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Eddie Huang-Inspired ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Gets Premiere Date From ABC

The new half hour comedy about an Asian family in the 1990s will debut in February

ABC has finally give the much-anticipated family comedy from Eddie Huang a premiere date. “Fresh Off the Boat” will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at both 8:30 p.m. and 9:31 p.m. It will then premiere in its regular day and time on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.

Inspired by Eddie Huang’s best-selling memoir by the same name, “Fresh Off the Boat” takes place in 1995. It follows 11-year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang), who has just moved to suburban Orlando from D.C.’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu).

The series will take the Tuesday at 8 p.m. slot that canceled “Selfie” once inhabited. It is always a challenging position at the top of the primetime hour as there’s no lead-in to help with viewership, but is a good slot for family-viewing fare.

Currently, NBC has “Parks and Recreation” in the same slot, which also includes Fox’s “MasterChef.” And “Boat” won’t have a new season of “The Voice” to contend with for a couple weeks. In the same timeslot, “Selfie” averaged a 1.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 3.8 million viewers.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, “Fresh Off the Boat” will be executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan (“Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23,” “American Dad!”), who also wrote the pilot. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar also serve as executive producers with Huang serving as a producer.

The last time a broadcast network comedy was fronted by an Asian lead was on ABC, as well. Margaret Cho starred on “All-American Girl” from 1994-1995. The first show to have an Asian lead, however, was Pat Morita’s short-lived 1976 sitcom “Mr. T and Tina,” also on ABC.