Fresh Off the BoatLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
How the TV mom has evolved to tackle today's real-world challenges
"Often defined by the parameters of domestic life, these mothers, while vastly different women in many regards, were all in pursuit of an ideal family life," Jason Parham says of iconic TV moms like Carol Brady and Claire Huxtable. "They exuded, or attempted to exude, a kind of imperviousness. They were tough and loving, rarely vulnerable. That's changing." Pointing to Jessica Huang on Fresh off the Boat and Grace and Frankie, he adds: "In recent years, the archetype has taken on a more evolved nature: The TV mom has become more intricately layered; she navigates the world with a kind of naked vulnerability. It's not that she is broken, but she is someone who struggles openly. These are stories told at full scale, fresh wounds and all. Stories that juggle the ugly, the beautiful, the unremarkable. There are no illusions to an ideal life, only a life that has been lived—one that is turbulent and unpredictable and littered with small, hard-won dignities."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Marvel legend Stan Lee dies at 95
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The iconic Marvel writer, editor and publisher -- who co-created numerous superhero characters that included Daredevil, Spider-Man and Black Panther -- died this morning, one month shy of his 96th birthday, after he was rushed by ambulance from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. TMZ reports: "Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so -- he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues." In addition to his behind-the-scenes work at Marvel, Lee also became known for making cameos on Marvel properties. One of his last on-screen appearances was as a limo driver last year on Hulu's Runaways. He even made a cameo last year on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, "long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show ... ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04." ALSO: Marvel Universe stars pay tribute to Stan Lee.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Fresh Off the Boat has ruined Constance Wu's brilliant Jessica Huang character
Wu has followed her big-screen success in Crazy Rich Asians with a disappointing Season 5 for her scene-stealing character. "The actress is as nimble as ever, but sometime last year, the writers seem to have forgotten what makes Jessica such a brilliant character," says Inkoo Kang. "She still gets to throw flames, but now she’s forced to apologize for them, repeatedly. Her self-possession coarsened into self-absorption, Jessica has become yet another immature character in need of life lessons, alongside her middle- and high-school-age children. It’s a humiliating (and groan-inducing) turn, with insulting implications for the immigrant culture she represents." Kang adds: "In other words, Fresh Off the Boat has made Jessica into something that was unimaginable just two years ago: a petulant, off-putting idiot. And since Jessica was by all accounts the show’s most interesting character, her decline has correspondingly tanked the show’s watchability."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat to tackle the Asian-driver stereotype
Source: Entertainment Weekly
On Friday's “Driver’s Eddie" episode, Randall Park's Louis will be blamed by a police officer for causing a car accident that he wasn't involved in because of his race.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat's Hudson Yang becomes a restaurant investor at age 15
Source: Eater LA
Yang announced he is using some of his TV earnings to invest in a modern Vietnamese restaurant in West Los Angeles.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Constance Wu says it was nice to return to the "stability" of Fresh Off the Boat after her Crazy Rich Asians success
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“The scheduling has been challenging, to say the least, but the experience of going back, other than the scheduling, has been just great,” says Wu, whose ABC sitcom returns tonight for Season 5. Wu says "it's kind of nice to have the stability and the family-like atmosphere of our show," adding: “We’ve done four seasons, so there’s not that much pressure. And when you don’t have pressure, you can be free and experiment with the characters and play around.”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will play himself on Fresh Off the Boat's season premiere
The NBA superstar, who already has booked a role this fall (not as himself) on The CW's iZombie, will appear on the Oct. 5 season premiere of the ABC comedy as a star NBA player who owns a car dealership in Orlando. He'll attempt to sell Louis Huang an RV.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat Season 5 adds Jimmy O. Yang, Ming-Na Wen and Reggie Lee in recurring roles
Silicon Valley star Yang will reunite with Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu on the ABC comedy. Wen and Lee will play a Chinese-American couple, and Yang will play their son.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Jaleel White is coming to Fresh Off the Boat
The Family Matters alum will guest as the "sarcastic and under-appreciated general manager" at a car dealership when Louis Huang buy an RV.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
You can watch Crazy Rich Asians' stellar cast all over TV
Of course, Constance Wu, star of the groundbreaking Asian-American film, can be seen on Fresh Off the Boat. But her co-stars also have impressive TV resumes, from Star Trek: Discovery's Michelle Yeoh to Glee alum Harry Shum Jr.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat becomes the first Asian-American sitcom to reach syndication
Source: TV Insider
The ABC comedy will make its UPtv debut with a Labor Day marathon.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat star's dad tells what it's like to watch his son grow up on TV
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Journalist Jeff Yang, the father of Hudson Yang, writes: "It's admittedly been a challenge sharing Hudson with the world, knowing that we can't entirely protect him from the stings of social media trolls or prevent fans from demanding more of his time and attention than he's able to give. And millions of people have seen our kid grow up: his first kiss, scenes performed through real tears, private moments that have played out in the most public medium possible. Though we've had moments of doubt, we haven't had a single regret."
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
ABC staggers its fall schedule rollout: The Conners premieres Oct. 16
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In fact, ABC's entire Tuesday slate won't premiere until Oct. 16, the fourth week of the TV season. The Roseanne Barr-less The Conners will kick off Tuesdays on Oct. 16, followed by The Kids Are Alright, Black-ish, Splitting Up Together and The Rookie. Additionally, ABC is bringing back the "TGIF" comedy block name with the Oct. 5 premiere of Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless on Friday nights. Grey's Anatomy will get a two-hour premiere on Sept. 27, while The Alec Baldwin Show debuts on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Whitney Cummings defends Roseanne's controversial joke about Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat
The former Roseanne co-showrunner said on The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunner's roundtable that it would be disingenuous to mask the real views of the Conners family. Cummings adds: "There are times where I’m like, ‘This is offensive, but this is what they would say when no one is watching and when they don’t have a bunch of lib-tard people controlling what they say.’ So, I found a lot of times my job was just to go, ‘If you feel that that’s what this person would say behind closed doors, then let’s go with it.’”
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC boss: Roseanne will continue moving "away from politics and toward family" in Season 2
"I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said when asked about Roseanne's political bent. Dungey also addressed a controversial Roseanne joke that seemed to take a shot at fellow ABC comedies Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, saying she was surprised by the negative reaction. “We felt like the writers were simply tipping their hat to those shows, and it certainly wasn’t meant to offend,” she said. “I do stand by the Roseanne writers in terms of the decision to include that line. I think they felt that they were expressing a point of view of the Conners in terms of what they would have actually said. We do similar things on some of our other shows too. We’re very clear on Black-ish how many of the opinions and views expressed are those of Dre Johnson.”