TV Land is ready to turn its lens on Korean-American stereotypes.
The Viacom-owned cable network is teaming with Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Hawaii Five-O's Daniel Dae Kim to develop Re Jane, a half-hour adaptation of Patricia Park's debut novel of the same name.
Set in the geographically close but highly disparate worlds of Flushing, Queens and Brooklyn, the single-camera comedy centers on Jane Re, a honhyol (mixed race) Korean-American woman who feels like an outsider in every sense: She didn't attend an Ivy League school, she's been fired from her first Wall Street job and at 5-foot-7 she towers over the other Korean-American women around her. Feeling trapped by Korean principles including nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy and obligation) that have defined her life so far, Jane finds an opportunity to jump into a different life when she becomes an au pair to the adopted Chinese daughter of Beth and Ed, a couple of Brooklyn intellectuals. The potential series is described as a fresh, witty and sexy look at life between two cultures and the importance of living for oneself.
Finding Carter's Maria Maggenti will pen the script and executive produce the comedy alongside Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Doreen Wilcox Little. Kim will exec produce via his CBS Television Studios-based 3AD banner. 3AD head of development Lindsay Goffman also will exec produce.
For TV Land, the comedy comes as the cable network has found success by shifting to younger-themed single-camera fare. TV Land is currently prepping three pilots: Heathers, First Wives Club and American Woman. Should they go to series, they would join a roster of originals including Younger, Impastor, the George Lopez comedy Lopez and Melissa McCarthy-produced Nobodies, among others.