Dr Ken is an upcoming show from the network provider ABC, due to debut in the Autumn of 2015, or in television season terms, the 2015-2016 television cycle. It is a situational comedy (sit-com) that is likely to be reminiscent of The Office, except in the medical industry.
Plot and Premise
Dr Ken is the brain child of actor Ken Jeong. Ken Jeong, before turning into a stand-up comedian and then later an actor, was previously a doctor. He claims that this is the inspiration for the new show, which sees a Dr, (Dr Ken, the title character) try to balance a stressful career with a family life. The main character is Dr Ken, played by Ken Jeong, and other main characters include the doctor’s family and his colleagues, including his therapist wife.
Ken Jeong plays the main character, Dr Ken Park. Ken Park is a physicist living in the United States. Ken Jeong has previously been a doctor and a stand-up comic. He is mostly famous for his role in the comedy series Community as well as playing the gangster Leslie Chow in the comedy movie trilogy, The Hangover series. Other work in television has seen him on The Office, The Improv, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to The Hangover, Jeong has also appeared on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Knocked Up and Pineapple Express. Dr Ken will see Jeong take to both the director’s chair and the executive-production role for the first time in his career.
Suzy Nakamura is set to play Ken Park’s wife, a therapist, in a starring role opposite the main character. Suzy Nakamura is previously recognized for her guest appearances in shows such as According to Jim, Half and Half, 8 Simple Rules, Curb Your Enthusiasm and How I Met Your Mother. In addition, she has also played roles outside of situational comedies, such as her recurring role in the early seasons of the drama The West Wing as assistant to the Sam Seaborn character, as well as Dr. Miura in mockumentary Modern Family, created by the ABC network.
Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin will play Damona. Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin is previously famous for work on the FOX television series Martin as Gina Waters-Payne from 1992 to 1997; and as Janet “Jay” Johnson-Kyle on the ABC television sitcom My Wife and Kids from 2001 to 2005, which were both starring roles. Her first television role was as a child in the nineteen seventies. In addition to television, she has appeared in films such as Little Shop Of Horrors and Zack and Miri Make A Porno. She has also released an album of music.
David Scott Foley will play a main character in Dr Ken, Pat. Foley is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, director and producer, best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio. He has also appeared in numerous webcam shows, television shows, movies and music videos. Elsewhere, he has worked as a songwriter.
Jonathan Slavin will play “Clark.” Slavin has appeared in numerous television shows, including but not limited to: Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, My Name Is Earl, Summerland, Friends, Weeds, Wings, ER, Chicago Hope, Ugly Betty, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, Better With You, Legit, Raising Hope, The Finder, and Friends with Better Lives.
Margaret Cho is slated to appear in a guest starring role. Margaret show is a noted artist, fashion designer and television personality. She is famous for her support of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) movement. She made her acting debut on television in the fourth season of Sex And The City, and previous to that she’d played the role of Wanda in the 1997 film, Face / Off. She has since written shows and films herself, as well as having a documentary about her entitled The Notorious C.H.O.
Dr Ken is produced by ABC network, Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The television show was picked up on the seventh of May 2015. The series was written, co-produced and directed by Ken Jeong. He has stated that he feels confident that the show will be a success based on the large amount of creative control that he has received.
Reception (So Far)
The show has yet to be released, and so there has yet to be any sort of popular reception for the show. However, critics that have seen advanced screenings for Dr Ken have been generally negative in their outlook for the show. Some suggest that the show will have a hard trouble surviving its initial viewings. Jeong has rejected this idea. However, a lot of the criticism has been based on the trailer footage which has been released, so only a certain amount of screen time has been considered. One critic compared the show to All American Girl, which starred Margaret Cho, a guest star for this series. Once again, Jeong denied the claim, due to his perceived creative control over the project.
Technical Things About The Show
In order to write a complete article, we’ll finish with a section on the technical aspects of the show that haven’t already been covered in previous sections on the production of the show. The camera set-up for the show is a multi-camera set-up. This differs from a single-camera setup in that multiple cameras are used in each scene.
The run time for the show is twenty two minutes per episode. The show will debut on the second of October, 2015, and the first three episodes have been announced thus far. The titles for the episodes are as follows:
Episode 1: Pilot
Episode 2: Ken Helps Pat
Episode 3: The Seminar
Dates for the episodes following the pilot have not been officially released, although as it is a Friday night slot, it is safe to assume that the pilot will air on October 2nd, and episode two will be a week later on October 9th, and the third will be aired on the 16th October. To watch reruns of Dr. Ken, sign up today for an internet package from XFINITY.
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