Are you a fan of the zany, hysterical little funny guy from the “Hangover” movie series? I Know… riiiight? He is hilarious. Are you enjoying his new series Dr.Ken? Me toooo! Did you know he is a REAL LIVE Doctor? No, for real, in real life, He IS a Doctor! How awesomely cool is THAT?Packed with laughs, Dr. Ken is not necessarily a biopic of Dr. Ken Jeong’s life, but a chance to view the Asian American experience. Last night I had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Ken on a conference call and ask him some questions about his views and plans for, Dr. Ken. Being an African American woman it is important for me to always make sure diversity is a part of my life experience. I decided to ask Dr. Ken who is also a minority a hard question. He answered, honestly and candidly. Listed below is an excerpt of our conversation:
Detroit Mom: “It’s my understanding you wanted your show to reveal the Asian American experience, but how important was it for you to make sure your show included other minorities, as well?”
Dr. Ken: “Very!” I wanted to show the Asian American experience but I also wanted the show to be as diverse as possible.” Because that’s what my life was like at work, and that’s what my life is like now. I have family and friends of many different backgrounds and cultures. I wanted that reflected on the show. It was very important that when you included Ken’s workmates, it really was a slice of Americana.I was involved in the casting of every actor on the show. With the involvement of the studio and network I chose everyone on my cast. Diversity is very important to me. Last season my TV wife had a character on the show, his name was Kevin O’Connell, we joked because with that name most people thought he was Irish. But he was in fact, a Korean who was adopted and O’Connell was his adopted name.
The show is really a family show with Dr. Ken’s real life wife and daughter, Zoey making frequent appearances on the show. Be sure and tune in to Dr. Ken on ABC on Fridays.
Check out a Sneak Peak of this Fridays Show!
Recap of the show:
203 – Ken’s Banquet Snub
It’s Welltopia’s Annual Banquet, and for the first time in years, Ken isn’t asked to host — Pat is. At first, Ken is upset, but Allison tells him to take the high road, buy Pat a bottle of scotch, and let him enjoy his time in the spotlight. When Ken is leaving to get the scotch, he crashes into Pat’s car. Everyone thinks Ken did it intentionally, even though he says he’s taking the high road. The night of the banquet, Pat is MIA – he got pulled over because of his broken taillight, then his bumper falls off. The committee asks Ken to host, and after a moment of hesitation, Ken takes the high road and goes to pick up Pat. When they return, we see that Allison stepped up to host, and absolutely crushes it. Clark and Damona are excited to bring their boyfriends to the banquet. Clark observes that Damona and Eric fight a lot, and it’s uncomfortable for everyone. Damona contends that they speak their minds and have an honest relationship, unlike Clark, whose relationship is built more on politeness than honesty. Damona tries to be amicable, Clark tries to be honest – neither effort goes over well. Molly sees a girl staring through their window at Dave. Dave says it’s Emily, and she has a crush on him; Molly says it stalking. DK scares her away, thinking he’s helping, but after she doesn’t return, Dave is sad and realizes the feelings go both ways. He talks to the girl, and she becomes his girlfriend — meaning she now stands inside, staring at Dave.
This post was written in association with Role Mommy Network.