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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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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