Did Constance Wu Want ‘Fresh off the Boat’ to Get Cancelled?
The announcement came down from the network that there will not be a seventh season of the show, “Fresh Off The Boat.” Some fans are upset that the longest-running sitcom about Asian-Americans is ending but could the show’s star, Constance Wu secretly be thrilled?
ABC confirmed the news that the show is ending and said the finale will air on February 21. The cancelation of the show is no shocker, the production has faced declining ratings in recent years despite the network moving the show from Tuesday to Friday as part of their “TGIF” programming block, according to Vulture.
Is Constance Happy?
The show was marred with controversy shortly after the announcement was made that the sixth season was renewed. Constance tweeted her thoughts and many believe that she was not happy the show would go on.
“F–ing hell,” the star tweeted when the show was picked up. Shocked fans were not sure about Wu’s tone and left messages of congratulations in her comments. “Congrats on your renewal! Great news :),” one fan wrote but Constance quickly replied, “No it’s not.”
In another tweet, the star exclaimed, “So upset right now I’m literally crying. Ugh. F–.” After the outburst, the star posted a lengthy statement and explained that she felt “conflicted” about the renewal. Wu said that she was “temporarily upset… not [because] I hate the show, but [because] its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about.”
Her Movie Career Has Taken Off
The writing was on the wall that the show’s chances at a seventh season were doomed because the cast’s contracts only lasted until the end of the sixth season, according to Deadline.
Many industry people did not think that Wu would want to return to the show based on her recent success on the big screen. Constance made a huge splash when she starred in the film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” She followed that success with another when she starred alongside Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Lizzo in the 2019 movie, “Hustlers.”
Earlier this year, “Fresh Off The Boat’s” creator, Nahnatchka Khan, left 20th Century Fox, the company that produces the show, and stuck a deal with Universal TV, Deadline reported. Maybe the chemistry was not the same after the creator split and Wu did not seem thrilled to continue.
There Is Always A Spin-off
ABC and 20th Century Fox are developing a spin-off series that would feature an Indian family as they adjust to American culture. Deadline reports the show has the working title of “Magic Motor Inn,” and will feature Bollywood star Preity G Zinta and Indian comedian, ** Vir Das**. The project is being written by “Fresh Off The Boat” writer-producer, Rachna Fruchbom.
“We couldn’t be prouder of this game-changing show and the impact it has had on our cultural landscape. The success of Fresh Off the Boat has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry. Nahnatchka Khan and her brilliant creative team have created an unforgettable series with an Asian-American family front and center, something that hadn’t been done in two decades. The cast, led by Randall Park and Constance Wu, is one of the finest and funniest on television. We’ll miss the Huang family and are eternally grateful for the incredibly heartfelt stories they have told these past six seasons,” Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment said.