become a money-making franchise, lifting the Chow character into the comic canon. Jeong also appears in  The Hangover‘s follow up films, The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III. Click here for Jeong’s complete filmography.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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