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Executive producer Nahnatchka Khan tells us about creating the first sitcom starring an Asian American family in more than 20 years, and the pressures that came along with knowing the show would be so closely observed. She also talks about dealing with the complaints of Eddie Huang, whose memoir inspired the show. Then, the new Hungarian film White God features quite a large four-legged cast -- more than 250 dogs. KCRW's Matt Holzman meets the superdogs who lead the pack and their trainer Teresa Miller, who found them as puppies in an Arizona trailer park.

Photo: Cast of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 25 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- The Comcast and Time Warner merger is officially dead. The giant cable companies tried to argue that a merger would actually be good for consumers, but government regulators said not so fast.

- Verizon FiOS announces that they'll let customers put together smaller, personalized cable packages. It's not quite ala carte, but it's moving in that direction, perhaps in anticipation of the new "skinny" bundles Apple TV will start offering this summer.

- The big crowd-pleasers at this year's CinemaCon in Las Vegas were Tom Cruise doing stunts on an airplane for the latest Mission Impossible movie and a screening of Pixar's Inside Out, which had audiences tearing up. Warner Bros is coming out with an ambitious nine movies this summer, but at this point, none of them are guaranteed box office mega-hits.

More:
CinemaCon coverage at the Hollywood Reporter
'To the Point' on Comcast-Time Warner dropped merger bid

Fresh Off the Boat 10 MIN, 29 SEC

ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, just wrapped up a successful freshman season. Showrunner Nahnatchka Khan tells us about creating the first sitcom about an Asian American family in more than two decades, and the pressures that came along with knowing the show would be so closely watched.

The last time an Asian-American family starred in a sitcom was Margaret Cho's All American Girl in 1994, which bombed in ratings and reviews.

Fresh Off the Boat, based on a memoir by celebrity chef Eddie Huang, has fared better. But Khan has had to deal with Huang's vocal criticism that the show does not represent his own version of his life.

Kahn, whose previous show, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, ran on ABC for two seasons, recently sat down with Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian of KCRW's podcast, The Spin-off. She talked about her relationship with Huang and how she dealt with the news that her show would run on Tuesday nights, which has traditionally not been a strong night for comedies on ABC.

Kahn shares her hopes for the future of Fresh Off the Boat and recalls earning her TV chops on Pepper Ann and then as one of only two female writers on Seth McFarland's American Dad.

Guests:
Nahnatchka Khan, TV writer and producer (@FreshOffABC)

White God 8 MIN, 14 SEC

The new Hungarian film White God has gone to the dogs. The movie features more than 250 canines of different shapes and sizes, sitting, running and attacking in sync.

KCRW's Matt Holzman set out to find the leader of the pack. As he learned, the film actually uses two top dogs, Luke and Bodie. Their trainer Teresa Miller plucked them from the total obscurity of an Arizona trailer park and took them all the way to a Sundance debut.

White God is now out in theaters. You can read more about training Luke and Bodie, and see pictures of them hard at work with Teresa Miller on Studio 360, where this piece originally aired.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

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Listen to Joe Morgenstern's review of 'White God'

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