Kore Asian Media http://kore.am Kore Asian Media Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 http://kore.am/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-favicon512-32x32.png Kore Asian Media http://kore.am 32 32 New York Asian Film Festival to Hold First-Ever Winter Showcase http://kore.am/asian-american-nyaff-new-york-asian-film-festival-to-hold-first-ever-winter-showcase/ http://kore.am/asian-american-nyaff-new-york-asian-film-festival-to-hold-first-ever-winter-showcase/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:47 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063143 2018 was a seminal year for Asian American cinema with the wild success of “Crazy Rich Asians” that depicted a fantasy of Asian American life. New York Asian Film Foundation, however, wants to explore the flip-side of the story.

This year, NYAFF will be holding its first-ever winter showcase through two weekends, from Feb. 1-3 to Feb. 8-10, and centered around the theme of “crazy broke Asians.” NYAFF also hosts a summer festival, now in its 18th year. 

The showcase will feature a mix of both contemporary and classic movies from East, South and Southeast Asia, including quintessential kung fu thrillers, comedies and “Miss Baek,” starring the showcase’s ambassador for the year, Korean actress Han Ji-min.

The lineup includes the 2018 film “Miss Baek,” its headlining title. After tirelessly working odd jobs to escape her family’s clutches, Miss Baek (Han Ji-min) meets a young girl whose story scarily mirrors her own. She sets out on a quest to liberate the child from her parents, but is continually thwarted by the girl’s mother. Dealing with dark themes of childhood trauma and the cycle of familial abuse, it’s a surprisingly bleak movie for Han, a well-known K-drama star. Her role in “Miss Baek” won Han the Best Actress honor at South Korea’s 2018 Blue Dragon Awards.

"100 Yen Love" (Spotted Productions)
“100 Yen Love” (Spotted Productions)

Others include “Have a Nice Day,” the 2017 animated dark comedy from Chinese director Liu Jian that follows the story of a young getaway driver after he steals 100 million yuan meant to fund a Korean plastic surgery procedure for his cutthroat boss’s girlfriend. The movie has received praise for Liu’s unique animation style and gritty storylines. “Have a Nice Day” won Best Animation Feature at the 54th Golden Horse Awards.

“The Mystery of Chess Boxing” is a kung fu staple released in 1987 featuring the genius of Taiwanese martial arts director Joseph Kuo. In this movie, a young kung fu novice (Lee Yi Min) sets out on a quest to avenge his father’s death and to defeat the mysterious Ghost-Faced Killer (Mark Long). The film will be shown in its original 35mm format.

The 2014 film “100 Yen Love” is about 32-year-old slacker Ichiko (Sakura Ando), who leads an uninspired life living at home with her parents. After getting into a huge argument with her sister who was forced to move back home after a messy divorce, Ichiko runs away and begins working at the Japanese equivalent of a dollar store. Every day on her way home, she passes a boxing gym and slowly becomes enamored with one of the fighters who encourages her to take up boxing. “100 Yen Love” is a knockout film about the power of love and the importance of self-respect. Ando won the Best Actress award for her role as Ichiko at Japan’s 57th Blue Ribbon Awards.

]]> http://kore.am/asian-american-nyaff-new-york-asian-film-festival-to-hold-first-ever-winter-showcase/feed/ 0 Asian American Creatives Behind 3 Top-Selling Graphic Novels of 2018 http://kore.am/asian-american-top-selling-comics-graphic-novels-saga-monstress-paper-girl/ http://kore.am/asian-american-top-selling-comics-graphic-novels-saga-monstress-paper-girl/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:00:05 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063139 Have you been looking for the next comic book universe to get lost in?

Three graphic novels created by Asian Americans were among the best-selling graphic novels and collections of 2018, according to Diamond Comic Distributors: “Paper Girls,” written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang; “Saga,” written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples; and “Monstress,” written by Marjorie Liu and drawn by Sana Takeda. These stories also all feature Asian Americans (or alien equivalents) as lead characters.

The widely popular “Saga” claims the second and third spots on the list. Created by sci-fi master Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples, “Saga” is an epic space drama that features an alien couple on the run with their infant daughter as they flee authorities from both of their home worlds. “Saga” has not only garnered critical praise for its diverse portrayals of fluid sexuality, gender and race, but has also seen consistent success in sales.

Another Vaughan creation, “Paper Girls,” came in at No. 7. It follows the adventures of four newspaper delivery girls living in ’80s suburban Ohio who accidentally get caught in the crosshairs of an intergalactic conflict between two enemy groups of time-travelling aliens. “Paper Girls”’ vivid color palette and Chiang’s unique drawing style beautifully complement Vaughan’s creative time-bending storyline.

“Monstress,” which won five awards at last year’s Comic-Con, has been described as a literary response to the violence women face in the fantasy genre. Maika Halfwolf, the main character of “Monstress,” is a teenage girl living in a post-apocalyptic world full of demons, monsters and half-animal people like herself. Halfwolf is bent on a revenge quest, meaning “Monstress” is not short on any graphic, violent scenes. The series emphasizes the power of friendship among women and features female characters tackling complex emotional situations. Its daring, unique thematic concepts and eye-catching artistic style earned “Monstress” the 10th spot on the list.

In an industry where Asian American characters have often been overlooked, the success of these series hopefully signals a trend that the future of comic books will be bright with diverse characters and storylines.

]]> http://kore.am/asian-american-top-selling-comics-graphic-novels-saga-monstress-paper-girl/feed/ 0 Hong Chau Joins HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ http://kore.am/asian-american-hong-chau-joins-hbo-tv-watchmen/ http://kore.am/asian-american-hong-chau-joins-hbo-tv-watchmen/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:00:40 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063135 Hong Chau, who is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role in last year’s “Downsizing,” has joined HBO’s upcoming drama “Watchmen,” expected to air sometime this year.

The show, based on a comic series, is “set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws,” according to Deadline, and comes from Damon Lindelof, who co-created “Lost.”

Chau, who is Vietnamese American, will reportedly play Lady T., a new character who is of Vietnamese descent.

She will join a large cast that includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Sara Vickers.

Chau was most recently seen in “Homecoming,” a web thriller series, and will appear in the fantasy adventure film “Artemis Fowl,” out in August, as a fairy who can rejuvenate at will.

]]> http://kore.am/asian-american-hong-chau-joins-hbo-tv-watchmen/feed/ 0 Wins For Sandra Oh, Darren Criss and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ At Critics’ Choice Awards http://kore.am/asian-american-sandra-oh-darren-criss-crazy-rich-asians-critics-choice-win/ http://kore.am/asian-american-sandra-oh-darren-criss-crazy-rich-asians-critics-choice-win/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:50:17 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063132 Sandra Oh and Darren Criss had another big night at the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, while “Crazy Rich Asians” picked up a trophy for Best Comedy.

Just a week after winning her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama, Oh received the Critics’ Choice win in the same category for “Killing Eve.” During her speech, she thanked her co-star Jodie Comer and said being on the show has “been one of the great privileges of my life.”

Criss also picked up another Best Actor in a Limited Series award for playing the serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” “I would like to take this as an opportunity to apologize for any future lackluster performances,” Criss said on stage. “I hope that when that happens, you will remember this moment, because I certainly will.”

“Versace” also won Best Limited Series.

Meanwhile, surrounded by the cast of “Crazy Rich Asians,” producer Nina Jacobson gave an emotional speech, recalling a time when her white bosses would tell her that “white dudes can’t be counted on to identify with anyone who doesn’t look or live like they do.” It was, she said, “a bunch of bullsh-t.”

“Representation is power and our movie, like so many of those nominated today, reminds us that audiences are hungry to see that power redistributed,” Jacobson said.

All three are nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will take place on Jan. 27.

Winners of the Critics’ Choice Awards are determined by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

]]> http://kore.am/asian-american-sandra-oh-darren-criss-crazy-rich-asians-critics-choice-win/feed/ 0 ‘Aquaman’ Passes $1 Billion Mark http://kore.am/aquaman-passes-1-billion-box-office-asian-james-wan-jason-momoa/ http://kore.am/aquaman-passes-1-billion-box-office-asian-james-wan-jason-momoa/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:25:39 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063129 When “Aquaman” first hit theaters, it was met with mixed critical reviews and doubts about its  box office potential. But it looks like this under… fish is beating the odds.

“Aquaman” became the first film in the DC Extended Universe to pass the $1 billion mark on Saturday, leaving its reported $160-200 million budget in the dust.

The film’s success seems to be largely due to its popularity in the international market —  namely in China, where it has earned, to date, $287.3 million.

The film has made $733 million internationally and $287 million domestically for a grand total of $1 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Asian Americans Answer: Is a hotdog a sandwich? http://kore.am/asian-americans-answer-is-a-hotdog-a-sandwich/ http://kore.am/asian-americans-answer-is-a-hotdog-a-sandwich/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:41:40 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063126

“I heard it was a tube steak. Is that the same thing?”

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‘The Masked Singer’ Introduces the Weird, Wacky and Wonderful to American TV http://kore.am/the-masked-singer-american-tv-ken-jeong-twitter-reactions/ http://kore.am/the-masked-singer-american-tv-ken-jeong-twitter-reactions/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:00:23 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063119 This is a show that is equal parts Hollywood, “American Idol,” mystery and fever dream. And it just might be America’s new favorite guessing game.

“The Masked Singer” is Fox’s newest reality singing show based off of the wildly popular Korean TV series “King of Masked Singer.” Over the course of one season, 12 celebrities will compete in one-to-one karaoke face-offs with one another while wearing outrageous disguises designed by Marina Toybina.

The celebrity contestants also use voice synthesizers to further obscure their identities. After the performance, judges are each allowed to ask one question to help them guess the masked entertainer’s identity, which is only revealed upon elimination. Nick Cannon hosts the show while Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong serve as judges.

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, disguised as the hippo, was eliminated in the first week. Last night, Tommy Chong, of “Cheech and Chong,” was revealed as the man behind a very chill pineapple mask, to everyone’s surprise.

The show has been making waves across the internet with wild speculations and reaction gifs aplenty. Here are some Twitter reactions:


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It’s a New Dawn for Dumbfoundead in Latest Music Video http://kore.am/asian-american-rap-dumbfoundead-pink-bleu-dawn-music-video/ http://kore.am/asian-american-rap-dumbfoundead-pink-bleu-dawn-music-video/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:00:33 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063113

Never one to be afraid of change, it seems like “Pink Bleu Dawn” is a sign that “Dummie” is taking things in a new direction.

He released his EP “Cafe Bleu,” which includes “Pink Bleu Dawn,” in November last year.

The music video starts off with Dumbfoundead staggering through the streets of Seoul in a hospital gown, whited-out colored contacts, a heavily bandaged face and a long train of gauze trailing behind him. As the sky behind him slowly transitions from a drab blue-gray to a wild, fuschia pink, he throws off the bandages to embrace the morning.

Dumbfoundead first broke into the West Coast rap scene in the early 2000s and garnered a large online following with his skillfully executed and socially conscious lyrics. In addition to his work in music, he also produces the podcast “Fun With Dumb.”

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Ken Jeong’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Coming On Valentine’s Day http://kore.am/asian-american-ken-jeong-netflix-special-comedy-premiere-release/ http://kore.am/asian-american-ken-jeong-netflix-special-comedy-premiere-release/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:00:33 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063111 Consider your Valentine’s Day planned: Ken Jeong’s Netflix stand-up special is due out Feb. 14.

The show is titled “You Complete Me, Ho,” presumably for his wife Tran Ho, and marks the comedian’s first special with the streaming giant.

In the special, he will touch on his medical career, his family and how he got his start in acting.

Jeong has kept busy since appearing in “Crazy Rich Asians” last year — in addition to several film projects, including as the lead of an upcoming Peter Segal comedy alongside Dave Bautista, he is one of the judges of Fox’s new reality singing competition “The Masked Singer.”

]]> http://kore.am/asian-american-ken-jeong-netflix-special-comedy-premiere-release/feed/ 0 Maya Erskine Relives Middle School in Hulu’s New Adult Comedy ‘PEN15’ http://kore.am/asian-american-maya-erskine-hulus-new-adult-comedy-tv-pen15/ http://kore.am/asian-american-maya-erskine-hulus-new-adult-comedy-tv-pen15/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:36:41 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063107 Hulu’s new R-rated adult comedy “PEN15,” from The Lonely Island, stars Maya Erskine playing a 13-year-old version of herself in the year 2000.

Erskine, alongside her co-writer and co-executive producer Anna Konkle, depicts life in middle school “as it really happened.” Dallas Liu will also appear as Shuji, Maya’s older brother.

Erskine, who is half-Japanese, has been seen in Amazon Studios’ “Betas” and in the FXX comedy series “Man Seeking Woman.”

The series debuts Feb. 8 on Hulu.

Watch the trailer below:

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Dave Bautista Joins ‘Dune’ Remake as The Beast http://kore.am/asian-american-dave-bautista-joins-dune-remake-film-as-the-beast/ http://kore.am/asian-american-dave-bautista-joins-dune-remake-film-as-the-beast/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 21:30:35 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063103 Dave Bautista has joined Legendary’s “Dune” remake, which will be led by “Call Me By Your Name” star Timothée Chamalet.

The original “Dune” film, based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, is a cult-favorite that was directed by David Lynch in 1984.

The story, set in the future, follows rival noble families who control planets throughout the universe as they battle for power and resources.

Chamalet will take on the character Paul Atreides, who was previously played by Kyle MacLachlan, while Bautista will play Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, who is otherwise known as “The Beast.”

Denis Villeneuve will helm the remake. He previously worked with Bautista worked in “Blade Runner 2049.”

Bautista is a former WWE champion who is best known as Drax in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. He will be seen next on-screen in “Avengers: Endgame,” due out in April, and in “My Spy,” an action comedy with Ken Jeong.


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Dev Patel Faces Terror Attacks in ‘Hotel Mumbai’ Trailer http://kore.am/dev-patel-armie-hammer-hotel-mumbai-asian-film-trailer/ http://kore.am/dev-patel-armie-hammer-hotel-mumbai-asian-film-trailer/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:53:07 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063098

“Hotel Mumbai,” Dev Patel’s latest project, is coming to theaters in March.

The film, directed by Anthony Maras and also starring Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs, takes place during the 2008 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

It’s based on “Surviving Mumbai,” a 2009 documentary about the attacks told from the perspectives of those who were present during the siege.

Patel plays Arjun, a hotel waiter who is tasked with protecting the guests, while Hammer is David, an all-American guest who checks in with his wife and newborn baby.

“Hotel Mumbai” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

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“I had one guy who was so mad at me because he thought I was lying about who I was.”


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Join the #OneNation Movement Against Public Charge http://kore.am/join-the-onenation-movement-against-public-charge/ http://kore.am/join-the-onenation-movement-against-public-charge/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:24:36 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063090

One Nation AAPI is leading the charge against a proposed public charge rule in support of immigrant families.

The rule affects individuals who are legally in the U.S. by denying legal permanent residency or temporary visas to those who are deemed “public charge,” or someone who is likely to depend on the government for basic needs that include health care, housing and nutrition assistance.

One Nation urges people to say “no” to public charge, to share their stories and to call or write their representatives.

Visit onenationaapi.com for more information. 


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Mattel to Produce BTS Dolls, Games http://kore.am/mattel-to-produce-bts-kpop-barbie-dolls-games/ http://kore.am/mattel-to-produce-bts-kpop-barbie-dolls-games/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:57:18 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063084 Fans of K-pop superband BTS will soon be able to buy dolls of the seven members.

Mattel, the toy giant behind Barbie, has obtained rights to produce the band’s likeness in dolls, collectible figures and games.

In a tweet, Mattel said it plans to bring “[BTS dolls] to millions around the world.”

The announcement prompted a 9 percent rise in Mattel shares on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

BTS, often dubbed the biggest boyband in the world, is Korea’s top-selling artist.

]]> http://kore.am/mattel-to-produce-bts-kpop-barbie-dolls-games/feed/ 0 Twitter Reacts to Sandra Oh and Darren Criss’ Historic Golden Globes Wins http://kore.am/asian-golden-globes-sandra-oh-darren-criss-twitter-first-wins/ http://kore.am/asian-golden-globes-sandra-oh-darren-criss-twitter-first-wins/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 18:29:45 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063078 History was made Sunday night at the 76th Golden Globes, as Sandra Oh became the first Asian woman to win multiple Golden Globes for her acclaimed turn in “Killing Eve,” and as Darren Criss became the first Filipino actor, and the third youngest in the category, to win a Golden Globe when he accepted the Best Actor in a Limited Series award for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

The night arguably belonged to Oh, who co-hosted with Andy Samberg — together, they tried to kill their audience with wholesome kindness — and picked up the trophy for Best Actress in a TV Drama, becoming the first Asian woman to win in the category in 38 years.

“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight, because I wanted to be here, to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said in an emotional closing to the monologue. “I’m not fooling myself. Next year it could be different. It probably will be. But right now this moment is real. Trust me, it’s real. Because I see you, and I see you, all these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”

Later, during her award acceptance speech, she acknowledged her parents, bowing to them in Korean with an “I love you.”

Criss, who won his first Emmy for his leading role as the serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “Versace” last year, also gave a shout-out to his mother during his speech. “As we’ve seen, it’s been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood,” he said. “I’m so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipina woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this.”

Twitter, of course, blew up:


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We Asked Asian Celebs to Sing Their Go-To Karaoke Songs http://kore.am/asian-american-celebs-sing-their-go-to-karaoke-songs/ http://kore.am/asian-american-celebs-sing-their-go-to-karaoke-songs/#respond Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:30:52 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063075

“I can show you the woooorld…”


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‘Killing Eve’ Is Coming Back For Season 2 In April http://kore.am/asian-tv-sandra-oh-killing-eve-is-coming-back-season-2-in-april/ http://kore.am/asian-tv-sandra-oh-killing-eve-is-coming-back-season-2-in-april/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 21:40:14 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063070 It’s official! BBC America’s “Killing Eve” is coming back for a second season on April 7.

Last season, we were introduced to Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI6 operative who begins a cat-and-mouse chase with sociopathic serial killer Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer). In the season finale, we were left with a cliffhanger after Eve stabbed Villanelle.

“Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead,” the synopsis for the second season says. “With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does…but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.”

The series garnered critical acclaim upon its debut last year, and has seen Oh nominated for several honors — including from the Golden Globes, the Emmys, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the SAG Awards — for her role.

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BLACKPINK, Hyukoh To Perform at Coachella http://kore.am/kpop-asian-indie-blackpink-hyukoh-to-perform-at-coachella/ http://kore.am/kpop-asian-indie-blackpink-hyukoh-to-perform-at-coachella/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:11:41 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063064 BLACKPINK is about to hit Coachella with that ddu-du ddu-du — the K-pop girl group, as well as Korean indie act Hyukoh, have been announced as a part of the music and arts festival’s 2019 lineup.

After debuting in 2016, the four-member BLACKPINK quickly became one of K-pop’s top acts, with hits like “Boombayah” and most recently “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.” The latter, released in July, spawned a record for most-viewed Korean music video on YouTube in 24 hours, with 36.2 million views (it now sits at 582 million.)

Hyukoh, another four-member band, is best known through their hit song “Wi Ing Wi Ing.”

BLACKPINK will be the first K-pop girl group to perform at the event, which takes place April 12 to 21. The last major Korean act at Coachella was Epik High in 2016.

This year’s headlining acts are Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande, and also include Anderson .Paak and H.E.R.

]]> http://kore.am/kpop-asian-indie-blackpink-hyukoh-to-perform-at-coachella/feed/ 0 Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni Are Heaven’s Employees In ‘Miracle Workers’ Trailer http://kore.am/asian-american-geraldine-viswanathan-karan-soni-miracle-workers-trailer/ http://kore.am/asian-american-geraldine-viswanathan-karan-soni-miracle-workers-trailer/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:00:32 +0000 http://kore.am/?p=5063058

Steve Buscemi is… God?

He is in TBS’ upcoming series “Miracle Workers,” set to debut Feb. 12. The show makes a workplace comedy out of heaven (or, via the show, Heaven Inc.), and miracle workers out of its angels.

The cast, led by Daniel Radcliffe as a low-level angel named Craig, and Geraldine Viswanathan as Eliza, also includes Karan Soni as Sanjay, God’s assistant.

Eliza is assigned to the Department of Answered Prayers, where Craig has tried — and failed — to handle all of humanity’s prayers. Together, they set out to help two humans fall in love. Meanwhile, God “has pretty much checked out and is ready to move on to his next project,” according to TBS.

Viswanathan is best known for playing Kayla, a teenager set on losing her virginity, in last year’s comedy film “Blockers.” Soni is most recognizable as Dopinder, Deadpool’s cab driver, in the “Deadpool” franchise.

The series is based on the book “What in God’s Name” by Simon Rich.


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