by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
Following the rising success of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Canadian television network CBC has picked up a new single-camera comedy based on Ins Choi’s 2011 award-winning play Kim’s Convenience.
Kim’s Convenience tells the story of Mr. Kim, a first-generation Korean immigrant who runs a convenience store in the Toronto neighborhood of Regent Park. As the community quickly gentrifies, Kim is offered a large sum of money to sell his business. The fiery patriarch, however, sees the store as his legacy and desperately tries to recruit his daughter Janet, an aspiring photographer, to take over the business. Meanwhile, his wife secretly meets their estranged son Jung, who has not contacted his father in sixteen years.
Choi’s debut play received high acclaim and won several awards, including the Best New Play award at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival and two Toronto Theatre Critics awards in 2012.
Developed by Thunderbird Films and Soulpepper Theatre, the TV adaptation of Kim’s Convenience will air on CBC for the 2015-2016 season, along with 10 other original series. Choi will co-write the adaptation with writer Kevin White.
H/T Angry Asian Man. Featured image by Bruce Monk/CBC.