Dr. Ken Jeong says medicine can be ‘professionally unfulfilling,’ but he …

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dr. Ken’ much happier now.

Cast member Ken Jeong laughs at a panel for the Disney-ABC television series “Dr. Television is still lagging in some areas of diversity, but at least it’s progressed sufficiently for newly included groups to screw up just as badly as everyone else. Last year, Sean Hayes proved that being an out gay man wasn’t enough to save his terrible NBC sitcom “Sean Saves the World” from being canceled after a single season. Ken (premieres Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.); plays Chang on NBC/Yahoo Screen’s Community; former internist Ken Jeong: I’ll run on the treadmill and go back and forth between CNN and ESPN, get my daily dose of info.

Ken,” while Gabriel Iglesias hits the road with his own cable series, “Fluffy Breaks Even.” Gabriel Iglesias has always freestyled when it comes to his concert performances. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni – RTX1N2IG “There is a lot of burnout in primary care because a lot of times you are the gatekeeper in the HMO and [the patients] just want to see a specialist…you are just pushing papers.” “There is a bit of that kind of burnout or medical groundhog day.

Jeong, best known for his roles in the “Hangover” films and the television show “Community,” is funniest when he plays over the top characters who drop into a story and steal the scene from the main players. “Dr. Anything that is repetitive and unfulfilling can sew the the seeds of burnout.” He hung up his stethoscope for good in 2006 just before landing his breakout role — ironically as a doctor — in the Katherine Heigl comedy “Knocked Up.” “Dr. Ken” follows the day to day misadventures of a quirky but brilliant L.A. physician, who is trying to keep up with his career, wife and two children. “I was in Bangkok and in character as Mr. They have a young son named Dave (Albert Tsai) and a teenage daughter, Molly (Krista Marie Su), who’s just gotten her driver’s license in the premiere episode, pushing Dad’s protective instincts into unfunny overdrive.

Yes, Jeong is also a real-life physician (he keeps his medical license current during his screen career), and he’s the leading man in ABC’s sitcom Dr. Chow speaking very dirty and saying un-PC things and one of Ed Helm’s best friends had food poisoning. [Ed] called me on my cell asking for medical advice.”

And it became an amazing—I don’t want to say “marketing tool,” which it was—but it really became a great place for the cast and creator Dan Harmon to interact with fans. The costar of the “Hangover” movies and the TV series “Community” says he never intended to give up his day job. “I kind of discovered theater in college. He’s also a loving husband and father with a strange way of showing it, even using a smartphone app to spy on his teenage daughter. “This project is essentially more true to life than anything I’ve ever done,” Jeong says. “I was on a plane where a person had vertigo and was really dizzy, and they were worried that this might be a stroke. I discovered everything late in life so I wasn’t the class clown or anything like that,” he says, seated at a marble-topped table in a coffee bar here. “I loved a good laugh but I think, in a way, being a late bloomer helped me because when I was a kid, I was just trying to get into college and to get good grades. And the stewardess was like, ‘Is there a doctor on the plane?’ And I told the stewardess, I said, ‘I used to be a doctor.’ And she went, ‘Ha ha!

I didn’t have any ambitions in high school to do this whatsoever.” Jeong was felled by the acting virus during his last days of high school. “There was this little performance piece, and I was asked to do it, and kind of stole scenes in that. Dave Foley is so far, given very little to do and Tisha Campbell-Martin is stuck with a character whose primary role seems to be shaking her head at all the dumb things her colleagues do. In fact, it was Tran who encouraged him to forsake his steady job for the far more quixotic laugh factory. “It was scary to quit my day job,” he admits. “I wasn’t sure I could make it.

I said, ‘Well, if it doesn’t work out I could go back in some shape or form.’ I do remember thinking, ‘I don’t know if this will work out.’ But I was really happy when I finally committed to it,” he says. “Entertainment is so fickle,” he shakes his head, “and you just don’t know. And that’s kind of how one should look at life. “I’m not talking about MY day job, but when someone feels stuck, in a rut in their day job — even if you’re making a good living; it’s the same old crap every day.

Do you come home just to be miserable and everything’s really a depressing version of ‘Groundhog Day?’ So I’m spared of that,” says Jeong, who has given up standup for acting. “I think part of me craves stability and part of me craves excitement. My wife’s a doctor and I think the last thing you want is a doctor to take care of you who doesn’t want to do it.” If CBS’s new drama “Code Black” seems graphically real, that’s because part of it is. We hired 30 real trauma nurses who work both off-screen and on-screen,” he says. “And we Taft Hartley’d them … meaning we got them into SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and they can speak. Do what you would do.’ And we’re going to fit our drama in and over and around that. … What we end up with is something that feels incredibly authentic and incredibly real and doesn’t really feel like anything else, nothing that I’ve ever seen before.

It’s also electrifying to make.” John Stamos wanted to break out of the usual “hot guy” roles he’s been playing, and was searching for a juicy a villain to portray when the opportunity arose for him to star in Fox’s new sitcom, “Grandfathered.” “I was actively looking for a show, but something a little edgier,” says Stamos. “I wanted to play a bad guy. I said, ‘That’s a great idea.’ But I did that with Jack Klugman, a show called “You Again,” where I was the son.’ He said, ‘Well, I have one little twist.’ And he was sort of reticent to say it. Executive producer Jose Padilha explains, “(It’s) a Colombian story of this entrepreneur drug dealer who gets incredibly rich, incredibly powerful, and has political ambition. The other team is America, the flip side of this coin — because all the money that was going into cocaine to Colombia corresponds into cocaine going into America.

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