10:13am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Awkwafina's Comedy Central Show Scores Early Season 2 Renewal
Awkwafina's big January just got bigger.
The forthcoming Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens — which stars the newly minted Golden Globe-winning actress (The Farewell) — has scored an early season two renewal ahead of its Jan. 22 launch on the ViacomCBS-owned cable network. (In his review, The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg called the show "a strong vehicle for a versatile talent.")
"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,” Comedy Central co-heads of originals Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen said Tuesday in a statement.
Awkwafina stars in the comedy, which was inspired by her real life growing up in Queens. Raised by her dad (played by BD Wong) and grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora Lin leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in New York.
Nora Lum, Karey Dornetto, Lucia Aniello, Teresa Hsiao, Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First are executive producers, while Babineau and Rachel Olson oversee for Comedy Central.
Nora — one of THR's 20 most-anticipated new scripted series of 2020 — is part of a scripted slate at Comedy Central that also includes South Park, The Other Two, South Side and the final season of Corporate.
Comedy Central announced the news during its time at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, where Nora was slated to panel.