ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat” is reportedly at risk of getting canceled, so lead actor Randall Park is appealing to fans to help save the show.
Park, who plays Louis Huang, patriarch of the show’s Chinese American family, made his appeal via a video included in a poll spearheaded by USA Today. The publication’s survey listed 30 television shows — “Fresh Off The Boat” included — that are in danger of being canceled.
“Fans really love ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ because it’s a great show. It’s a show with a lot of heart and it’s hilarious,” said Park, pleading with viewers to vote in order to save the show.
Fans who wish to participate can cast their votes in USA Today‘s poll and tweet their message to ABC at @ABCNetwork with the hashtag #SaveFOTB.
— AAPIs on TV (@AAPIsOnTV) April 5, 2018
ABC don’t you take away our asian family! #saveFOTB
— Connor (@MaleMulan) April 5, 2018
— – (@rentenchili) April 6, 2018
— Mary Schultz (@Jeneverre) April 5, 2018
NOOOO!!! @ABCNetwork you cannot cancel @FreshOffABC !! Really? In this day and age you’re going to risk the backlash this will have at canceling a show that has mainstream Asian representation!? #saveFOTB https://t.co/4N8FqDPCa3 via @asamnews
— Michele (@JustALilLost) April 5, 2018
— Michael T. Nguyen (@LumpenFM) April 6, 2018
“Fresh Off The Boat”, which became the first show to feature an Asian American family since Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl” back in 1994, was an instant hit when it first came out in 2015. However, it has recently seen a significant drop in the ratings, losing about 13% of its audience from the 18-49 demographic in its latest season.
Created by Nahnatchka Khan, “Fresh Off The Boat” is loosely inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book of the same name.