Dr Ken’s a Real-life Doctor Especially During His Wife’s Breast Cancer Struggle

Looking at Ken Jeong, the talented Korean actor and comedian, no one can make out that he is actually a real-life doctor. However, this both reel and real life doctor had to go through some really tough times when his wife, Tran, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The thing is that a disease like cancer does not only take a toll on the patient, but also impacts everyone around them.

Ken Jeong had completed his residency in internal medicine from the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Meanwhile, he was also simultaneously a regular feature at many stand-up comedy clubs. He served as a physician in multiple hospitals in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Until 2007, he kept juggling the two careers. It is not easy to become a doctor and therefore, he wasn’t sure whether he should leave it and try his future in acting. From a successful career as a doctor to a struggling actor, he did not know if it was a smart move. But, it was his wife who encouraged him to do what he wanted to. This push was enough for him to leave his career as a doctor and take up acting full time. The couple is more like a team that kept encouraging each other to do well in life and not hold back until they realized their dreams.

Dr Ken is Ken Jeong

Dr Ken is Ken Jeong

Tran herself is a physician, who is practicing family medicine. It was she who first observed a lump on her breast in 2007. Her worst fears came true when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Receiving a call from the doctor with such news is definitely emotionally wrecking for the patient, but it is equally challenging for the caregiver as well. As the primary caregiver, Tran’s illness was particularly difficult for Ken Jeong. He had to go through the tough time, while simultaneously making sure that his wife did not give up. He also had his twin daughters to take care of, who were just one year old.

It turns out that the old adage is true after all – Laughter is actually the best medicine. One of the most popular comedic roles in Hollywood made this phrase a reality for Ken Jeong and his wife Tran, and that too at a time when they were fighting one of the deadliest diseases. Right in the middle of all the chemotherapy treatments came the call for a role that would go on to become a legendary character and make Ken a household name. This call was for the role of Mr. Chow in the wildly successful, Hangover. Of course, Ken Jeong never knew that it was going to be a role of a lifetime for him. Given the personal crisis he was going through, Jeong was not sure if he should take up the role. But as always, Tran helped him with his confusion and suggested him to go through with it. He was not sure earlier, but when his wife nudged him to take up the offer, he had no more doubts.

Dr Tran Ho is the real wife of Ken Jeong

Dr Tran Ho is the real wife of Ken Jeong

At the time, Ken also did not know that the humorous role of a Korean gangster would go on to become a channel for releasing his own bottled anger. The anger of Mr. Chow, which was the source of laughter to the audiences, actually served as therapy for Ken Jeong. With all the dark shadows looming over his life, he got the opportunity to channel out his emotions in a productive manner. Since he also got a chance to go out and get a fresh perspective, he was able to become a much better caregiver to his wife.

Ken also made a few contributions of his own to the movie that he knew only his wife would notice. He saw to it that the movie was especially entertaining for his wife. He wanted her to know that he loved her and sought to make her laugh in the darkest hour of their lives together, in his own unique style.

From the 'Dr. Wendi Coming to LA' episode

From the ‘Dr. Wendi Coming to LA’ episode

Ken has always been known among his friends for his improvisation skills. It was his years of experience in theater and improv that has brought him a lot of roles in television and movies. He has been seen in The Office on the NBC Network, and the HBO hits Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage. Improv has been one of his strong suits and he made sure that he used that to put a smile on the face of his beloved wife.

In Hangover, Ken played a small role, but he made it his own. The actor impromptu added words to his lines in the movie. He did this more than a few times in the movie, but one of the most noticeable of them all is when Bradley Cooper and friends come to get Doug from Mr. Chow. Though he was a Korean gangster, what many people did not notice was that he shouted ‘kai chee’ to his henchmen to get Doug out of the car for the exchange. Now, ‘kai chee’ is actually a Vietnamese phrase, which means ‘chicken die’. This is really an inside joke between Ken and his wife. The actor made sure that these and some other covert jokes that were known only to him and his wife made way into the movie. He was doing this movie to make his wife laugh more than anybody else. And it worked. She did enjoy the movie, enjoyed his antics and especially the jokes that were there just for her.

Allison Played by Suzy Nakamura

Allison Played by Suzy Nakamura

The couple worked like a team fighting cancer and in raising their twin daughters. Tran was finally able to beat cancer after the filming of Hangover got over. Ken shared his happiness with the world at the MTV Movie Awards in 2010.

The couple is now happily living a cancer-free life. Their girls are 8 years old now and the family is doing fine. Ken Jeong has done a lot of movies and television shows since. In fact, his namesake show, Dr. Ken, which debuted on ABC in 2015 is running quite successfully. To keep up with Dr. Ken, check out his show when you have a reliable cable TV connection.

Bones Will Return for a 12th and Final Season

Bones is the longest running one-hour show on the Fox network. It has been a decade since it debuted on September 13, 2005 and for the entire decade, it has been one of the most reliable staple shows on the network. The show has managed to gather one of the strongest fan bases on the television. So, it is only natural that fans will be thrilled to know that the show has been renewed for season 12, and will be returning in 2016. But, it will be returning to say a final goodbye. Yes, the twelfth season of the show will be its last season.

Did you know that Bones is actually based on real-life events in the life of Kathy Reichs? She is herself a forensic anthropologist and a novelist. Kathy is also one of the producers of the show. The original creator of the show, Hart Hanson, stopped contributing to the show way back, but stayed as one of the executive producers. Also, the longstanding showrunner of the series, Stephen Nathan, also hung his cap and remained only as the executive producer, at the beginning of the eleventh season. It was during this time that Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson were brought in as the showrunners for the series. At the time Jonathan Collier was a well-known name for his work on The Simpsons, Monk, and King of the Hill. Michael Peterson, on the other hand, was a fairly newcomer as a showrunner. Yet, the duo has managed to take the legacy of the Bones forward, and intend to keep it that way until it sees its logical end.

The one delightful news to the audience is that the producers and showmakers feel that the loyal customer base of the TV series has been with the show through thick and thin. They have spent one long decade with each other, and have established an emotional bond together. Therefore, they wish to ensure that the loyal fans deserve a great ending for their favorite show. The showmakers have promised that the twelfth season will be the most satisfying to the audience. Also, they noted that since it has been finally decided that the show will end with the twelfth season, they can now focus on writing the most remarkable finale for the eleventh season as well.

This will be the hardest season, since all of the unresolved issues will have to be culminated in this season

This will be the hardest season, since all of the unresolved issues will have to be culminated in this season

Presently, the show is on a hiatus and will have its spring premiere on April 14, 2016. As for the final season, it will be comprised of 11 episodes, instead of the usual 22 episodes. The producers feel that this will not put overdue stress on the show makers to ensure that the final season is great for all the episodes. With only 11 season to focus on, they can make it great, just the way they want.

Although it is nice that everything sounds so great and provide closure about the move to end it with the twelfth season, things under the surface are not as smooth as they look. Barry Josephson, who is one of the executive producers of the show, filed a massive lawsuit against Fox, the last November. In his lawsuit, he claims that he has not been paid a share of his profits from the series that was promised to him. Within a few days of his lawsuit, the lead actors, Deschanel and Boreanaz, as well as the author, Kathy Reichs followed his example and filed lawsuits against Fox. This has shaken up the whole set up pretty bad.

Seeley Joseph Booth (David Boreanaz) will get into all kinds of trouble in the 12th and final season

Seeley Joseph Booth (David Boreanaz) will get into all kinds of trouble in the 12th and final season

Despite the lawsuits, Fox TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden, has offered that the decision of the network to end the series was not influenced by the lawsuits at all. She said that it was done to give the loyal fans of the series an immensely satisfying ending that they so truly deserve. It was also done to ensure that everyone involved with the project got a respectful send off. Although Dana refers to Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, when she talks about giving a good send off, they aren’t the only ones departing from the show. David Boreanaz, who plays the lead role of FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, and Emily Deschanel, who plays the role of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, were the first to be cast in the show, and have been with it ever since. However, their 11-year contract with Fox expired with the eleventh season. Now, Dana says that the network’s decision to end the show is not affected by the lawsuits it is facing from the actors. But, considering the fact that their contract has ended, it would not be too far-fetched to take her word with a grain, scratch that, a bucket of salt. Let’s face it, there would be no Bones without the Bones. There could, of course, be other reasons for the producers to finally call it quits. For instance, Michaela Conlin, who plays a forensic artist on the show, has a movie slated for release soon, The Disappointments Room, a thriller with Lucas Till and Kate Beckinsale. Perhaps, the other actors want to move on as well. Nevertheless, the producers have gotten the actors on board to assemble one last time to give the show an ending it deserves.

Emily Deschanel will return as Dr. Temperance Brennan for one last season

Emily Deschanel will return as Dr. Temperance Brennan for one last season

When Bones will air its last episode, it will have completed a total of 246 episodes. This will make it the longest-running series on the Fox network, ever. Although it has been one long journey, the show was always an excellent performer for the network. It always brought in viewers. Yet, it did go through its own ups and downs. People have lost track of how many times the show has been moved around the schedule. Despite all this, it is still one of the favorite shows among the audiences, and it would not be wrong to assume that the producers would have kept it going if they could. That being said, they have stressed how much amazing the final season is going to be, and there is no reason to doubt their claim. The wait will be worth it. To watch reruns of Bones, all you need is a television package from XFINITY.

Stephen King’s 11.22.63 brought to life with James Franco

Time travel comes with its consequences. Hollywood has taught us that time travel has its rules and any attempt to play with them misfires badly. But, what are those rules? Do you follow the rules that superheroes like Superman do, the ones that mind-bending movies like Predestination depict, or those that our Doctor regularly break with his Tardis? The truth is that nobody has a damn clue about it – not the scientists, not the conspiracy theorists, and the least of them all, the Hollywood producers. So, when Stephen King decided that he would pen down his take on the subject matter, he naturally decided to do it in his own style in his novel 11/22/63. The novel has been very successful and has been developed into an awesome miniseries for Hulu. The episodes released so far take the audience on a thrilling adventure to the sixties. Backed by some of the biggest names in the business such as J.J. Abrams of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame, Bridget Carpenter of Friday Night Lights fame, and James Franco (does he need any introduction!), the show has kept people on their seat edges waiting for the release of each episode. But, the story of how it all came to be is also quite fascinating.

 

Stephen King wrote the novel in 2011. But, the idea itself for the novel appeared in his mind as far back as 1971, three years before his first novel, Carrie, was published. At the time, he was a young English Teacher, who couldn’t find any decent publisher to print his writing. The idea slipped into the back of his mind, and other projects eventually took priority, which hurled him into the ranks of the most popular authors of all time. But, when he finally decided to write the novel, he realized the size of the challenge in front of him. The novel is primarily set in the late fifties and the early sixties. To ensure that the novel does justice to the era, he had to do immense research on the era. He did, and it all paid off. 11/22/63 sold millions of copies and was named by New York Times as one of the best five fictions of 2011. But, he was absolutely against it being anything but a thriller movie. So, what changed his mind?

Sarah Gadon plays Sadie Dunhill

Sarah Gadon plays Sadie Dunhill

One of the first people to approach King with rights for turning the novel into something for television was Jonathan Demme. For some time, King and Demme worked together to discuss whether it will be a good movie or a TV show. But, with King standing his ground on turning it into a movie, and the two not being able to agree on what to be omitted, the collaboration fell off. It was actually J. J. Abrams that convinced King that it would be best converted into a miniseries. James Franco was chosen to play the lead role of Jake Epping. Even his casting had a luck factor to it. James Franco apparently picked the novel at an airport and was very impressed by it. He saw huge potential in it, and thought that it could be turned into something really watchable. When he contacted King about the rights, he came to know about Abrams already having them. So fascinated for Franco with it that he had written an article for Vice on the novel. This caught Abrams’ attention, who offered him the lead role in the miniseries.

Franco is trying to prevent JFK's assassination

Franco is trying to prevent JFK’s assassination

James Franco plays the role of Jake Epping, a typical English teacher, who is going through a rough time of his own. He is getting divorced and has very recently lost his father. As part of his job, he gives students an assignment to write about a day that changed their lives. Jake frequents a diner, which is run by a guy named Al. Over the years, the two have become friends. One day, AI takes him to the diner’s pantry. Jake learns that there is a time portal in the pantry, and it always takes people to the exact same date in 1960. While Jake is still wrapping his mind around this, he asks Al how he has a time portal in the back of his diner, to which Al expresses his ignorance. Al tells Jake that no matter how much time Jake spends in the past through the time portal, only two minutes will have passed in the present time.

Josh Duhamel plays Frank Dunning

Josh Duhamel plays Frank Dunning

However, Al states that he has used the time portal many times, and the last time he returned from the portal, he was already in the advanced stage of cancer.

Al proposes to Jake that since the time portal takes people to 1960, which is 3 years before the assassination of JFK, the assassination itself can be prevented by killing Lee Harvey Oswald, before he shot the President. Al, being a veteran, also claims that if JFK was alive, then the Vietnam War, and many such tragedies could have been prevented. Jake initially refuses to become a part of this thing, but eventually does end up liking the idea. However, Al dies by the time Jake decides to agree to the mission. Armed with a set of instructions from AI, which he had listed down for him, Jake goes to 1960 to follow Oswald, investigate whether he was working with others or alone, and to stop him from carrying out his assassination. Of course, he had to fall in love in the 1960s, while trying to save the world in a highly complicated way, with a completely uncertain future hanging on his actions. Also, any attempts to change the time will be met with great resistance by the universe, which will try to make things the same as they were before.

11.22.63 is a Hulu original

11.22.63 is a Hulu original

James Franco has managed to deliver an excellent performance as Jake Epping. Without the high level scientific explanations of the time travel and their loopholes, this miniseries pursues only what really matters for the show – an excellent story. Whether Franco will be able to save the President will be something that the audience will soon be able to find out. Each episode of the 8-part miniseries, including the pilot, is released every week on Hulu. Out of these, four of the episodes have already been on air, and the audience won’t have to wait much longer to have their curiosity fulfilled. When you purchase an internet and cable television package, you can watch Hulu wherever you want.

Why Shazam Could Take Over the World

Shazam has already changed the lives of music lovers in numerous ways. In fact, we have come so far that any Shazam user can no more think of a world in which they hear a song and not be able to identify it. The idea itself is not new. Shazam has been in music identification business since 1999, when the company was created. Then, the users were required to call a particular number and the robot on the other end would recognize the music on the phone. Once the company turned the service into an app and launched it alongside the iPhone App Store in 2007, its popularity exploded massively. Today, more the app can be found on more than 500 million phones, and has more than 120 million active monthly users. But, this is nothing to what the company intends to do with the app. Soon, it might revolutionize the whole world with its amazing features, and come to dominate a variety of industries.

Shazam is already disrupting the music industry and taking some of the biggest established players in the market such as Pandora and Spotify, head on. When users use the app to recognize a music, the app not only returns the name of the track, but also a host of other related information. The artist name, the corresponding music video, the other works of the artist, and others are displayed to the user right away.

Shazam already has forged contracts with some music aggregators so that users can listen to that particular song right away as well. But, Shazam itself has not even mandate the users to subscribe or login to enjoy its utility. Further, all these features are not limited to just music tags, but are also provided when you search for a particular music or artist using the search feature on the app.

If you look up an artist on Shazam it will give you the entire collection of related artists, albums, tv shows, and single tracks all in one scroll

If you look up an artist on Shazam it will give you the entire collection of related artists, albums, tv shows, and single tracks all in one scroll

Despite the fact that all the above features are quite extraordinary, Shazam’s true potential is far more impressive. It is changing how consumers interact with the world of music and consume music. Shazam can keep a note of the location and times when you tagged different music, and show them to you on a map. Accompanying it will be the music that is most popular in different locations of the world. What’s more, people can also check out the various music tagged by their friends. They can share their tags and discoveries with their contacts as well. In other words, fans can promote their favorite bands and artists using the app, and make their music appear among the most popular list in their area. By actively engaging the fans in how music is consumed, the app is having a direct impact on the performance of their favorite artists’ work.

More than two years ago, Shazam stunned the people in the tech world with its (then) latest feature. The new feature was recognition of TV shows. Just the way it recognizes music, it could now recognize TV shows as well. This, in itself is remarkable. But, Shazam took it to a whole new level, by being able to recognize the TV shows, even while they are being aired LIVE. It is an understatement to call this an extraordinary development. Let’s understand why this is such a big deal. In the case of music recognition, the company first creates fingerprints of all the music that is available with this. Then, when you use the app to recognize a music, it creates a short fingerprint of that music, and compare it with the massive database of fingerprints it has already created. If there is a match, it throws the results to you.

Shazam even has it's own hall of fame

Shazam even has its own hall of fame

Now, look at what is happening with Live TV shows. There is no database of fingerprints. Everything is happening right then and there. That’s why it is so remarkable. The app does not just recognize the TV show, but also provides relevant information such as the Wikipedia page, IMDB page, official website, latest tweets, the list of the cast, and even all the music that is broadcast on the show. So, just by having Shazam recognize a show, you can find all the music that has ever appeared on the show. This works even for the new shows.

The same year, when this service made its debut, Shazam received a funding of $40 million from the then world’s richest man, the Mexican tycoon, Carlos Slim Helú. When the richest man in the whole wide world thinks that your app is worth his investment, then you know that things just got real. Two years later, Shazam raised another $30 million in funding to fuel its seemingly unstoppable growth. The company has not made any profits so far, and the primary reason is that it is more focused on growing. And considering where it is going, there is no doubt that it is actually, truly going to take over the entire world. At least, that’s what it looks from the sound of its next feature.

You can also get Shazam for your Apple Watch and Android Wear

You can also get Shazam for your Apple Watch and Android Wear

Remember the times when an app used to take about 30 seconds to listen to and recognize the music? Well, Shazam now recognizes the music in far less time. When it comes to the most popular music, the app takes less than a second to throw up the results. This is good enough for us. But, Shazam intends to beat its own record with a new feature. This feature allows the app to auto-tag continuously. In other words, the app will be always listening to the world around you, even when it is switched off. In other words, the app will have 24X7 access to everything that you listen to in your life. Then, with its auto-tagging feature, it will have already recognized the music, or TV show even before you asked it to. To put it in simple terms, Shazam won’t wait anymore for you to ask it to recognize the music. Instead, it will predict that for you, and recognize the music, even before you ask it to. Of course, what will happen when it gains complete and unhindered access to every sound in our lives, is best left to imagination and more fodder for Hollywood conspiracy movies.

You can look up lyrics, features, and latest tracks from your favorite artists on your laptop as well

You can look up lyrics, features, and latest tracks from your favorite artists on your laptop as well

Just like all these recognition features are going to forever change the world, Shazam intends to do in different areas. For instance, soon you will be able to recognize products and items with Shazam. Also, it intends to do to travel what it has done to music. Without a doubt, Shazam is set to be the next biggest thing in the tech world. Something fun to do is Shazam music you like when you hear it on cable TV programs. You can have cable access by selecting a plan from XFINITY. Shazam away!