YES!!! This network television adaptation of Eddie Huang’s memoir brings the first Asian American family front and center since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl from 20 years ago. I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek at the first two episodes a few weeks ago and from what I could see, there’s a lot of potential.
First of all, it has a great cast. You’ve got Randall Park who is one of the top Asian American comedic actors of all time. It excites me every time I see his face on the Fresh Off the Boat billboards that have been plastered all over town. Then there’s Constance Wu who I wasn’t familiar with before this show happened, but after seeing her in the trailer and the first two episodes, I have full confidence that she is gonna blow up. She’s quite the scene stealer and nails the role of a quirky Asian mom. You also have Lucille Soong, a veteran since the Charlton Heston days, who plays the kooky grandma. And of course, the boys, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen who are the future!
Next, we are gonna get snippets of Eddie Huang’s real life. If you aren’t already familiar with Eddie, then you gotta know that he is quite a personality. I personally haven’t read his memoir, but based on his raw and ain’t afraid to speak the truth voice from what I’ve seen and read, I think we can definitely look forward to some good stories in this series.
Finally, the show is funny! I laughed a lot. I think a lot of people, both Asian American and non-Asian American, will enjoy the show. The series premieres with two episodes tomorrow night at 8:30|7:30c before and after Modern Family on ABC! So hope y’all will tune in to watch the newest modern family on the block, the Huangs! I’ve already set my DVR to record the entire series ;]
More info: Official ABC Site for “Fresh Off the Boat”