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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Nov 09, 2019 at 01:04. 23 comments

Fresh Off The Boat sailing into cancellation after its current season

Fresh Off The Boat sailing into cancellation after its current season

Pop open a bottle of bubbly for Constance Wu, who, now that Fresh Off The Boat is coming to an end, will no longer be burdened by her role on one of the best sitcoms of the decade. Vulture reports (and Variety confirms) that ABC will not order any more episodes following its sixth season, which began airing in September. This season’s 14th and 15th episodes will serve as the show’s last when...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 07, 2019. 19 comments

ABC developing Fresh Off The Boat spin-off about a completely new family

ABC developing Fresh Off The Boat spin-off about a completely new family

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is in “early development” on a spin-off of its hit sitcom Fresh Off The Boat, but there’s a weird wrinkle: Unlike with the two Black-ish spin-offs (Freeform’s Grown-ish and the upcoming Mixed-ish on ABC), this one won’t be dedicated to a single character from the original show breaking out on their own. Instead, THR says it will be about an “entirely...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 12, 2019. 21 comments

Constance Wu appears to have some complicated feelings about Fresh Off The Boat coming back

Constance Wu appears to have some complicated feelings about Fresh Off The Boat coming back

ABC cleared a whole bunch of shows off its programming slate today, including sitcoms Speechless , The Kids Are Alright, and Splitting Up Together . Among the half-hour comedy survivors: Fresh Off The Boat, which was instead renewed for a sixth season, prompting cheers from fans, celebratory notes from its younger cast members, and what might best be termed a “complicated” reaction from star...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 13, 2017. 20 comments

ABC renews Speechless and Fresh Off The Boat

ABC renews Speechless and Fresh Off The Boat

Amidst all the changes ABC made to its schedule yesterday, canceling half a dozen of its shows and announcing several new ones to take their place, a few series seemed to be left off of this grand TV merry-go-round. Most notably, the network was cagey about two of its more critically appreciated comedies: freshman series Speechless, and third-season sitcom Fresh Off The Boat.

But fans of...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Dec 14, 2016. 23 comments

ABC extends episode orders for Black-ish, The Middle, more

ABC extends episode orders for Black-ish, The Middle, more

Christmas has come early for Black-ish, The Goldbergs, and Speechless—Variety reports ABC’s extended the episode orders for these series and several of its other new and returning comedies. Kenya Barris’ delightful sitcom and the charming Goldbergs each picked up two more episodes for a total of 24, while The Middle, Fresh Off The Boat, American Housewife, and Speechless have all been gifted...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey Dec 13, 2016. 24 comments

Another year, another censoring of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Another year, another censoring of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, December 13. All times are Eastern.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Freeform, 9 p.m.): Last year, ABC Family rebranded itself as Freeform in an effort to appeal to millennials, or, as ABC likes to call them, “Becomers.” And if there’s one thing Becomers love, it’s the annual 25 Days Of Christmas programming block, which continues...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey Oct 12, 2016. 24 comments

Fresh Off The Boat makes the most of Taiwan, but falls victim to American sitcom tropes

Fresh Off The Boat makes the most of Taiwan, but falls victim to American sitcom tropes
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Even though the season-two finale of Fresh Off The Boat made it almost certain that the Huangs would be traveling to their native Taiwan, the journey still feels like a big deal. For...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey May 25, 2016. 24 comments

Ken Jeong guest-stars on a Fresh Off The Boat finale that covers familiar ground

Ken Jeong guest-stars on a Fresh Off The Boat finale that covers familiar ground
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Since their seasons tend to be so long, most network sitcoms end up recycling plot devices at a certain point in their run. But Fresh Off The Boat’s doing it earlier than usual by essentially...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey May 18, 2016. 24 comments

Eddie’s too reactive on a one-note episode of Fresh Off The Boat

Eddie’s too reactive on a one-note episode of Fresh Off The Boat
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“The Manchurian Dinner Date” sets up an explosive confrontation between Eddie and Jessica, only to resolve their conflict with a satisfied sigh. To the writers’...

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Shelby Fero Shelby Fero Apr 27, 2016. 24 comments

“That which we call a rose by any other name would totally freak out,” posits Fresh Off The Boat

“That which we call a rose by any other name would totally freak out,” posits Fresh Off The Boat
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Juliet (you know the one) once asked “What’s in a name?” Of course, she then also immediately asks Romeo to change his name (as if that would’ve solved all their problems?) because Juliet...

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Shelby Fero Shelby Fero Mar 16, 2016. 22 comments

Take some Fresh Off The Boat to go to stay, why don’t ya?

Take some Fresh Off The Boat to go to stay, why don’t ya?
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Ever the innovator, Louis introduces every agoraphobe’s favorite restaurant feature to Cattlemen’s Ranch: take-out. One forgets how often take-out is not an option at most restaurants–does Applebee’s have take-out?...

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Shelby Fero Shelby Fero Mar 09, 2016. 24 comments

Fresh Off The Boat faces our worst fears: platonic friendship between genders

Fresh Off The Boat faces our worst fears: platonic friendship between genders
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In a pleasantly parallel Fresh Off The Boat, two generations of Huangs set out to answer that ever mystifying question set forth by the greatest minds of 1989: Can men and women just be...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Mar 04, 2016. 24 comments

ABC gives early renewals to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, and more

ABC gives early renewals to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, and more

The imminent spring is literally a time for renewal at ABC, as the network has just picked up more than a dozen of its shows for another season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move is a surprising one in its breadth and timing, as THR notes that ABC isn’t known for acting preemptively on such matters. But that was presumably before Channing Dungey moved up from ABC Studios’ drama...

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Kate Kulzick Kate Kulzick Dec 21, 2015. 24 comments

The best TV performances of 2015

The best TV performances of 2015

When the TV critics of the The A.V. Club started discussing the year’s best television performances, it began as an informal survey of the turns we’d most enjoyed in 2015. But a handful of consensus picks soon emerged, falling together into a brief catalog of actors who’d made us laugh, cry, fear for our lives (or theirs), or jump immediately into the next episode—with special consideration...

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Kate Kulzick Kate Kulzick Dec 15, 2015. 24 comments

The best TV of 2015, part 1

The best TV of 2015, part 1

In 2015, readymade and/or reductive ways of summarizing the year’s TV output cropped up as frequently and unexpectedly as new seasons of Netflix originals. Plummeting viewership foretold a true broadcast apocalypse, until Empire strode onto the scene, expanding its audience in every week of its first season. Season two brought diminished returns (in the ratings and the show’s mad-science...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey Dec 02, 2015. 24 comments

Fresh Off The Boat gets its obligatory awkward musician cameo out of the way

Fresh Off The Boat gets its obligatory awkward musician cameo out of the way
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Ah, the awkward musician cameo on a network sitcom. It was only a matter of time before Fresh Off The Boat went there. Unfortunately, from the moment Eddie arrives at the door of DMX’s McMansion, the gruff...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 17, 2015. 24 comments

Margaret Cho says she feels “vindicated” by the new wave of Asian-led sitcoms

Margaret Cho says she feels “vindicated” by the new wave of Asian-led sitcoms

The Wrap recently sat down with comedian and actress Margaret Cho to chat about her upcoming guest stint on Ken Jeong’s sitcom Dr. Ken. Between that show, Fresh Off The Boat, and Quantico, ABC has become the first network in history to have three concurrent shows with Asian leads. And The Wrap asked Cho to reflect on how far TV has come since her show, All American Girl, become the first (and...

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Dan Caffrey Dan Caffrey Oct 15, 2015. 24 comments

FOTB is now a far cry from its inspiration—and all the better for it

FOTB is now a far cry from its inspiration—and all the better for it
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Last season, Fresh Off The Boat didn’t always know what it wanted to be. In one corner was the real-life Eddie Huang, who, rather unrealistically, wanted the series to deliver all the uncomfortable...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 23, 2015. 24 comments

Eddie Huang now fresh off of Fresh Off The Boat

Eddie Huang now fresh off of Fresh Off The Boat

Shocking people with no capacity for intuiting the inevitable, it seems Eddie Huang now has one less line on his LinkedIn profile. Turns out repeatedly trashing the sitcom based on your memoir is not the best way to ensure your continued employment on said show: Vulture reports Huang is no longer doing voiceover narration for new episodes of Fresh Off The Boat, the ABC comedy “inspired by”...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jun 04, 2015. 24 comments

Comedy and animation wrap up the 2014-15 TV Club Awards

Comedy and animation wrap up the 2014-15 TV Club Awards

The A.V. Club began handing out end-of-the-TV-season superlatives yesterday, honoring the best in drama and reality TV, from Cookie Lyon’s cutting putdowns to Robert Durst’s fateful on-mic carelessness. Today, we conclude the 2014-15 TV Club Awards with picks from the season’s best comedies and animated series, gathering surprising transformations, inspired casting choices, and at least two...

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