HBO Potentially Increases Its Onscreen (And Offscreen) Portrayal Of Asian Americans With A Comedy Titled KTown.
The project comes from Jason Kim, a producer on HBO Barry who also worked on Girls and by netflix To like, and actress and writer Greta Lee (Luck, inside Amy Schumer). It is described as a dark comedy about the quirky Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown and the central family at the center of it.
Lee will also have an on-screen role as Yumi Kang, a self-proclaimed “Brentwood Barbie” who reconnects with her “embarrassing” roots to become a powerful Korean-American woman. Lee had a recurring role in Girls‘second and third seasons, but her time on that series didn’t overlap with Kim, who joined season four.
Should KTown go to the series, this would be the first HBO show focused on Asian Americans and one of the few across all of television – ABC Freshly landed being the most prominent current example. The development also comes on the heels of crazy rich asians‘huge box office success over the summer; the film grossed over $ 220 million worldwide on an announced budget of $ 30 million.
Two more projects about and by Asian Americans – a comedy by writer Jessica Gao and the drama ‘Ohana by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen – are in development at ABC.
In addition to writing KTown, Kim and Lee will produce with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Susan Goldberg for Annapurna TV.
Kim is replaced by UTA and Gang Tire; Lee is replaced by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.