TONIGHT!!!! SEASON PREMIERE Dr. Ken 8:30p/7:30c on ABC
TONIGHT!!!! SEASON PREMIERE Dr. Ken 8:30p/7:30c on ABC
ABC has added to its comedy roster for the 2016-17 season by renewing first-year Ken Jeong comedy “Dr. Ken” for a second season.
“Dr. Ken” has been a solid performer for ABC on Fridays this season, averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. In both categories, this is the network’s best delivery in three years.
ABC has yet to make a decision on veteran comedy “Last Man Standing,” which has served as a lead-in to “Dr. Ken.”
“Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly.
The show, which hails from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, is executive produced by Mike Sikowitz, Ken Jeong, John Davis and John Fox.
Allison (wife) – Suzy Nakamura (“Go On”)
Molly (daughter) – Krista Marie Yu (“The Thundermans”)
Dave (son) – Albert Tsai (Bert on “Trophy Wife”)
Hector (HMO nurse) – Jonathan Slavin (“Better Off Ted”)
Damona (HMO receptionist) – Tisha Campbell-Martin (Gina on “Martin”)
Pat Hein (HMO boss) – Dave Foley (“Newsradio”, “Kids in the Hall”)
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The semi-autobiographical comedy was previously developed at NBC.
ABC has picked up to pilot Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy starring the Hangover and Community star. The comedy stars Jeong as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting — and succeeding at none of them.
The multicamera comedy was previously developed at NBC in 2013 and hails from The Internship writer Jared Stern, ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television — which has a history of finding new homes for its programming, including Community. The comedy will be produced by studio-based Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist), marking the duo’s second pilot order of the season. (They also have NBC drama Endgame.) Jeong, a licensed physician, will star and co-executive produce. Mike O’Connell and Jeong will also write and co-exec produce. Mike Sikowitz will also exec produce.
Dr. Ken marks a return for Jeong to ABC, where last he co-starred in comedy pilot Spy two years ago. Additionally, Jeong currently stars in MTV’s comedy pilot Ken Jeong Made Me Do It, which remains in contention.
For ABC, Dr. Ken marks its 13th comedy pilot order of the season, off one from a year ago. It’s also the second pilot to land at ABC after being developed for a previous network (joining drama Runner from Fox).
Semi-autobiographical fare continues to be in high demand as broadcast networks look to proven voices with a strong sense of direction. For its part, ABC also has Detour, based on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s life, as well as its Johnny Knoxville entry; Fox has Studio City (writer Krista Vernoff); NBC has Go Jerrod Go (Jerrod Carmichael) and Heart Matters (Dr. Kathy Magliato); and CBS has its Tommy Johnagin comedy.
Medical programming was one of the biggest trends this past development season. Dr. Ken joins other medical-themed fare this pilot season including ABC’s The Advocate, CBS’ Code Black and LFE as well as NBC’s Heart Matters, all dramas.
Community, meanwhile, will return to Yahoo Screen in March. Its future beyond its upcoming sixth season remains unclear. Jeong becomes the latest member of the Community family to book a follow-up role and second at ABC, which also has Chev & Bev, a comedy pilot starring former regular Chevy Chase. Meanwhile, co-star Yvette Nicole Brown exited in a bid to care for her father and, because of its regular filming schedule, joined CBS’ The Odd Couple; Donald Glover, who exited two years ago, is shooting a pilot for FX; and Gillian Jacobs will star in Netflix’s Judd Apatow comedy Love, which landed at the streamer with a two-season order.
Senior Film and Media Reporter @BrentALang
“Advantageous,” a brainy new science-fiction film that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival, represents a major departure for Ken Jeong.
The comic actor best known for letting it all hang out in “The Hangover,” reveals himself in a whole different way. Jeong plays Han, a restaurant owner who is plagued by guilt after his affair with his wife’s sister results in a child. It’s a small, but pivotal role, and one he plays straight.
“I’m in exploration mode,” said Jeong, who did double duty as a producer on “Advantageous.” “Comedy will also be my first love, but it’s natural for every comedic actor to want to expand their range and see if they can do it.”
Jeong isn’t turning back on the roles that made famous. He’ll return to Greendale Community College as Señor Ben Chang, a former Spanish teacher with a tenuous grip on reality, in “Community.” The cult hit was cancelled by NBC last year, but was given a reprieve when Yahoo opted to produce a sixth season of the critically adored, but low rated series. It debuts on March 17.
“‘Community’ is such a miracle show,” said Jeong. “This is actually my favorite season we’ve ever shot, I think maybe because of some of the subtext. We’re survivors and we’re doing this again and that’s a part of it.”
Just because the series is free of broadcast censors, don’t expect a major overhaul to the absurdist formula that made it a favorite with the Twitter set. There will still be pop culture and meta-references aplenty.
“Just because we’re on Yahoo, it’s not like it’s a raunchy comedy now,” said Jeong. Creator Dan Harmon had some interesting advice for the cast and their new backers, Jeong reports, “He said, ‘I want it to be exactly what it was. Almost the same length. Maybe more British.’”
It wasn’t Jeong’s work on the small-screen that landed him his “Advantageous” role. Co-star Jacqueline Kim said she recommended Jeong to director Jennifer Phang after seeing him play demented and frequently naked gangster Leslie Chow in “The Hangover” while on a plane trip. Given his talent for making people laugh, she knew he’d be up to the challenge.
“That’s the hardest acting to do — comedy,” said Kim. “To be funny, you have to be a master of so many things, and have a deep understanding of human beings.”
For his part, Jeong said he was impressed by the way that “Advantageous” used its futuristic setting to explore topics of gender disparity and body image issues. The film focuses on a woman who undergoes a dicey cosmetic procedure in order to provide for her young daughter.
“As a parent of twin girls, I’m intimately aware of the pressures of having them thrive in society and in school right now,” said Jeong. “They’re universal themes.”
“Advantageous” is a work of almost daunting ambition. The futuristic world that director and writer Jennifer Phang and Kim, who co-wrote the script in addition to starring in the film, create is positively Darwinian. The one percent are still doing just fine, but the rest of society is rocked by bombings, political unrest and crippling unemployment levels.
“I’m looking at a future where the economy is more fractured,” said Phang. “The class divide is growing wider and the diminishment of the middle class has continued. It’s a time when there are more desperate people and more affluent people than ever before.”
Parallels to this current era of uncertainty are clearly intentional.
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Our latest film, from actor Ken Jeong, tells the story of how a 5-foot-5 premed student played a crucial role in Notre Dame’s undefeated football season
by Grantland Staff on January 7, 2015
Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.
Reggie Ho never dreamed of playing football in college. Growing up in Hawaii and of Chinese descent, he always imagined he’d be a doctor like his father. He enrolled at Notre Dame as a premed student and didn’t think much of playing football until he decided he needed a more well-rounded life. He was the placekicker on his high school football team and decided to walk on to Notre Dame’s. At 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds, Ho was one of the smallest players in a major college football program — and suddenly became a celebrity on and off campus. As a walk-on, Ho didn’t receive any financial support from his school: a pure student-athlete. He did it for the love of the game and for the love of Notre Dame. After the 1988 season, the walk-on walked off the field. Ho continued his premed degree, but no longer played football. Yet he was a crucial part in Notre Dame’s most recent undefeated season.