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As the Fresh Off the Boat team disembarks from the groundbreaking ABC sitcom after six seasons, several of them are preparing to develop another Asian-American-led comedy on Freeform. Fresh Off the Boat executive producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan are teaming up with series writer and co-producer Cindy Fang to develop Asian Descent at Freeform, a dark comedy about an aspiring musician who moves back home with her immigrant parents.
Variety reports that Fresh Off the Boat executive producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan and Fresh Off the Boat writer and co-producer Cindy Fang are developing the Freeform comedy series Asian Descent. Fang is writing the new series while Mar and Kasdan are on board as executive producers.
Described as a “dark comedy,” Asian Descent follows “an aspiring musician who sets aside her dreams and pride by moving back home with her immigrant parents and leans on her high school friends to figure out the next chapter of her life.”
Fang worked as a writer and story editor on Fresh Off the Boat for three seasons, stepping up to the role of co-producer for its sixth and final season. Fresh Off the Boat was a watershed moment for Asian-American representation on the small screen, paving the way for movies like Crazy Rich Asians which Fresh Off the Boat breakout Constance Wu starred in and more. Based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang, it was the first series to feature a cast of primarily Asian-American actors in over 20 years. And it looks like Fang and executive producing team Mar and Kasdan won’t let another 20-plus year gap happen with the upcoming Asian Descent, a series that sounds like it will be a more mature and edgy comedy than the ABC sitcom, following the trials of a young Asian-American woman who makes a reluctant homecoming.
No cast or premiere date has yet been set for Asian Descent. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.
The Good Place was a show that went heavy on philosophy and, ultimately, optimism. Now it seems all the leg work to make its four seasons a reality will also result in a book about being, well, good.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Schur, the creator of the NBC comedy that ended after four seasons earlier in 2020, will write a book about philosophy with the title “How To Be Good.”
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that the Emmy-winning writer, producer and actor is working on “How to Be Good: A Definitive Answer for Exactly What to Do, In Every Possible Situation,” in which he combines humor and philosophy to “deal with the large and small ethical challenges we all face every day.”
The book is scheduled for fall 2021.
In a statement according to ABC News, Schur admitted that “I have no idea how to write a book,” but editor Eamon Dolan said it “wouldn't be a problem.”
I'm sure it will be better than the book written in the show, Six Feet Under Par, in which noted jerk Brent Norwalk launches the Chip Driver Mysteries in his afterlife to little fanfare.
I'm sure Chidi would be much more positive about this book and, considering how much philosophy the writers had to read to make it happen, it will be very well-researched.
EXCLUSIVE: Minka Kelly has joined Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and AnnaSophia Robb in the cast of Eytan Rockaway's The Abandoned upcoming biopic Lansky, about the infamous gangster Meyer Lansky, a contemporary of Bugsy Siegel. As previously announced, Keitel plays the notorious Lansky.
Also rounding out the cast are Orange Is the New Black‘s Jackie Cruz, John Magaro The Big Short who plays the younger Lansky, David Cade upcoming Michael Shannon movie Swing as Siegel, David James Elliot CBS’ JAG, Trumbo and Alon Aboutboul FX’s Snowfall, The Dark Knight Rises.Jackie Cruz Lelund Thompson
Shooting is currently underway in Alabama, with Voltage Pictures handling international sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Rockaway wrote the script depicting Lansky in various stages of his life. It’s partially based on his father Robert Rockaway's interviews with the real-life Lansky, which were part of his extensive research into America's key crime figures. Robert Rockaway is a history professor at Tel Aviv University.David Cade Benjo_Arwas
Investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI, the aging crime boss Meyer Lansky Keitel is now living in quiet anonymity in Miami Beach. When Lansky enlists a young journalist named David Stone Sam Worthington to tell his story, the Feds use him as a pawn to track down the hundreds of millions of dollars that Lansky has been suspected of stashing away for over half a century. As Lansky spins his dizzying tale, Stone finds himself caught in the middle of a game of cat and mouse, uncovering the hidden truth about the life of the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.
Producers are Robert Ogden Barnum Margin Call, Miles Ahead, Jeff Hoffman The Abandoned, Five Fingers for Marseilles, Eric Binns Into the Ashes, Runt and Lee Broda The Kindergarten Teacher, A Private War. Voltage's Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter are executive producing, along with Russell Gray, Mike Reiser and Jina Panebianco.
Kelly is best known for her roles in TV’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and starred in such movies 500 Days of Summer, Just Go With It and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. She currently stars on DC Universe’s streaming series Titans as Dove aka Dawn Granger.Voltage
“Having someone as talented as Minka join Lansky is a true testament to the caliber of the project that Rob, Jeff, Eric and Lee have put together,” said Deckter. “We're thrilled to have such a...