Everything about Kim’s Convenience, eh?

Toronto Blue Jays wild card strikes out Kim’s Convenience debut for one week

The Toronto Blue Jays’ regular season thriller may have been a boon for fans, but it’s caused one major headache for the CBC. The Jays one-game wild card faceoff against the Baltimore Orioles goes Tuesday night … straight up against the highly-anticipated debut of Kim’s Convenience.

Knowing baseball will decimate everything else ratings-wise in primetime on Tuesday, the network decided to move Kim’s Convenience‘s debut to next Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m. for two back-to-back episodes. The days of solely relying on overnight ratings is a thing of the past; live plus-7 is where it’s at in the numbers game, so I don’t totally understand the decision to do this, especially after all of the media coverage for Kim‘s touting this week’s bow.

The other show affected by this is Mr. D. Season 6 of Gerry Dee’s comedy was slated to return on Oct. 11 at 9:30 p.m. It will debut a week later on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 p.m. on CBC.

Created by Ins Choi first as a play for Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, Kim’s Convenience tells the story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in downtown Toronto. Mr. and Mrs. Kim immigrated to Toronto in the 80’s to set up shop near Regent Park and had two kids, Jung and Janet who are now young adults. However, when Jung was 16, he and Appa had a major falling out involving a physical fight, stolen money and Jung leaving home. Father and son have been estranged since.

Kim’s Convenience stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet and Andrew Phung as Kimchee.

Kim’s Convenience debuts Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on CBC.

Mr. D returns Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 p.m. on CBC.

Image courtesy of CBC.


Links: Kim’s Convenience

From Craig Takeuchi of The Georgia Strait:

Vancouver’s Andrea Bang hopes Kim’s Convenience helps boost Asian Canadian representation
“I didn’t see people like me on screen so I wanted to be a part of that conversation. The fact that a show like Kim’s Convenience is coming out and it has real characters, fully fleshed out people, not people who just come on and say like, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ and then leave—they actually have a backstory and a future story.” Continue reading.

From Aaron Chatha of Metro News:

Kim’s Convenience and having minorities on TV
On Tuesday, CBC premieres Kim’s Convenience, and having seen the first three episodes, I’m hoping it’s the first show in a long time that my whole family will sit together and enjoy. Continue reading.

From Simon Houpt of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Ivan Fecan: The producer bringing popular play Kim’s Convenience to TV
“I was blown away by the play in rehearsal,” said Fecan. He, Schultz and Ins Choi, a first-time Korean-Canadian playwright who mined his extended family’s story for the play, went to lunch. Over burgers and salads, Fecan told Choi about his parents, Ukrainian refugees who had arrived separately in Toronto in the early 1950s and worked long and gruelling blue-collar hours: his mother washing dishes in the Sears cafeteria, his father sweeping the city streets. Continue reading.

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

CBC’s big week starts with the excellent Kim’s Convenience
Heartily recommended, Kim’s Convenience is a clever, generally engaging screwball comedy with an eye on entertainment – and not much else, thankfully. Continue reading. 



Link: Korean-Canadian family sitcom ‘Kim’s Convenience’ aims to boost diversity on TV

From Lauren La Rose of The Canadian Press:

Link: Korean-Canadian family sitcom ‘Kim’s Convenience’ aims to boost diversity on TV
As “Kim’s Convenience” opens up shop in prime time, the Korean-Canadian family sitcom joins a rising number of shows seeking to boost visibility of Asian actors and characters.

“It’s so great to be able to add to that conversation in a positive way, because to be frank, a lot of that conversation is…. quite negative,” said series co-creator Ins Choi, who adapted his award-winning play for TV with showrunner Kevin White. Continue reading.


Link: Shop Talk – Can Kim’s Convenience help fix TV’s diversity problem?

From Nicholas Hune-Brown of The Walrus:

Link: Shop Talk – Can Kim’s Convenience help fix TV’s diversity problem?
In reality, one in five Canadians is a visible minority. In Vancouver and Toronto, where many of these shows are shot, nearly half the residents are people of colour. And yet on our televisions, minorities exist at the margins. They’re there for a moment—working the front desk at the gym, mopping up after a group of wacky elementary-school teachers—and then they’re gone, multicultural set dressing against which the paler denizens of TV Canada live their eventful lives. Continue reading.


Link: Ins Choi’s award-winning Toronto play Kim’s Convenience ready to make its comedic debut on CBC-TV

From Ron Johnson of Post City:

Link: Ins Choi’s award-winning Toronto play Kim’s Convenience ready to make its comedic debut on CBC-TV
Ins Choi was happy when his play Kim’s Convenience made it into the Toronto Fringe Festival. That was enough for a young kid fresh out of acting school at York University.

Now, after many stage productions at Soulpepper Theatre Company, tours, accolades and acclaim, Choi’s plucky comedy about a Korean family running a convenience store is about to make its premiere on CBC-TV this fall. Continue reading.