From David Berry of The National Post:
Link: Kimâ€™s Convenience, and the method behind the seeming madness of CBCâ€™s programming
If nothing can be everything to everyone, the CBC can at least be nothing to anyone.
I donâ€™t know that our public broadcaster will ever shake its reputation for striving cluelessness when it comes toÂ what, exactly, Canadians want to see on television. Thereâ€™s all that history, for a start, and itâ€™s a nice convenient narrative that works for everyone from grumpy free-marketers who see â€œheritage fundingâ€ as just another term for setting their hard-earned tax dollars on fire to sniffing aesthetes who think art isnâ€™t art unless each and every second of it is a punishing ordeal designed to shake your understanding of human experience to its very core. Continue reading.Â
From Katherine Monk of The Ex-Press
New CBC sitcom exposes The Convenience Truth
Andrea Bang thanks the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only did the team win the required games to advance, they pushed back the network premiere of her new show, Kimâ€™s Convenience.
The new CBC comedy based on Ins Choiâ€™s award-winning Fringe play airs this evening, but it was originally slated to air last Tuesday â€“ in the heat of the Blue Jaysâ€™ wild card bid. The network wisely aired the ballgame instead, but Bang wasnâ€™t depressed about the delay. Continue reading.
From Courtney Shea of Toronto Life:
Link: Q&A: Ins Choi, the writer behind CBC’s new comedy Kim’s Convenience
In 2011,Â Kimâ€™s ConvenienceÂ upstaged every other show at the Toronto Fringe Festival and earned the Best New Play award for its creator, Ins Choi. Five years later, the comedyâ€”about a Korean family and their variety store in Regent Parkâ€”is the centrepiece of CBCâ€™s fall prime-time lineup, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. (it got bumped by the Blue Jays last Tuesday), and the first Canadian TV series to feature an entirely Asian cast. We spoke to Choi about the pressure of pioneering, whyÂ Kimâ€™s ConvenienceÂ isnâ€™t a â€œKorean showâ€ and how the Asianâ€“North American entertainment community can buryÂ Long Duk DongÂ once and for all. Continue reading.