FROM Nahnatchka Khan
Fresh Off the Boat 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.
Chatting with 'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator Nahnatchka Khan Special guest Nahnatchka Khan joins Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian. The creator of the new ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat talks about the process of adapting Eddie Huang's memoir for television, the increase on-screen diversity, and how to cope with learning your mid-season comedy will air on Tuesday nights.
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In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
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