by Nahnatchka Khan
Feb. 4, 2015. We find out from ABC this will be our premiere date. Four is an unlucky number in Chinese culture, so one of our executive producers Melvin Mar immediately leaves the 20th Century Fox lot to burn incense and perform a ritual to combat it. I learn our regular time slot will be 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Our lead-in will be Wheel of Fortune.
At this time, there are no scripted comedies on Tuesday nights on ABC. After us, at 8:30 p.m., will be a new hidden-camera show called Repeat After Me, based on a bit from Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. Then Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m.
April 5, 2019. The 100th episode of Fresh Off the Boat will air. It’s a milestone for any show, such a hard number to reach, almost impossible now given how the entire television industry has been upended in the four years since we premiered. Four, there’s that number again. No one could have possibly predicted that A. We’d still be on the air, B. 20th would now be owned by Disney, and C. Everyone has pretty much acknowledged that streaming is the future. Only one of those things I have any control over.
Fresh Off the Boat will be syndicated. This show and these characters will live forever in the pantheon of classic family sitcoms. Years and years from now, the kids on our show, Hudson, Forrest and Ian, could be sitting with their kids, flicking through streaming options on their virtual tablets and come across Fresh Off the Boat. And they’ll tell them how it originally aired on what we used to call televisions.
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April 05, 2019 — 7:00am PDT