Joshua Mah / Edge Columnist
Some of the actors from Canada’s much loved television series, Kim’s Convenience, have decided to move on and make their own show. This comes as a result of the unexpected end to the series. From “How Kim’s Convenience showcases the difficulties faced by diverse creators” written by Jackson Weaver from CBC News, . ‘We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye,’ says star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. The show was supposed to run for two more seasons but instead, CBC ended it this year.
One of its other creators, Bowen Yang, and co-star Simu Liu, took to social media to express their unhappiness about the cancellation of the show. Fans of the hit series tried to save “Kim’s Convenience” by spreading “#SaveKimsConvenience”.
While “Kim’s Convenience” end is unknown, the writer of the show, Ins Choi, said in January said that he would be leaving . Co-creator of the series, Kevin White, also left, making the entire cast think about whether to carry on without them or stop the entire series.
“Kim‘s was so unique because you had an all-Asian cast. And if you don’t have someone who’s Asian, who’s part of the producing team, the optics look terrible. Unfortunately, the industry, the way it is, it’s very difficult to find somebody of that calibre to step in and replace someone like Ins Choi.” Lee said.
Other than sitcoms being discontinued because of disagreements , Nickelodeon’s Rugrats had a similar problem as well. According to “Rugrats: Series Creators Disagree on How to Bring Back the Characters” by Regina Avalos, the creators of the beloved kids’ show from 1991 disagreed on how they are going to be bringing back them.
Rugrats may come back to Nickelodeon in the future one day but creators are disagreeing about re-establishing the Rugrats kids. Paul Germain, who helped create the series, left after 65 episodes were released and he was very disappointed by what the show became after he left.
“A lot of the direction that they took the show in after I left in 1993 – the second 65 episodes and then the All Grown Up series – I thought those episodes were poor. I thought they lost the spirit of it. I think the way to go [for a reboot] would be to take it back to where it was. I don’t know if we could really do that, but that’s what I would like to see. I think it’s possible.” said Paul Germain.
Like Kim’s Convenience, the creators of Big Bang Theory, another popular television sitcom, also could not agree. According to “Big Bang Theory creators reveal they disagreed over Jim Parsons while reflecting on audition” by Rianne Houghton, Chuck Lore and Bill Prady, co-creators of Big Bang Theory, could not agree that actor Jim Parson would be suitable to play the part of Sheldon Cooper, the star of the show.
Bill Prady, Jim Parson, and Chuck Lorre
“We saw – oh god, I don’t know, 100 people? And when Jim Parsons came in, he was Sheldon on a level,” Prady explained. “You know, there were people who came in and you went, ‘Okay, well, he’s kind of okay,’ ‘Oh, he’s pretty good,’ ‘Maybe he’s the guy,’ [but] Jim came in and he was just – from that audition, he was the Sheldon that you saw on television.” said Prady. Lorre however did not agree and said, “Nah, he’s gonna break your heart.'”
Fortunately for fans of Big Bang Theory, Lorre misjudged Parson. “Jim Parsons came back in the next day and gave us that exact same performance again,” Prady added. “It was like, ‘This is Sheldon.'”
The reason why all three TV shows relate to each other is because each of the TV show creator declined to release new seasons or reboots and therefore the stories connect with each other. They’ve experienced similar situations and they had problems come in their way.
How Kim’s Convenience showcases the difficulties faced by diverse creators – https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/kim-s-convenience-end-diverse-1.5988267
Rugrats: Series Creators Disagree on How to Bring Back the Characters – https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/rugrats-series-creators-disagree-bring-back-characters/
Big Bang Theory creators reveal they disagreed over Jim Parsons while reflecting on audition – https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a35489769/the-big-bang-theory-sheldon-cooper-jim-parsons-casting/