Ken Jeong Joins CBS Comedy From CRAZY RICH ASIANS Author
According to Variety, actor/comedian Ken Jeong has signed on to star on the forthcoming CBS comedy THE EMPEROR OF MALIBU. The new comedy comes from Kevin Kwan, who is known for writing the acclaimed CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Jeong will play the lead role of the character named Gerry.
The comedy, titled "The Emperor of Malibu," follows two very different families-one from Shanghai with NEW MONEY and one from the East coast of the U.S. with old money- that must learn to co-exist when their children get married.
Crazy Rich Asiansis the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
Ken Jeong is a comedic actor, producer and writer. Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in "Knocked Up," Jeong has gone on to numerous comedic roles in both film and television. Jeong appeared as the Asian mobster "Mr. Chow" in the hit comedy "The Hangover," which earned him three TEEN CHOICE nominations and an MTV Movie Award. In 2008, Jeong starred in his first major role, opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, as the villain in Judd Apatow's "Role Models." That same year, he also appeared in the cult comedy hits "Pineapple Express" and "Step Brothers." In 2011, Jeong reprised his role of "Mr. Chow" in "The Hangover 2." He was then seen in the franchise's third installment, "The Hangover 3." Other film credits include "The Duff," "Transformers 3," "Despicable Me 2," "Ride Along 2" and "Norm of the North." On television, Jeong was mostly recently seen starring on the network comedy "Dr. Ken," on which he also served as creator, writer and executive producer. Additionally, he was a series regular on the critically acclaimed comedy "Community" from 2009-2015. Other television credits include "The Office," "Entourage" and "MADtv." In 2015, Jeong directed an ESPN 30 FOR 30 documentary, "Student Athlete," and he also produced the Sundance Award-winning film "Advantageous," which received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination.
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