Memoir inspired ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: While watching “Huang’s World” on the Viceland channel, I was wondering i f Eddie Huang and his family were the inspiration for “Fresh Off the Boat.”
A: The series was indeed inspired by Eddie Huang’s memoir “Fresh Off the Boat.” But Huang has been critical of what had been done with his life and work, at one point calling the TV series “an entertaining but domesticated vehicle to sell dominant culture.” He no longer narrates episodes, which he did in the first season, and while ABC’s consumer site acknowledges Huang’s book, its press site just says the show is “inspired by a true story.” Q: Why is the Weather Channel based in Atlanta?
A: A Weather Channel representative told me there is no official reason. So I asked Andre Bernier, meteorologist for WJW in Cleveland, who worked for the channel for three years, starting two months before it went on the air.
By email, Bernier said two locations “popped up on radar ( yes, pun intended): Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.”
Choosing between the two involved such issues as climate, cost of living and available office space. Atlanta not only met those requirements, but it also had a large and expensive satellite upload hub, which Charlotte did not.
The hub, to send the channel’s signal via satellite to cable companies, had been developed by Ted Turner for his operations, including CNN, saving the Weather Channel the cost of building one.
Add in that Weather Channel co-founder (and original boss) John Coleman could do his “Good Morning America” segments via the Atlanta ABC affiliate, and the choice was made.
Q: Why did Michael Weatherly leave “NCIS”?
A: When the question came up several months ago, Weatherly did not offer a clear answer. Later, as TV Insider reported, Weatherly said, “I just suddenly realized that I probably had other things that I should be doing. And t hen t he wanderlust set in. I directed a documentary. I have a production company. And I wanted to spend time with my family.”
But as good as it was being on a long-running series, Weatherly also had a chance to star in his own show. Now set to air on CBS in the fall, “Bull” has Weatherly playing the “brilliant, brash and charming” Dr. Jason Bull, a character inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw in his pre-talk show years.
According to CBS, “Bull” is “the ultimate puppet master as he combines psy- chology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.”
Not surprisingly, “Bull” will air right after “NCIS” on Tuesday nights on CBS. Write to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or email
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