The deals for producer 20th Television are the first on-air rights for Fresh Off the Boat, which has 79 episodes and four seasons under its belt (season five will debut on ABC in the fall). Hulu secured streaming rights for the show in 2017.
“Fresh Off the Boat has a unique comedic voice that will resonate with young adult audiences and fit well alongside Freeform’s original content,” Sarah Tomassi Lindman, Freeform’s senior vp content planning and strategy, said Monday in a statement. “The Huang family’s authentic, humorous and meaningful way of navigating a new environment reflects our viewers’ experiences and are exactly the kinds of stories we are proud to have on our network.”
Amy Winter, Up’s executive vp and general manager, said she’s “thrilled” to give Fresh Off the Boat a home on the channel: “Up celebrates family life, and with all the heart and humor included in Fresh Off the Boat, this contemporary family story is a perfect fit.”
Fresh Off the Boat is based on chef and TV personality Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name; Nahnatchka Khan adapted the book for television and serves as showrunner. The series stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, Chelsey Crisp and Ray Wise.
Season four of the series averaged a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers for ABC in live-plus-7 ratings.