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Old 10-05-18, 09:17 AM
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SEASON PREMIERE

JESSICA IS LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING A BOOKSTORE READING TO PROMOTE SALES OF HER NEW NOVEL; HONEY AND MARVIN CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THEIR BABY; AND LOUIS BUYS AN RV FROM LOS ANGELES LAKERS LEGEND KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC'S 'FRESH OFF THE BOAT,' FRIDAY, OCT. 5

Los Angeles Lakers Greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper Guest Star

TGIF Alum Jaleel White Guest Stars as Kareem's Underappreciated RV Manager, Calvin

"Fresh Off the RV" - While Honey and Marvin celebrate the birth of their baby, Jessica's book is finally released, and she's optimistically looking forward to a book store reading that's been set up by her publisher to help boost sales. Louis is so excited to promote the book across the country that he buys an RV from Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who owns an RV dealership which is managed by underappreciated Calvin (Jaleel White, "Family Matters"). Meanwhile, Emery and Evan are concerned about Eddie after Nicole tells him that she's moving to New York, and he seems completely unfazed about losing his best friend, on "Fresh Off the Boat," FRIDAY, OCT. 5 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), as part of the new TGIF programming block on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Inspired by a true story, "Fresh Off the Boat" stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Constance Wu as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Ian Chen as Evan Huang, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.

Guest starring is Luna Blaise as Nicole, Jaleel White as Calvin, Nikea Gamby-Turner as employee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as himself and Michael J. Cooper as Bobby.

"Fresh Off the RV" was written by Matt Kuhn and directed by Anya Adams.

Read more: Listings - FRESH OFF THE BOAT on ABC | TheFutonCritic.com http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listin...#ixzz5T3caPq1l
I wonder how much, if any, viewership will increase due to Crazy Rich Asians success. Though the move to Friday might not help.
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Old 10-05-18, 11:03 AM
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Much like how Good Times became The Jimmie "JJ" Walker Show, and Happy Days became The Fonz Show, I can totally see Fresh Off The Boat becoming the Jessica Huang Show.

And I'm fine with that. Girl is funny as hell.
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Re: Fresh off the Boat (ABC) -- Season 5 Thread -- premieres 10/5/18

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Much like how Good Times became The Jimmie "JJ" Walker Show, and Happy Days became The Fonz Show, I can totally see Fresh Off The Boat becoming the Jessica Huang Show.

And I'm fine with that. Girl is funny as hell.
Those examples don't match up because both of them were not main characters already. Like Urkel they were side characters who end up overwhelming the show and pushing the main cast to the background. Constance Wu's character is already a main focus of the show and probably gets the most screen time already. Her playing off the kids (some of the most well written children characters on television), her husband, and her best friend is what makes her character work and I can't imagine them changing that.
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Old 10-05-18, 01:20 PM
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Well, it's kinda already there. Has been for a while, as you mentioned. Originally, Eddie was the main focus, as it was based on the real-life Eddie Huang's memoirs. But when the character (and/or actor, this is a chicken-or-the-egg situation) turned out to be extremely unlikeable, the focus switched to Jessica.

I'm just saying with the popularity of CRA, it might go even more in that direction, if it's at all possible.
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Since this is now on Friday nights... is it doomed?
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Since this is now on Friday nights... is it doomed?
We'll know for sure in a week.
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Re: Fresh off the Boat (ABC) -- Season 5 Thread -- premieres 10/5/18

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Well, it's kinda already there. Has been for a while, as you mentioned. Originally, Eddie was the main focus, as it was based on the real-life Eddie Huang's memoirs. But when the character (and/or actor, this is a chicken-or-the-egg situation) turned out to be extremely unlikeable, the focus switched to Jessica.

I'm just saying with the popularity of CRA, it might go even more in that direction, if it's at all possible.
Eddie Huang bailed as EP and narrator after the 1st season because he didn't like the watered down representation of his life from his memoir. Had nothing to do whether or not he was likable. This article from 2015 pretty much chronicles it. He pretty much trashed the show back then.

https://deadline.com/2015/04/eddie-h...ts-1201406604/

He complains about the show in his article he wrote for Vulture also from 2015.

http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/eddie...-boat-abc.html

But I saw a recent interview where he kind of softened his stance, but says he doesn't watch the show.
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Well, I'll take anything Eddie Huang says with a major grain of salt, because while I've never read Fresh Off the Boat, my understanding of it is that there were a lot of rough patches in his childhood. I believe I read somewhere that his love of hip-hop arose from anger at his father for hitting him. Call me crazy, but I don't think I'd try to sell the ABC execs on a sitcom that features child abuse. So to think it wouldn't get "watered down" is beyond naive.

I think Eddie needs to look at the big picture: ABC has been successful with a sitcom featuring unknown (at the time) Asian-American actors. In a time when everything gets whitewashed (I heard that a studio exec wanted the leading male of Crazy Rich Asians to be played by a white actor), that's a huge step forward for visibility.
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Pretty "meh" season opener. I hope this doesn't doom the series.

I'm guessing this season Jessica will be trading in her Stephen King addiction for
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But when the character (and/or actor, this is a chicken-or-the-egg situation) turned out to be extremely unlikeable, the focus switched to Jessica.

I'm just saying with the popularity of CRA, it might go even more in that direction, if it's at all possible.

TBH the kid who played Eddie was a pretty bad actor the first season,his acting and the writing of the charecter both have improved to a point where he is no longer a young Ted Moseby.
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Anyone still watching? Constance Wu and Ian Chen still bring the funny. This past week, a schoolmate gave Evan the "Do you like me?" note with the requisite Yes/No check boxes, and he asked "When is this assignment due?"
I nearly fell over from laughing.
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Since the move to Friday, we've stopped watching. It's not like the move to Friday made the show less funny, but it's definitely less funny to my family. We dropped it from the DVR.
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I still like the show and watch regularly. But the Friday move was the death knell for this one. I don't expect a season 6 pick-up.
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I deleted my season pass a few weeks ago. Just wasn't finding it funny anymore.
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I wouldn't mind terribly if it doesn't get picked up, only because Constance Wu is clearly destined for bigger roles. I do love her Jessica Huang though. The "I've got my eyes on you" threat she gave to Evan's girlfriend this past week was hilarious. I'll agree this season is not as strong as past years, but the recent episode was exceptionally funny.
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I'm also guessing that Constance Wu is wanting off the show and ready to move on to a (hopefully) bigger film career.
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They can just come back next season and she can already be dead. Then Louis can start a security company with a ex-waitress from his restaurant.
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I'm also guessing that Constance Wu is wanting off the show and ready to move on to a (hopefully) bigger film career.
Why? TV is a guaranteed paycheck on a consistent schedule with fixed pay. Working in movies would mean having to work constantly, schedules would differ, and pay would be inconsistent.

She’s also Asian which means there is still resistance to hire for certain roles despite what Crazy Rich Asians did. Look at the cast for Joy Luck Club. Ming-Na is now on Agents of SHIELD and Lauren Tom ended up being a voice actor.
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I'm still enjoying this.
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