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Korean Americans On TV: Who’s In And Who’s Out?

Farewell, Señor Chang. Photo via NBC 

Wondering whether or not you’ll see your favorite Korean American faces on screen this season? Here’s a rundown of which of their shows got the green light—and which ones got the boot.

Sniff! Here are the shows that have been cancelled:   

The Neighbors: The aliens are moving out of New Jersey. Tim Jo, who plays the extraterrestrial Reggie Jackson on the ABC comedy, will have has his last laugh as the show ends after its second season. In a KoreAm interview, he said, “There’s no doubt that the world is getting more accustomed to seeing minority faces on screen.” We doubt this funny man will stay off the screen for very long.

The Tomorrow People: With the foresight of their telepathic abilities, you’d think that The Tomorrow People saw this one coming. Unfortunately, the superhuman cast of the CW Network sci-fi series is being transported back to the future, including Korean American actor Aaron Yoo, who played Russell Kwon, one of the leading roles.

Community: The spunky Ken Jeong will see his last days as Ben Chang, the pesky, peculiar, and totally endearing character on NBC’s cult comedy, Community. While the threat of cancellation loomed over the show in previous seasons like a dark cloud, the network will finally lay down the ax after five seasons. Ken Jeong tweeted, “A most heartfelt THANK YOU to all the Community fans. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. My life is so blessed because you’re all in it. Chang The World.”

Believe: Jamie Chung’s days as Janice Channing on NBC’s drama Believe were cut short. The KA actress doesn’t seem too fazed, though. Receiving critical acclaim for her roles as Eden in the eponymous film and Mulan in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Chung has a lot to believe in.

Growing Up Fisher: NBC’s American sitcom will be cancelled after its first season, despite the efforts of 13-year-old Lance Lim, who played Runyen. Three days before the show was cancelled, Lim posted on his Facebook page, “We really need all the viewers on this one so please please please watch tonights episode of Growing Up Fisher, again at 9:30 on NBC! 1 view really counts so even if you can’t watch it just turn the tv on at NBC! thanks guys!”

Intelligence: You’d think that any show starring the husky voice and the chiseled features of Josh Holloway would grace our screens forever. Sad to say, CBS will cancel the cyber-themed television series after only one season. Will Yun Lee had a recurring role.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. You can still catch your fave KA TV actors on these shows, which have been renewed. 

Once Upon a Time: Who is this girl I see, staring straight back at me? Jamie Chung, that’s who. As mentioned above, Chung will continue her role as Mulan in ABC’s Once Upon a Time as the show moves forward with its fourth season.

Modern Family: There’s no way ABC will cancel a show that features the most adorable, spunkiest little girl on television. We’re talking about Aubrey Anderson Emmons, who plays Lily Tucker-Pritchett on Modern Family. Little known fact: Emmons is the daughter of South Korean adoptee and comedian Amy Anderson and radio host Kent Emmons.

The 100: Speaking of Korean adoptees, actor and fellow adoptee Christopher Larkin will continue his role as the endearing delinquent, Monty Green, on the CW Network’s The 100. When KoreAm spoke with Larkin before the show premiered, he spoke passionately about representing Asian Americans on screen while trying to avoid stereotypical Asian roles. We’re glad that Larkin still has the chance to show us what he’s made of

The Mentalist: Surprise—Tim Kang is back as Special Agent Kimball Cho in another season of The Mentalist. Despite a series of low ratings in the sixth season, the CBS drama made the cut. Kang tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for all your support! Seriously, couldn’t have gotten a Season 7 without you. Looking forward to it!!”

Grey’s Anatomy: There’s no rest for the weary: wrapping up its tenth season, the cast of Grey’s Anatomy will move on to its 11th season. Operations will resume at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital but without one pivotal character: Sandra Oh. Read all about Oh’s decision to move on from her groundbreaking role as Dr. Cristina Yang in the latest issue of KoreAm. And see her before she scrubs in for the final time—Oh’s final episode airs tomorrow.

There’s also some fresh meat coming in on the ABC network—John Cho will play an arrogant, successful marketing expert in his new sitcom Selfie. Rex Lee, who starred in Entourage and in the recently cancelled show Suburgatory, will explore a new role as a high-strung, metrosexual publicist in an upcoming comedy, Young & Hungry.

And last but not least—and at last!—ABC filled one more slot with an unprecedented sitcom that focuses on an Asian American family. Based on food personality Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat will feature Hudson Yang, Randall Park, and Constance Wu.

Tuesday's Link Attack: Tim Kang, Margaret Cho, Kim Jong Il's Grandson

The Mentalist Actor Plays It Straight
The West Australian

When you’ve played a character day-in, day-out sometimes those traits start to seep off camera into real life.

It might be just to prank your friends but at other times it’s totally unconscious.

Actor Tim Kang has found himself sitting at a bar with a friend and without noticing it will effortlessly lapse into the totally deadpan look of Kimball Cho, his character in The Mentalist.

“I’ve been in this character for four years and live with the other characters for 10 months of the year and that guy does manage to slip into my life,” Kang says.

“I’ve done it with friends and they look at me strangely. I snap out of it and realise that’s what Cho would do.

Korea-ender: Commie-praise Liu aide quits
New York Post

The sensationalist tabloid published an article stating that John Choe, a top aide for New York City Comptroller John C. Liu left his position amid internal political pressure.

A Korean-American, Choe had been chief of staff for Liu when Liu was a councilman. Choe quit to run for the council himself in 2009 but continued to work on his former boss’ campaign for comptroller.

He left the Liu campaign after reports emerged that in 2006 he told a conference on the “Global Struggle for Socialism” that North Korea was “at the front line of the liberation struggles against imperialism.”

At the time, Liu denied that Choe had made the comments, calling him a victim of “McCarthyism.”

But Choe admitted to The Post, “I may have said something like that.”

With Liu planning to run for mayor in 2013, Choe was perceived to be a political liability.

Margaret Cho: Why I’m Married To A Man But Call Myself Queer
Huffington Post

Often people are curious about the fact that I am married to a man but call myself queer. It’s because I have had sex with more than one person, and I had unmarried sex quite a few times, and roughly half the people have been men and the other half have been women, and then there were a few people in between those genders who identified in differing ways, so it’s up to me to define myself, too, and so that would be queer. It’s the most fitting description, short and concise, and really to-the-point. I don’t know why it’s a difficult concept to understand. Most of the people I know have had sex with more than one person, and many have sex outside marriage. I just happen to have had it with people all along the gender scale.

Karaoke Club Seeks ‘Fragile’ Hostesses

A Los Angeles karaoke club is looking for a few good hostesses, but they must be both “EXTRA THIN” and “fragile.” Read on for the full — and fully upsetting — Craigslist posting.

KJI’s Grandson Finds Normal Isn’t Easy
Wall Street Journal

How far away do Kim Jong Il’s relatives have to be to live a normal life?

His teenage grandson Kim Han Sol just found out that neither Macau nor Bosnia are far enough.

Last week, the Bosnian embassy in Beijing confirmed that the younger Kim, a 16-year-old high school student in Macau, had been granted a visa to study at a private high school there.

Kim Han Sol is a son of Kim Jong Nam, the oldest son of Kim Jong Il, who has lived in Macau for many years after being apparently rejected by his father as a potential successor to lead North Korea.

The news that his son was heading off to boarding school prompted a media frenzy in South Korea, where the palace intrigue around the North Korean dictator’s family is always good for headlines.


Motorcyclist killed in Salinas crash ID’d
The Californian

The driver of a motorcycle who was killed in a collision in Salinas on Saturday night has been identified as Sung Kim, 46, of Marina.

Salinas police said Kim was riding westbound on West Rossi Street at 10:09 p.m. when a Honda Accord being driven eastbound by a 17-year-old abruptly turned into the path of the motorcyclist, colliding with Kim, who sustained fatal injuries.

Steelers suits up for fashion-show benefit
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Hines Ward will be dancing with some other stars Thursday.

The champion of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is a co-captain of Dinner and Dancing With Steelers: Steelers Style 2011, the organization’s annual fashion show event. Players will have an opportunity to show off their fancy footwork while donning tuxedoes, business suits and casual wear before a predicted sold-out audience of Terrible Towel-waving fans on Thursday at Heinz Field.

Instead of his “Dancing With the Stars” partner, Kym Johnson, Ward will accompany his 7-year-old son, Jaden, down the runway. Ward says he is not going to wear any of the shiny, sparkling outfits from the show.

“I miss (‘Dancing With the Stars’) a little bit,” says Ward, a Super Bowl MVP and Pro Bowl selection. “I watched the show the other night. I had fun doing it, and it will be fun to make some moves down the runway. I don’t plan on giving any dance lessons to my teammates. They all have their own moves.”

Young Jean Lee’s ambitious play Church leads nowhere
Baltimore City Paper

The line between theater and religion is rubbed out beyond recognition in Single Carrot Theatre’s fascinating but flawed production of Young Jean Lee’s Church. Single Carrot’s long, narrow performance space is painted black—walls, floor, and ceiling, all black. A single spotlight shines on a scarred wooden pulpit; up to this lectern steps the Rev. Jose (Aldo Pantoja), a trim young man in a tailored gray suit, white shirt, and paisley tie. On the screen behind and above his head, a round, stained-glass window appears and begins to swell and shrink with the pulses of bright light shining through it.

Viewpoint: Being yourself ultimately gives best satisfaction
Baylor Lariat

By Jennifer Kang

When I was 7 years old, I ran into my older brother’s room in fear that I would be struck by lightning from the developing storm outside.

He comforted me and told me everything would be OK. After that incident, I thought of my brother as my hero and wanted to do everything he did.

But because of our nine-year age difference, he was able to do everything before me and set what I call “unrealistic dreams.”

September Issue: The Mentalist's Tim Kang Is All About Pushing The Limits

Kool & The Kang

TIM KANG, star of CBS’ The Mentalist, has managed to stay clear of stereotypical roles throughout his career, creating memorable characters in TV and film. How does he do it? The actor—and adrenaline junkie—IS ALL ABOUT PUSHING LIMITS.

by Oliver Saria

It’s a tranquil, warm summer evening with nary a breeze to rustle the leaves in a wooded area in the back lot of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. The serenity is momentarily shattered by intermittent gunfire and shouts emanating from two men, ducking for cover behind an abandoned car. The director yells “Cut!” Calm is restored, and Tim Kang—the 38-year-old actor who stars as Agent Kimball Cho on the hit CBS show, The Mentalist—walks off set with a hint of a swagger.

It’s easy to tell that he loves this macho stuff.

“When we get to run around and shoot guns, and do fight scenes, I’m all over it,” Kang says.


He holds a black belt in taekwondo and performs most of his own stunts. An avid thrill-seeker, Kang also loves to scuba dive, sky dive, race high-performance motorcycles, surf and pretty much any other activity that risks life and limb. On the day I visited the set, he had a new motorcycle delivered to him—his eighth, a neo-vintage, low-slung, beefy cruiser that he can’t wait to ride. Unfortunately, he’ll have to because the dealer forgot to ship the keys with it. The oversight may have warranted a pampered Hollywood celebrity tirade, but, despite any assumptions one might have made after reading about Kang’s bravura and penchant for Red-Bull-guzzling extreme sports, he is not a douche bag. He nonchalantly shrugs it off and says he’ll patiently wait for them to overnight the keys to him. Continue reading