ABC has renewed family comedy Fresh Off the Boat for a fourth season, though it’s as yet unclear if it’s a full season. Though never a ratings breakout, Fresh Off the Boat has been a valuable project for ABC, helping to further diversify their brand while generating acclaim for both its writing and acting. It ran into a bit of a brick wall this past fall in the form of This Is Us, which sucked every bit of air out of the 9:00 hour, but it’s looked a bit better since the NBC family drama went into hiatus and should be able to further recover if ABC schedules around This Is Us‘s opening weeks appropriately.
Based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir and developed for television by Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23), Fresh Off the Boat follows the Huangs, a Taiwanese family who move from Washington D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando to open up a restaurant. The series focuses on the family’s attempts at assimilating into a community without a large Asian population and how living in such a community impacts their cultural identity.
Part of a strong comedy brand for ABC that includes Black-ish, The Middle, and Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park (Veep), Constance Wu (Sound of My Voice), Hudson Yang (The Sisterhood of Night), Forrest Wheeler (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Ian Chen (Grey’s Anatomy), Lucille Soong (Desperate Housewives), Chelsey Crisp (The Joe Schmo Show), and Ray Wise (Reaper).
Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesdays at 9:00 on ABC. The network will be unveiling its fall 2017 schedule on Tuesday, May 16th.