Awkwafina’s sitcom has already scored a season 2 renewal despite not having aired a single episode yet, reports the Hollywood Reporter. “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” is set to premiere on January 22 on Comedy Central but it no longer has to worry about getting a second season green light. But unlike her co-star in “Crazy Rich Asians,” Constance Wu, Awkwafina hasn’t thrown a fit about her television show getting renewed. Which is good and bad considering it was fun seeing an Asian American actress meltdown over good news.
“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,” the co-heads of originals at Comedy Central, Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen said in a statement.
The sitcom was inspired by Awkwafina’s real-life growing up in Queens, New York. Besides Awkwfina, the show stars BD Wong as her father, Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother, and Bowen Yang as her cousin. The show revolves around Awkwafina in her twenties who still lives in her father’s home as she tries to figure out what she wants to do in life.
The show was picked up by Comedy Central several years ago but after “Crazy Rich Asians” took off, the station shortly green-lit it.
“The pilot changed a lot but there was always this one thread: Nora is where a lot of us find ourselves in our 20s,” Awkwafina told the New York Times. “What’s next? Do you find success and suddenly it fixes everything? No, life is an open-ended question. That gave it room to grow into something we didn’t imagine at the time.”
With all her success, many have wondered if she will drop her nickname. In the interview with the New York Times, she was asked if she will drop her nickname and go with her birth name Nora Lum considering her massive success. But Awkwafina said she has no plans to retire the name just yet.
“I don’t see it right now,” she said. “That’s not to say that it’s not a possibility. I created Awkwafins when I was a kid. What she represents to me is more than a persona …
“But as I’ve grown older I’ve come to really be grateful for that name and what I’ve seen it written on.
“To see her name on a chair back or on a call sheet, that means a lot to me. I don’t think that I could shed her right now.”