Last week brought the Oscar nominations announcement, and the high-profile snubs of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo shined a bright light on the lack of diversity within the Academy, which, despite being led by its first African American female president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, is still 93 percent white and 76 percent male. Let’s not even go into the dearth of Asian/Asian American representation.
That said, there were a few highlights: in the Best Animated Feature category, nominees included “Big Hero 6,” voiced by notable Asian American talents Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, and Jamie Chung, and Japan’s Studio Ghibli film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”
The Academy Awards will air on February 22, 2015. In the meantime, what to watch this week:
“Man Seeking Woman” — The Lorne Michaels-produced FXX fantasy comedy premiered last week, and Jay Barachel stars as a recently-dumped guy who is navigating his way through the surreal world of dating. Maya Erskine plays his ex-girlfriend who not only broke his heart but is now dating Hitler. Yes, that Hitler. Check out the first episode.
“Grimm” — In last week’s episode, Sergeant Drew Wu, played by Reggie Lee, finally gets included for an insider look into the secrets of Grimm. Looking forward, we will see how he deals, now that he is part of the group.
“Galavant” — The hit ABC comedy musical returns, and Galavant, Isabella and Sid continue their journey to Valencia to confront the evil king. In the meantime, they run into some singing monks, and does Galavant start to question his feelings for Madelena? Check it out!
Everyone’s Talking About:
“Fresh Off the Boat” — The upcoming Asian American sitcom from ABC got its fair share of press last week — first, with producer Eddie Huang, who penned the memoir on which the TV show is based, writing a lengthy column in “New York Magazine” about his grievances with ABC for adapting his very personal memoir into slightly cheeky, family-friendly television. The day after, the entire cast and crew (including Huang) were in front of a crowd of journalists for their official press conference, where the first questioner, probably in an attempt to praise Asian culture, instead reduced the Asian American experience to the act of using chopsticks. Awkwardness ensued and it only got more awkward when Huang was questioned about his “New York Magazine” essay. That said, no press is bad press in this drama-filled internet era of clickbait-y headlines, so hopefully this just gathers more viewers for the February 4 premiere. (The series will then continue on February 10 in its allotted Tuesday at 8pm timeslot.)
John Cho on “The Mindy Project“ –– Mindy Kaling tweeted a photo of her and John Cho on her Instagram, leaving fans to wonder who he would be playing in an upcoming episode of her hit Fox comedy. After Cho’s comedy “Selfie” was canceled, we’re excited to see him back on TV so quickly. Could he play a love interest perhaps?
New “Walking Dead” trailer — A new teaser trailer was revealed last week, and fans of the zombie hit won’t have to wait much longer, as “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on February 8.
“Parks and Recreation” — The final season of the hit NBC comedy, co-starring Aziz Ansari, continues with back to back episodes.
“Miss Universe Pageant” — The 63rd annual international beauty pageant will air Sunday, January 25, and it will be hosted by Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts with performances by Nick Jonas and Prince Royce. Judges include Manny Pacquiao, Kristin Cavallari, William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump, and Louise Roe.
Weekend Date Night:
“Lucy” — Did you know that Scarlett Johansson’s box office hit takes place in Taipei, Taiwan (where the film was also shot) and it co-stars veteran Korean actor Choi Min-sik, best known for his role in “Oldboy?” The entire science fiction action thriller is available to watch on XFINITY On Demand.