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Emil Guillermo: Viola Davis, Andy Samberg, and the most Asian Face time at the Emmys—from Veep star Anna Chlumsky’s husband?


Viola Davis’ speech becomes the new cry of all actors of color.

Even Asian Americans.


Indeed the only thing that separates us all  from crossing the line is opportunity.

Then we break  out the ” success perms.”

Davis  said, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren’t there.”

But even when there are a few  roles for us,  you can’t win.

Or you can win what I call the “Invisible Emmy.”

I would have given an “Invisible Emmy”  to Randall Park and Constance Chu of “Fresh off the Boat,” this year.

I wrote about it in an AALDEF piece earlier this year.

(You can also read about the incredible Asian American who has won so many Emmys —for his off-camera work).

For this year’s broadcast, Davis was the highlight for me, but props to Berkeley’s Andy Samberg too. He  had a nice soft edge in his opening monologue.   Good enough to be invited back, I’m sure,  but edgy enough to sting. “Most diverse Emmys” joke, so “racism over,” was funny and stinging enough for the bosses in the crowd. So ABC hires more Asians this year and Fox dumps Mindy. Hollywood logic.

Maybe next year with season two of “Fresh Off the Boat, ” and the premier of “Dr.Ken,” we’ll  see some Asian Americanwinners?

I hope. But I doubt it.  Cable and the web give the latitude to explore real themes that make for award-winning shows.  The broadcast networks would never run more than watered down versions of the winners. But maybe Asian Americans will be flavor of the month next year?

On the Emmy broadcast, the most face time for an Asian American was likely Shaun So’s celebratory reaction to “Veep” winning for best comedy.  So is married to Veep co-star Anna Chlumsky and the camera caught them both at length  because they were sitting behind Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband Brad Hall.

That’s our diversity moment! #Typical.

The story of the invisible. But not for long.





Emil Guillermo: Ken Jeong’s “Dr.Ken” to make house calls as ABC picks up series for fall and becomes most Asian American-friendly network in prime time.

The Mouse must have a thing for Asian Americans.

First, “Fresh off the Boat,” and now  comedian Ken Jeong gets the nod for a full season from ABC for his sitcom, “Dr. Ken.”

It’s the first time two Asian American shows are on prime-time with a major network.

Jeong, a doctor before becoming a star as a member of the “Hangover”  ensemble,  has always pushed the comic in Asian stereotypes to the extreme.

I’ve always been a Jeong fan.

But maybe this is a chance to see the medical community as it really is.   Who are the docs you see in the hospitals these days?  They just don’t make it past central casting for TV shows.

Oh, and let’s hope we see  all the Filipino nurses.

Jeong is executive producer. 


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