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Global Bulletin: BBC Scores ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’

Global Bulletin: BBC Scores ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’
In today’s Global Bulletin, the BBC picks up Awkwafina’s latest series, Tove Lo preps her acting debut, HBO Nordics and Australia’s ABC make executive hires, Conecta Fiction Reboot and Mip Cancun share details for their updated events, and Banijay closes a first-look deal with U.K. production company Nineteen11.

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BBC Three has picked up comedy series “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” from ViacomCBS International Studios and will make it available to stream exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the U.K. later this year.

The 10-part series stars the popular actor-rapper Awkwafina, a Golden Globe winner for her work in “The Farewell,” and is based on her own real-life story growing up in Queens, New York. It co-stars “SNL” alum Bowen Yang, Bd Wong (“Mr Robot”) and Lori Tann Chinn (“Orange is the New Black”).

Lucia Aniello, Natasha Lyonne and Steven K. Tsuchida direct the series, produced
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’: BBC Three Picks Up Comedy Central Show

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’: BBC Three Picks Up Comedy Central Show
The BBC’s youth streaming service BBC Three has acquired the first season of Comedy Central’s hit scripted comedy Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.

The 10-part series will land on BBC Three later this year and is headlined by Awkwafina, who stars in Crazy Rich Asians and won a Golden Globe in January for her role in The Farewell.

The show is inspired by her real-life growing up in Queens, New York. Raised by her Dad (Bd Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora Lin leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens was renewed for a second season before the first even premiered on Comedy Central. It became a big hit for the ViacomCBS network, with its season finale drawing record ratings.

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens is produced by Comedy Central.
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‘The Other Two’ & ‘South Side’ Move To HBO Max, Streamer Nabs ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ SVOD Rights In Comedy Central Prods. Deal

‘The Other Two’ & ‘South Side’ Move To HBO Max, Streamer Nabs ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ SVOD Rights In Comedy Central Prods. Deal
HBO Max has struck a programming deal with Comedy Central for three of its original live-action series.

Under the pact, praised Comedy Central comedies The Other Two and South Side will migrate to the WarnerMedia platform and become HBO Max originals, starting with their upcoming second seasons. Additionally, HBO Max has become the exclusive streaming home to Comedy Central’s hit semi-autobiographical comedy Awkawfina is Nora from Queens, headlined by The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina.

Comedy Central has been pairing down its live-action comedy slate while shifting its programming focus on adult animation, tapping into IP across ViacomCBS to build an original animated slate around stalwart South Park. In the past couple of months, the network has greenlighted Beavis and Butt-Head and The Ren & Stimpy Show reboots as well as Daria spinoff Jodie. Comedy Central’s remaining live-action lineup consists of a couple of series, led by Awkawfina,
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Season Finale Draws Record Ratings In Live+3

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Season Finale Draws Record Ratings In Live+3
Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens has ended its first season on a high note. The March 25 season 1 finale scored season highs among M18-34 and P18-34 in Live+3, according to Comedy Central and Nielsen.

Viewers staying home amid the coronavirus crisis are being credited with contributing to the season finale seeing an 8% rise (.54) from the previous week (.49) in L+3, the network says.

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens wrapped its season as the No. 1 freshman cable comedy series among M18-49, and boasts the most-followed season 1 premiere across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the last three years with over 111,000 followers.
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Draws 3.8 Million Total Views In Live+3

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Draws 3.8 Million Total Views In Live+3
The Live+3 numbers for the premiere for Awkwafina is Nora From Queens are in and it’s very good news for Comedy Central. The January 22 debut episode of the series starring Awkwafina drew 3.8 million total viewers including replays, streaming and premiere simulcast across seven Viacom networks in L+3. The premiere episode is the network’s best primetime series launch in more than three years, with a .56 P18-49 rating, up 79% from L+Sd and 818,000 total viewers, up 67% from L+Sd.

The premiere episode was up 155% among Asian viewers (1.32 L+3) and up 100% among Women 18-49 (.59) in L+3. Among P18-34, the premiere episode drew a .45 rating, up 54% from L+Sd, and among Woman 18-34, the debut episode drew a .52 rating, up 88% from L+Sd.

On social media, Nora From Queens was the #1 most social primetime cable comedy of the night with 39,000 social interactions across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, making it Comedy
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Scores Highest-Rated New Series Premiere In Three Years For Comedy Central

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Scores Highest-Rated New Series Premiere In Three Years For Comedy Central
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, which already has landed an early second season renewal, has scored for Comedy Central. The premiere episode drew a .31 rating among Adults 18-49 and 489,000 total viewers for its January 22 debut, the network’s highest-rated season one premiere since 2017. Among Women 18-49, the premiere is Comedy Central’s best in primetime since 2016. The .31 rating is 59% better than the next most recent new-series launch (South Side), and 33% better than The Other Two’s series premiere a year ago, according to Nielsen and Comedy Central.

Additionally, the series premiere was up double digits compared to the prior four-week period in all key demos. In P18-49, it drew a .31 rating, up 23%; M18-49 (.33) +11%; W18-49 (.30) up 40%; P18-34 (.29) up 19%; P25-54 (.39) up 48%. Total viewership of 489,000 was an increase of 59% over the previous four-week period.

The premiere episode also did well on social media. It ranked as the No.
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Review: Comedy Central Series Is as Awkward as Its Title

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Review: Comedy Central Series Is as Awkward as Its Title
One year since the final season of “Broad City” debuted, Comedy Central is releasing its heir apparent. “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” makes a few tweaks to the formula, including a singular borough (rather than Queens and Brooklyn), a singular lead (Awkwafina steps in for the double act of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson), and a familial backdrop over a singular friendship. But the new comedy is still about a wonderfully weird young woman sifting through her stagnant twenties, trying to find a direction for her life as she snags odd jobs, gets high, and lives as large as possible on a tight budget.

Setting aside the comparison, which does “Nora From Queens” zero favors, there are still nagging problems that hinder even Awkwafina’s awkward charms. Nora’s arcs are thin and change sporadically, while the bloated editing can’t capture the zany comedic energy it’s chasing. Fans
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Review: A Star in Search of Herself

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Review: A Star in Search of Herself
In the summer of 2018, Awkwafina exploded onto movie screens with scene-hijacking turns in Ocean’s Eight and Crazy Rich Asians. She seemed the kind of force of nature, akin to Robin Williams or Melissa McCarthy, who was so full of comic life, she could not only generate laughs out of thin air, but often shone brightest when left alone onscreen. Still, there were moments in both of those films — particularly the Crazy Rich Asians sequence where her character and Nico Santos’ help Constance Wu’s Rachel get dressed up for the
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Picked Up For Season 2 on Comedy Central

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Picked Up For Season 2 on Comedy Central
Comedy Central has ordered a second season of “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” ahead of the coming-of-age comedy’s series premiere on January 22.

The announcement continues what has been an especially busy January for actress and rapper Nora “Awkwafina” Lum, who received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress earlier in the month for “The Farewell.” Awkwafina, series co-stars Bd Wong, Bowen Yang, Lori Tan Chinn, and executive producers Lucia Aniello, Karey Dornetto, and Teresa Hsiao took the stage at the Television Critics 20202 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena Tuesday morning to discuss the upcoming series, Asian representation in entertainment, and Awkwafina’s reactions to her Oscars snub earlier in the week.

While Awkwafina has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom due to her musical work and in appearances in films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” her upcoming Comedy Central series, which she also executive produced, promises a relatable and self-deprecating
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Awkwafina Talks Oscar Snub & More At ‘Nora From Queens’ Panel – TCA

Awkwafina Talks Oscar Snub & More At ‘Nora From Queens’ Panel – TCA
Just a day after the Oscar snub for her Golden Globe winning performance in Lulu Wang’s critically acclaimed film The Farewell, Awkwafina couldn’t escape the topic even though she was at TCA to discuss the new Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.

Awkwafina said that after the Academy Award nominations were revealed, The Farewell family had a couple of text exchanges, but that overall she’s just grateful for the journey. “We appreciated the run of the film since it came out last January at Sundance and all the attention it’s gotten,” Awkwafina said. She points out that all the Oscar nominations were warranted, with incredible films this year — specifically, ones helmed by women (including The Farewell). Nonetheless, Awkwafina said, “I feel very grateful where we’ve come from.”

Awkwafina is now embarking on a new TV journey with her show Nora From Queens, which
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Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead of Premiere

Comedy Central isn’t bidding farewell to Awkwafina anytime soon.

More than a week before it’s set to premiere, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens has been renewed for a second season, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. The half-hour scripted series, which debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30/9:30c, is inspired by the actress’ own life growing up in Queens, N.Y.

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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Renewed for Season 2 at Comedy Central

Comedy Central has given a second-season pickup to the comedy “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” ahead of the show’s series premiere, the network announced Tuesday.

Led by newly minted Golden Globe-winner Awkwafina, the comedy is set to premiere on Jan. 22. Inspired by the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Farewell” star’s real life years growing up in Queens, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” centers on Nora Lin as she leans on her family and navigates young adulthood in outer borough New York City.

Bd Wong, Lori Tan Chinn and Bowen Yang also star. Season 1’s long list of guest stars includes Celia Au, Michelle Buteau, Laverne Cox, Natasha Lyonne, Harry Shum Jr., Ming-Na Wen and Jaboukie Young-White.

Also Read: Awkwafina to Star in and Produce Film on California Punk Rock Scene at Topic Studios

“We are in awe of Awkwafina’s creative genius on every level and we could
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Renewed For Season 2 By Comedy Central – TCA

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Renewed For Season 2 By Comedy Central – TCA
Comedy Central has given an early season 2 renewal to Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, ahead of series of its January 22 series premiere. The renewal was announced Tuesday as part of Comedy Central’s presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour.

The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina headlines the half-hour scripted comedy inspired by her real-life growing up in Queens, NY. Raised by her Dad (Bd Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora Lin leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.

“We are in awe of Awkwafina’s creative genius on every level and we could not be more excited to embark on a season two with the entire Lin family in Awkwafina is Nora From Queens,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Co-Heads of Original Content.

Just last week, Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian-American
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‘Awkwafina is Nora From Queens’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead of Series Premiere

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‘Awkwafina is Nora From Queens’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead of Series Premiere
Awkwafina’s semi-autobiographical comedy “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” has been renewed for a second season ahead of its series debut, Comedy Central announced Tuesday.

The series, which is inspired by Awkwafina’s real-life growing up in Queens. N.Y., centers on her character, Nora Lin, who lives at home with her dad (Bd Wong) and grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn). Bowen Yang also stars as her cousin.

“We are in awe of Awkwafina’s creative genius on every level and we could not be more excited to embark on a season two with the entire Lin family in ‘Awkwafina is Nora From Queens,’” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, co-Heads of original content, Comedy Central.

The series is executive produced by Awkwafina (nee Nora Lum), Karey Dornetto, Lucia Aniello, Teresa Hsiao, Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First. Sarah Babineau and Rachel Olson are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
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Awkwafina Has Some Serious Adulting to Do in ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Trailer (Video)

Awkwafina Has Some Serious Adulting to Do in ‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Trailer (Video)
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens in the trailer for Comedy Central’s upcoming series, “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens,” a girl who has a lot of growing up to do, even though she’s already a grown-up.

Released on Monday, the sneak peek gives fans a look at the half-hour scripted comedy, which is loosely based on Awkwafina’s (real name Nora Lum) real-life growing up in Flushing, New York. Raised by her dad (Bd Wong) and grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.

Along with the trailer and premiere date, Comedy Central also unveiled the show’s Season 1 guest stars, which includes Celia Au, Matthew Broussard, Michelle Buteau, Jamie Chung, Laverne Cox, Deborah S. Craig, Makeda Declet, Jennifer Esposito, Chrissie Fit, Chris Gethard, Bella Heathcote, Carmen M. Herlihy, Stephanie Hsu, David Krumholtz,
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‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ in Comedy Central’s Official Trailer

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ in Comedy Central’s Official Trailer
On Monday, Comedy Central released the official trailer for “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens,” the highly-anticipated sitcom created by and starring rapper-actress Awkwafina.

Inspired by Awkwafina’s real-life experiences growing up in Flushing, Queens, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” follows twentysomething Nora Lin (Awkwafina) as she attempts to find a purpose in her life and clumsily navigate her way through young adulthood. All while she still lives with her dad (Bd Wong) and possibly over-supportive grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn).

In the trailer, which you can watch below, Nora sobs as she confides in her friend Chenise (Makeda Declet). “I wish I had purpose like you, you dumb b****,” she cries. So it’s time for Nora to find a suitable job, but if it were just that easy, Nora wouldn’t exactly be where she is now. After all, as she tells her cousin (Bowen Yang), she doesn’t even know her social security number.
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SXSW: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters And Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr Added As Keynotes

South by Southwest has unveiled additional keynote and featured speakers who will be attending the 34th edition of the conference which will be taking place March 13-22. Songwriter, musician and Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters and producer, director and writer Erin Lee Carr have been set as keynotes for the Austin confab.

Legendary musician Waters composed Pink Floyd’s album, including seminal titles The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Waters also produced, co-directed and co-wrote Roger Waters: The Wall, a personal road trip that deals with the loss that he has felt throughout his life due to war. In June 2018, Waters filmed Us + Them live show, a story of human rights, liberty and love, in Amsterdam. Us + Them is a story of human rights, liberty and love.

Carr directed the USA gymnastics scandal documentary At the Heart of Gold as well
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Awkwafina’s Comedy Central Series Gets A Title; Directors Set

Awkwafina’s Comedy Central Series Gets A Title; Directors Set
Awkwafina’s upcoming Comedy Central series has a title. The Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell actor will star in Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, which is based loosely on her life.

The half-hour scripted comedy is about Nora Lum (Awkwafina’s real name), a young woman growing up in Flushing, raised by her dad (Bd Wong) and grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang). Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer-borough New York City.

Production is underway in NYC for a January premiere on Comedy Central.

The cable net also revealed Monday a slew of directors who will work on the series: Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Lucia Aniello (Broad City), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), The Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Steven Tsuchida (Younger) and Anu Valia (The Other Two).

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens is executive produced by Awkwafina/Lum,
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Natasha Lyonne Among Directors on Awkwafina Comedy Central Series

Natasha Lyonne Among Directors on Awkwafina Comedy Central Series
Natasha Lyonne has been named as one of the directors on the forthcoming Awkwafina-led series which is currently in production at Comedy Central. The network has also unveiled a title for the series: “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens.”

“Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” is a half-hour scripted comedy loosely based on Awkwafina’s (Nora Lum) real life growing up in Flushing. Raised by her dad (Bd Wong) and grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), the series centers on Nora who leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.

The “Russian Doll” star will direct alongside Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”), Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader”), Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (“Swiss Army Man”), Steven Tsuchida (“Younger”) and Anu Valia (“The Other Two”). The series is slated to premiere on Comedy Central in Jan. 2020.

The show is executive produced by Lum,
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Awkwafina’s Comedy Central Series Gets a Title – Will Debut in January 2020

Comedy Central has given a title to its upcoming scripted series starring Awkwafina.

The series will be called “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.”

The half-hour scripted comedy is loosely based on Awkwafina’s (real name Nora Lum) real-life growing up in Flushing, which is a section of Queens. Raised by her Dad (Bd Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-nyc.

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The network also announced that Natasha Lyonne, Lucia Aniello, Jamie Babbit, The Daniels, Steven Tsuchida and Anu Valia will direct episodes of the series, which will debut in January 2020.

Awkwafina co-wrote the Lucia Aniello-directed pilot with Karey Dornetto and Teresa Hsiao. Awkwafina, Dornetto, Aniello are executive producers alongside Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First. Hsiao is co-executive producer,
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