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20th TV Executive Reveals Why Disney+ Original ‘American Born Chinese’ Was Canceled – What’s New on Disney Plus

20th TV Executive Reveals Why Disney+ Original ‘American Born Chinese’ Was Canceled – What’s New on Disney Plus

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Disney had canceled the Disney+ Original series, “American Born Chinese,” which is an adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s groundbreaking graphic novel, after one season.

“American Born Chinese” is the story of Jin Wang, an ordinary American teenager whose hopes of “leveling up” his social life are derailed by the arrival of a new foreign exchange student, Wei-Chen Sun. Faced with high school politics, a racist viral meme from a ’90s TV show, and that quirky new boy who follows him everywhere, Jin misses his chance to join the football team and tarnishes his reputation. However, as Jin gets to know Wei-Chen, he discovers that this new kid is the son of the legendary Monkey King, Sun Wukong, from Chinese myth. As Wei-Chen engages Jin in his search for the Fourth Scroll, Jin faces the trials and tribulations of heaven and high school, forcing him to discover his own identity in the process. Told through family, comedy, and action-packed Kung-Fu, Jin learns that his power comes from being himself.

Even though the series featured many of the stars of the Oscar-winning film “Everywhere All at Once” Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan, it wasn’t enough to entice audiences to watch the film.

Recently, Karey Burke, president of 20th Television which created the series, spoke on a panel at the ATX Festival in Texas about the retraction within the company, where she revealed one of the reasons why the series was not renewed for another. season.

“It was well received… it had a premiere at the White House. It found an international audience, which was really lovely, but it couldn’t break through nationally here. »

There may be many reasons why American audiences have not watched “American Born Chinese”. Did the story not appeal to the mass market? Does the name of the series seem political to you? Was he just lost in the shuffle? Did Disney promote it enough?

At one point, more than 600 shows were being created each year, and many in the industry realized this was unsustainable. Over the past year, we’ve seen a major shift in the number of shows made by studios, including Disney, as they all began to cut spending following the worsening pandemic and the launch of services streaming like Disney+.

Karey Burke explained how creating so many shows was causing problems across the industry:

“We are on the other side. I never want to celebrate the loss of opportunity, but I think we’ve all felt the pressure of 600+ TV shows on the market and the inability to get eyes on them. The shows came and went so quickly. It’s hard for the public, it’s not fair for the creators because the platforms don’t have the marketing resources for 600 shows. It feels like a natural and healthy correction. I understand that it’s scary, every time there is a contraction it can be worrying but I look on the bright side of things. I’m optimistic that we’re still going to make a lot of amazing television, we’ll just have more time to do it and more resources to support it.

Roger’s Take: It’s frustrating to learn that “American Born Chinese” was popular internationally, but because the American market wasn’t interested in the series, it was canceled. This highlights the common problem of Disney executives focusing more on the domestic market, sometimes canceling shows before they even have a chance to release internationally. It also doesn’t help that studios cancel shows so quickly if they don’t connect with audiences rather than giving them time to do so and promote them more.

What did you think of Disney’s cancellation of “American Born Chinese”? Let me know on social media!

Source – Deadline


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a child and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney parks around the world and has an extensive collection of Disney films and collectibles. He is the owner of What’s On Disney Plus and DisKingdom. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk