“Fresh Off the Boat” might expand with a spinoff on ABC as the original series enters into its sixth season. The new show will reportedly feature a new immigrant family and will be steered by writer and producer Rachna Fruchbom.
The “Fresh Off the Boat” spinoff is still in its early stages and doesn’t have a title just yet. Also involved in the development of the new show are executive producers Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar.
The news comes as “Fresh Off the Boat” season 6 is speculated to be its last run, per Deadline. The cast will have their contracts completed after this upcoming season.
But Constance Wu sparked controversy last May because she had a social media meltdown when the series was renewed. The actress apparently had planned on other projects and did not expect “Fresh Off the Boat” to be renewed for season 6. ABC entertainment president Karey Burke that this was sorted out.
“I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job,” Wu explained regarding her meltdown, per TV Line.
“We have ongoing conversations with the producers of Fresh Off the Boat, and it was made clear to us very early on that everyone took Constance at her word…that she was apologetic for what she had said,” Burke told the press, per TV Line. “I’ve heard nothing but enthusiasm for everyone to get back to work.”
“Fresh Off the Boat” has begun production this week and Wu is expected to be at the table read.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is set in the early 1990s and features an immigrant family from Asia. The series also stars Randall Park, Hudson Hang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Song, Chelsey Crisp and Ray Wise. The show was created by Nahnatchka Khan and is loosely based on the book written by Eddie Huang based on his life as a Taiwanese American living in Florida.