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‘Vulnerability is weakness’: the ‘House of Ho’ cast on Asian masculinity, filial piety and a new gen of Asian Americans

The Ho family returns for their second season after an almost two-year hiatus, promising more Hos and a ho’ lot of drama.

Centered around a wealthy Vietnamese American family based in Houston, Texas, HBO Max’s reality TV series “House of Ho” gives viewers an intimate glimpse into the opulent lives of immigrants who have achieved the American Dream. Viewers may be surprised, however, to discover that the Ho family deals with the same issues that many average Asian Americans deal with in their own lives, some of which stem from cultural dissonance. Disagreements about how children should be raised, differences in the treatment of sons and daughters and the pressures placed upon them by their parents well into adulthood are just a few sources of drama viewers can expect to see and possibly relate to while observing the Ho family.

‘Tokyo Vice’ starring Ken Watanabe and Ansel Elgort renewed for Season 2 by HBO Max

  • “Tokyo Vice” has been officially confirmed for a second season by HBO Max.
  • Starring Ken Watanabe and Ansel Elgort, “Tokyo Vice” is a crime drama series based on American journalist Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir.
  • The release date for the second season has yet to be announced.

“Tokyo Vice,” the HBO Max crime drama series based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir, has been officially renewed for a second season. 

The show’s renewal was confirmed by the streaming service, with show creator J.T. Rogers stating, “I’m over the moon that we get to keep going. I can’t wait to get back to work in Tokyo with our brilliant cast and crew. Stay tuned: there are twists and turns in the tale to come.” 

HBO Max, Cartoon Network release images from set of ‘American Girl: Corinne Tan’ live-action special

  • HBO Max and Cartoon Network released the first images from the set of a live-action special based on Corinne Tan, the first Chinese American character to join Girl of the Year, American Girl’s popular annual doll lineup.
  • One of the images shows Miya Cech and her real-life sister Kai Cech wearing matching outfits with their Corinne and Gwynn American Girl doll counterparts.
  • The 60-minute special, which currently has the working title of “American Girl: Corinne Tan,” will follow Corrine as she and Gwynn face their parents' divorce and navigate life with their new blended family.
  • The special will premiere on Cartoon Network in December before being made available on HBO Max the following day.

HBO Max and Cartoon Network have released the first images from the set of a new live-action special based on Corinne Tan, Mattel’s American Girl 2022 Girl of the Year.

Announced earlier this month, the 60-minute special currently has the working title of “American Girl: Corinne Tan.” Miya Cech will portray the 13-year-old ski enthusiast, while her real-life sister, Kai Cech, will play Corinne’s 10-year-old sister Gwynn.

Mindy Kaling says she doesn’t care about backlash against South Asian Velma in new Scooby-Doo spinoff

  • Mindy Kaling, executive producer of the animated Scooby-Doo spinoff “Velma,” addressed critics while giving audiences a first look at the series.
  • "Nobody ever complained about a talking dog solving mysteries so I don’t think they’ll be upset over a brown Velma," Kaling said.
  • When the reimagined Velma was first announced, some criticized the character as perpetuating the Asian nerd stereotype, while others opposed deviating from the character being white.
  • Last year, Kaling addressed the controversy on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers,” noting how she would have to “be careful” discussing the character after seeing how it upset people online.

Mindy Kaling couldn’t be bothered by what critics have to say about her upcoming HBO Max animated Scooby-Doo spinoff “Velma.” 

During the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation on Wednesday, Kaling, an executive producer on the show, gave viewers a first look at the series before addressing some of the backlash that followed news that the titular character would be reimagined as a brown woman. 

Former Stray Kids member Kim Woo-jin to lead upcoming HBO Max original series set in Brazil

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  • Kim Woo-jin, a former member of K-pop boy group Stray Kids, will be HBO Max’s first-ever Korean lead for an upcoming series called “Alem do Guarda-Roupa” (“Beyond the Wardrobe.”)
  • The fantasy-romance series centers around a teenage girl named Carol who finds Kim’s character Kyung-min, a prickly member of a fictional boy group called Act, via a magic portal in a closet.
  • Carol is played by Korean Brazilian actor Sharon Blanche.
  • The series is scheduled for release sometime next year.
  • Kim left the JYP Entertainment boy group Stray Kids in 2019 and was later accused by several women online of sexual harassment. Kim and his agency 10x Entertainment deny all allegations and are conducting investigations.

Kim Woo-jin, a former member of K-pop boy band Stray Kids, will lead in HBO Max’s original series “Alem do Guarda-Roupa” (“Beyond the Wardrobe”) set in São Paulo, Brazil. This makes Kim the first Korean actor in a lead role for an HBO Max series. 

The fantasy-romance series is about a teenage girl named Carol, played by Korean Brazilian actor Sharon Blanche, who finds a portal in a closet that leads her to Kim’s character, a grouchy K-pop idol named Kyung-min from the fictional boy group Act.

Lisa Ling explores America from inside the country’s Asian restaurant kitchens in new HBO Max show

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  • Released today on HBO Max, “Take Out with Lisa Ling” is a six-episode docuseries focused on Asian food and Asian American history.
  • The show follows the award-winning journalist as she travels across the country and meets restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds.
  • Ling co-executive produced the show with Helen Cho and David Shadrack Smith.

Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling’s new docuseries on Asian cuisines and their histories across the U.S. debuts on HBO Max today.

“Take Out with Lisa Ling,” which consists of six episodes, follows Ling’s journey across the U.S. to meet restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds. For the first time, they are able to share their personal stories to a wide audience.