It’s..It’s Okay That’s Love Week! #Get Excited

Heyo.  Ever since I heard about this meeting of the minds drama way back in January, I’ve been biding my time to properly freak out for its arrival. Well the time is now, and though much has changed with the drama since its potential casting announcement. –Plagiarism scandals, change in tone to lighter and more comedic, crazy car accidents.– I can’t wait to see what Noh HeeKyung, Jo InSung, and Gong HyoJin come up with.

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Fresh off the Boat: Representation of Asians and minorities in the American TV Landscape

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Fresh Off the Boat, the new family comedy based on the memoirs of chef Eddie Huang, has been officially announced during last weeks upfronts and will be coming to ABC this Fall. To the best of my knowledge this is the first “Asian” show to grace the networks since All-American Family with Margaret Cho in 1994. That’s twenty freaking years people! Now I’ve already seen multiple accusations of this pilot, saying the humor is steeped in Asian stereotypes. And to those I say kind of, but… Yes, the trailer uses foreign accents and the hilarity of smelly ethnic food as comic fodder, and like all humor it depends on the joke, context, and receiver (viewer) if it can be considered funny without being offensive. And if the entirety of this series was based on the jokes of that three minute trailer, I’d be concerned. But comedic pilots are a tricky beast, one thats damned near impossible to pull of. (Seriously. Cramming loads of exposition, character introductions, and comedy into 22 minutes is just not right.) With the network TV model no pilot is guaranteed to air* so comedies will tend to go big and broad with its humor, and unfortunately when race is involved broad often equals stereotyping.

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