I have current sitcom moms that I love on television. Sofia Vergara as Gloria on ABC's Modern Family has caused me to do a DTST belly laugh many times when I've drunk a beverage while watching the show. DTST stands for Danny Thomas Spit Take. Sitcom veteran Tracee Ellis Ross has finally been cast in a network project that utilizes and displays her comedy skills to a wider audience. From 2000-2008, she was a regular on the sitcom, Girlfriends. Tracee also gets big laughs from me as the medical doctor/working mom who tries to keep her upscale suburban African-American family from actin' afool. She's the perfect partner for actor/comedian Anthony Anderson as the ad agency family man on Black-ish, a new sitcom that's also on ABC.
Those two sitcom moms are now joined by actress Constance Wu as the mother on the even newer ABC sitcom, FRESH OFF THE BOAT. Wu did her time in community theater and in New York City acting classes before moving to Los Angeles where, thank Heaven, she landed the female lead role on this new sitcom.
Hard to believe that Fresh Off The Boat is the first sitcom about an Asian-American family on network TV in 20 years. The previous one starred comedian Margaret Cho and was also on ABC. I dig Cho alot, but that sitcom, co-starring B.D. Wong, wasn't very good. It didn't let Cho be Cho. We fans of her stand-up comedy were disappointed. She was disappointed. Her sitcom didn't last long.
Reportedly, ABC has given a green light to a sitcom pilot starring Ken Jeong, the doctor-turned-comic actor seen in Knocked Up. He also played the manic Asian gangster in the comedy, The Hangover. His ABC project, Dr. Ken, will be a medical comedy. This is good. It's about time network TV widened its casting net for Asian-American actors.