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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.”
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC unveils its fall schedule, featuring Roseanne Barr and Alec Baldwin
The Trump fan and the Trump hater will share the network stage this fall, with Roseanne returning to its Tuesday timeslot and Baldwin's talk show, now titled The Alec Baldwin Show, airing at 10 p.m. on Sundays. ABC is also moving Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless to Fridays. Nathan Fillion's The Rookie will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. while Whiskey Cavalier and Grand Hotel will be held to midseason.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Fresh Off the Boat renewed for Season 4
The bubble comedy was picked up for another season despite ranking 10th of ABC's 11 sitcoms this season, averaging 3.8 million viewers.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Roseanne's jab at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat was "a dog whistle so strong that it might have brought Lassie back from the dead"
Source: The New Yorker
According to Emily Nussbaum, that one controversial joke about "all the shows about black and Asian families" explains Roseanne. Nussbaum says the joke was a racial dog whistle. If it wasn't, why not target shows about white families like The Middle or Speechless? Is it because those shows are "just like them"? "The jab," says Nussbaum, "was clearly aimed at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, comedies that share ABC’s Tuesday schedule with Roseanne. The line establishes a few things. One is that the Conners don’t live in the same America as the Johnsons, from Black-ish, or the Huangs, from Fresh Off the Boat. There will never be a crossover episode—no fun clash, say, between an aging Jessica Huang and Roseanne, on a Conner trip to Florida. Instead, the Conners are themselves bored, alienated ABC viewers, unable even to remember titles, just that these are the 'black and Asian' shows."
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- Johnny Galecki's return was a perfect metaphor for the revival's messiness
- David being back only made sense in an alternate universe
- Did Barbara Bush actually call Roseanne Barr "brave," as Barr claimed? Not exactly
- 90-year-old Estelle Parsons looked really good in her return as Bev
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Asian-American Bob's Burgers writer shares the aftermath of criticizing a Roseanne joke
Source: The New York Times
Kelvin Yu, who also appears on Master of None, went viral with his tweets slamming Roseanne for a joke taking a shot at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat. "Many of the comments I received were supportive — retweets, likes and the always flattering fist emoji," he writes in The New York Times. "However, I have to admit that the loudest voices to me were the ones that were vitriolic and shockingly mean," including racially disparaging remarks. Yu writes that he found it "so galling that a show celebrating ostensibly marginalized Americans would consider shows about even more marginalized Americans a punch line, tossed off between two yawns and a meh, followed by a roomful of people laughing. And although, admittedly, I have no idea what it means to be white or working class, there are at least a half-dozen shows out there through which I can experience it vicariously. Meanwhile, white working-class people have one — and only one — current network show to help them understand the lives of Asian-Americans (hint: it rhymes with Shmesh Off the Shmoat)."
- Even the haters should appreciate Roseanne: "When a TV show — or any pop culture artifact — is drawing that kind of a mass audience, it has something to tell us about ourselves and the times in which we live"
- Here's your first look at Roseanne's mom Bev's return next week
- Seth Meyers has Roseanne "fans" explain to him why they love the show so much
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Is ABC ditching its reputation for diversity in wake of Roseanne's success?
Source: The Washington Post
Roseanne's emergence and ABC's "heartland strategy" come as Shonda Rhimes is leaving for Netflix, with Fresh Off the Boat on the bubble, and after a controversial Black-ish episode was pulled, prompting creator Kenya Barris to reportedly seek an early exit from his ABC Studios deal. "Recent signs suggest that ABC is entering a new and more complicated era" when it comes to diverse shows, says Alyssa Rosenberg, "and the network isn’t alone — the number of women and people of color creating new shows declined across the industry as a whole in the 2017-2018 television season. And it’s striking, if a little tricky to discuss, that ABC’s reputation for bold discussions of race has hit a rough patch under the leadership of Channing Dungey, who became the first African American woman to serve as president of a major broadcast television network in 2016." As Rosenberg notes, Dungey has used "the language of diversity" in trying to broaden the network's audience to appeal to so-called Heartland viewers. "So far, Dungey’s attempts to secure a broader audience have shown some success," says Rosenberg, pointing to The Good Doctor and Roseanne. ALSO: By trying to appeal to "heartland" viewers, is ABC becoming "Trump TV"?