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All-American Girl (TV Series 1994–1995) Poster

(1994–1995)

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This show became famous for Margaret Cho's battle with ABC executives which ended in the show's cancellation and her subsequent health problems. Cho used her own material but executives kept making changes in an effort to boost ratings but resulted in bad critical reviews which commented on the show's constant shift in tone and characters. Cho later said that she was approached by the network to drop a great deal of weight in a very short time. She was also told that she was not acting Asian enough which resulted in the hiring of an Asian consultant. All the Asian characters were dropped from the show in order to make Cho stand out but then Cho was accused of acting too Asian. These constant changes led to the show being canceled after only one season. After the show was canceled Cho suffered kidney failure due to the rapid weight loss and spiraled into drug and alcohol addiction. She eventually got clean and her problems with the show has become material for her stand-up act.
Though the series is about a Korean-American family, Cho was the only actual Korean-American in the cast. Clyde Kusatsu and Amy Hill are Japanese-American. BD Wong and J.B. Quon are Chinese-American. Jodi Long is an American of Japanese and Chinese descent.
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According to Cho, ABC executives suggested "East Meets West" and "Wok On the Wild Side" for the show's title.
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Amy Hill is only 15 years older than Margaret Cho who plays her granddaughter.
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