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NBC Developing a Sitcom Starring Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong playing a doctor in "Knocked Up" (2007)

Ken Jeong playing a doctor in “Knocked Up” (2007)

Actor, comedian, doctor – that’s right, he’s a licensed physician – Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Pain & Gain) will star in a multi-camera sitcom titled Dr. Ken. The show, which has been put under development by NBC, will be based on Jeong’s real-life as a doctor before stepping into the world of comedy.

Jared Stern, who wrote the screenplay for the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson vehicle The Internship, will write the pilot. Jeong himself is co-executive producer. The comedian/doctor currently stars as the outrageous and sometimes-villainous Chang on NBC’s Community, which is going into its fifth and possibly final (you never know with this show) season.

Cable has Sullivon & Son, starring half-Irish, half-Korean, all-American comedian Steve Byrne, but I believe the last time network TV had a sitcom centered on an Asian-American it was Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl (canceled after one season.) We also have Maggie Q, who is half-Vietnamese on her mother’s side, on The CW’s action-based drama Nikita.

If Dr. Ken is picked up by NBC, this will mark the first time that an Asian-American man has been put front-and-center of a network TV show.