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Kim's Convenience (TV series)

Kim's Convenience is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on CBC Television in October 2016.[1][2] The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents "Appa" (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and "Umma" (Jean Yoon) – Korean for "dad" and "mom" – along with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). Additional characters include Jung's friend and co-worker Kimchee (Andrew Phung) and his manager Shannon (Nicole Power).[3] The series is based on Ins Choi's play of the same name

Kim's Convenience
Kim's Convenience logo.svg
Based on Kim's Convenience
by Ins Choi
Developed by Ins Choi
Kevin White
Starring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Jean Yoon
Simu Liu
Andrea Bang
Andrew Phung
Nicole Power
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Thunderbird Films
Release
Original network CBC Television
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 11, 2016 – present
External links
Website www.cbc.ca/kimsconvenience/

The first season was filmed from June to August 2016 at Showline Studios in Toronto. It is produced by Thunderbird Films in conjunction with Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company, with Lee and Yoon reprising their roles from the play.[4] Scripts were created by Choi and Kevin White, who had previously written for Corner Gas.[5]

CBC announced on December 20, 2016 that it had renewed Kim's Convenience for a second season of 13 episodes, to air in the fall of 2017.[6]

Contents

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Kim ("Appa") Song-il - The family patriarch, Mr. Kim was a teacher in his homeland before immigrating to Canada with his wife where they now own and operate 'Kim's Convenience', a grocery store in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. Mr. Kim is traditional, proud and stubborn, practical and opinionated and blunt. He is estranged from his son Jung. 56 years old at the start of the series.[7]
  • Jean Yoon as Mrs. Kim ("Umma") Yung-mi - Married to Mr. Kim, Mrs. Kim, 54 at the start of the series, was also a teacher in Korea. She is hardworking and kind but also meddles in the lives of her family. Her life revolves around the store, family, and church, where she volunteers.[8]
  • Simu Liu as Jung Kim, 24 at the start of the series, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kim and Janet's brother. Jung works at Handy Car Rental, where he is promoted to assistant manager at the beginning of the series. He was a rebellious teenager who had engaged in petty street crimes, earning him a brief stint in juvenile detention, but has since cleaned up his act. He was kicked out of the family home by Mr. Kim after stealing from him and remains estranged from his father though he is still in contact with the rest of the family.[9]
  • Andrea Bang as Janet Kim, 20 at the start of the series, Mr. and Mrs. Kim's daughter and Jung's sister. She is the family member in most frequent contact with Jung. Attending OCAD University, where she studies photography, Janet is a talented artist but is frustrated by her parents' traditionalism, their lack of support for her art, and the fact that they overparent her due to Jung's estrangement from the household.[10]
  • Andrew Phung as Kimchee, 25 at the start of the series, is Jung's best friend, co-worker, roommate, and former partner in crime.[11]
  • Nicole Power as Shannon Ross, 26, is the manager of Handy Car Rental, and Jung and Kimchee's boss. She has a crush on Jung and is often awkward in her attempts to appear cool and hip.[12]

RecurringEdit

  • John Ng as Mr. Chin, Mr. Kim's friend and a successful entrepreneur, owning several businesses. Fastidious, he does not like to do manual labour.
  • Ben Beauchemin as Gerald, Janet's friend and a fellow student at OCAD. He's intimidated by Mr. Kim and has awkward interactions with him.
  • Michael Musi as Terence, a mild-mannered employee at Handy Car Rental whom Kimchee inexplicably hates.
  • Getenesh Berhe as Semira, another of Janet's OCAD photography classmates and friends.
  • Michael Xavier as Alex, a police officer who was Jung's childhood friend and who is getting reacquainted with Janet.
  • Sabrina Grdevich as Ms Murray, one of Janet's professors at OCAD.
  • Sugith Varughese as Mr. Mehta, a friend of Mr. Kim's who plays cards with him and owns an Indian restaurant.
  • Hiro Kanagawa as Pastor Choi, the pastor at Mrs. Kim's church.
  • Christina Song as Mrs. Lee, Grace Lee's mother and Mrs. Kim's friend.
  • Uni Park as Mrs. Park, a supercilious and well-to-do parishioner at Mrs. Kim's church who looks down on the Kims.
  • Amanda Brugel as Pastor Nina Gomez, associate pastor at Mrs. Kim's church.
  • Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll as Enrique, a nurse and regular customer.
  • Tina Jung as Jeanie Park, Mrs. Park's introverted teenage daughter.
  • Kris Hagen as Sketchy-Looking Dude, a regular customer.

ProductionEdit

Shooting locationsEdit

Interior scenes at the store, Handy Car Rental and home are shot at Showline Studios at 901 Lake Shore Boulevard East, where an exact replica of Mimi Variety, the model for the store, has been recreated. The studio is also used as the exterior of the car rental business. One episode was shot in Koreatown at Bloor and Christie Streets. Mimi Variety at 252 Queen Street East has had its signage replaced with "Kim's Convenience" signs and painted a mural on an exterior wall; while not used for shooting of scenes is used in the credit sequence and for stock transitional shots as well as for promotional shots. The owners of the store have retained the new signage although the business has not officially changed its name.[13][14]

EpisodesEdit

Originally set to premiere on October 4, 2016 on CBC, the series premiere was delayed to October 11, 2016 with back-to-back episodes, so it would not conflict with the Toronto Blue Jays' American League Wild Card Game.[15] The first season consists of 13 half-hour episodes.[16]

CBC announced on December 20, 2016 that it had renewed Kim's Convenience for a second season of 13 episodes, to air in the fall of 2017.[6]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Canadian viewers
(millions)
1 "Gay Discount" Peter Wellington Ins Choi & Kevin White October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11) 0.835[17]
In the series premiere, after being accused of homophobia, Appa decides to offer a store discount to gay customers during Toronto Pride Week — but he doesn't seem to be very good at determining who qualifies for it. Meanwhile, Umma tries to find a "cool Christian Korean boyfriend" for Janet.
2 "Janet's Photos" Peter Wellington Ins Choi & Kevin White October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11) 0.805[17]
When Janet's photos start getting attention from admirers, Appa tries to prove he's a better photographer. Meanwhile, Jung decides to apply for a promotion at the car rental agency, to the dismay of Kimchee and Umma, though for different reasons.
3 "Ddongjeem & Umma's Picture" Peter Wellington Garry Campbell October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18) 0.749[19]
Jung draws the wrong kind of attention from his boss when he gives Kimchee a ddong chim (Korean "wedgie") at work. Mr. Kim commissions Janet's friend, Gerald, to take his photo instead of asking Janet.[18]
4 "Frank and Nayoung" Dawn Wilkinson Ins Choi & Kevin White October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25) 0.763[20]
Mr. Kim is frustrated with Frank (Derek McGrath), a repairman who talks too much, while Janet's cousin Nayoung (Soo-Ram Kim) visits from Korea, challenging Janet's sense of what it means to be 'Korean.' Jung and Shannon get tickets to a Toronto Raptors game, but Jung starts to wonder if Shannon thinks it's a date.
5 "Wingman" James Genn Garry Campbell November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01) N/A
Mr. Chin asks Mr. Kim to be his wingman on a date, which is fine until Mrs. Kim tags along. Janet asks Jung to help her fix a dripping pipe at the store, but the repair is interrupted by an intruder. A police officer (Michael Xavier) helps Jung resolve a misunderstanding and Jung recognizes him as his childhood friend Alex, who becomes reacquainted with Janet.
6 "Rude Kid"[21] James Genn Sonja Bennett November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15) N/A
Mr. Kim scolds Janet's professor's 5 year-old kid, when he misbehaves in the store, with unexpected consequences for Janet; Jung discovers Kimchee is making extra money by moonlighting for a carsharing company, illicitly using Handy Car Rental cars, and has to decide whether to let Terence get fired when Shannon wrongly suspects him as the culprit.[21]
7 "Hapkido"[22] Dawn Wilkinson Ins Choi November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22) 0.887[23]
Janet takes a Hapkido class but Mr. Kim thinks he knows more than her teacher (Tommy Chang). Jung runs into Grace Lee (Eileen Li), an old flame; they both discover that their meeting was not accidental but part of a plan by their mothers to get them back together.[22]
8 "Service"[24] James Genn Rebecca Kohler November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29) 0.878[25]
Mr. and Mrs. Kim's relationship is tested when Mr. Kim offers the attractive new female pastor (Amanda Brugel) some free items from the store. Janet dates Jung's friend, Alex, and Jung pretends to be cool with it.[24]
9 "Best Before"[26] James Genn Story by : Kevin White and Ins Choi
Teleplay by : Anita Kapila
December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06) N/A
Mr. Kim tries to prove that "best before" dates mean nothing when Janet objects to his selling expired ravioli; Mrs. Kim's serving up her homemade galbijjim at the church bazaar when a surprise visit by Jung forces her to admit that she's embarrassed by his troubled past.[26]
10 "Janet's New Job"[27] Dawn Wilkinson Anita Kapila December 13, 2016 (2016-12-13) N/A
Janet is sick of working for free and finds a job at Handy Car Rental putting Jung in a difficult position when she notices that Jung and Shannon are attracted to each other; Appa hires Gerald to work in the store but Gerald is nervous and clumsy whenver Appa is around, which is all the time.[27]
11 "Handyman"[28] Dawn Wilkinson Kevin White December 20, 2016 (2016-12-20) 0.690[29]
Mr. Kim fixes a broken toilet for Kimchee; Jung hides out with Shannon; when Edwin Carter (Kevin Bundy), an old acquaintance of Umma's drops by, Janet believes there's more to his relationship with Mrs. Kim.[28]
12 "Appa's Lump"[30] Peter Wellington Anita Kapila December 27, 2016 (2016-12-27) 0.805[31]
Mr. Kim finds a lump on his back and goes in for a biopsy; Janet wins an award at school; Shannon brings Jung to a work event which may also be a date, when he learns of Mr. Kim's surgery and must decide whether or not to ditch Shannon and go to hospital.
13 "Family Singing Contest"[32] Peter Wellington Ins Choi & Kevin White December 27, 2016 (2016-12-27) 0.938[31]
Janet signs a lease with Gerald and Semira but doesn't know how to break the news to her parents. Mrs Kim really wants her family to beat the Parks at the chuch's family singing festival, but Jung is reluctant to join them while Janet hopes entering the contest will put Umma in a good mood to receive her news; Mr. Kim gets attention for his new SUV.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

John Doyle of the Globe and Mail wrote that the show "stays away from the pseudo-seriousness that could easily plague a comedy about immigrants and family dynamics. There is little obviousness and mugging, and moral lessons are few in the breezy speed of it. What’s it all about? Good jokes, mainly. Heartily recommended, Kim’s Convenience is a clever, generally engaging screwball comedy with an eye on entertainment".[33]

The Toronto Star's Tony Wong writes: "The show is good. Possibly even great. The dialogue is sharp, on point and borderline subversive. It has the potential to be a future classic. It has bite...It’s funny and true, but not a reality we typically see reflected on television."[34]

RatingsEdit

Midway through its first season, Kim's Convenience was estimated by Numeris to have an average audience of 933,000 per episode with 39% of viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.[6]

AwardsEdit

For the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, Kim's Convenience garnered 11 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Lee), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Yoon and Bang), and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Phung).[35] Lee won the award for best actor in a continuing leading comedic role for his portrayal of Appa,[36] and Phung won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Kimchee.[37]

Kim's Convenience won two awards at the 2017 Toronto ACTRA Awards, Outstanding Performance - Female for actress Jean Yoon and the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award for Best Cast.[38][39]

The first season episodes “Ddong Chim” and “Janet’s Photos” are 2017 Writers Guild of Canada's Canadian Screenwriting Awards finalists in the TV comedy category.[40]

ReferencesEdit

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  15. ^ "CBC's Kim's Convenience gives way to Blue Jays". The Canadian Press. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
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  18. ^ "First look: Episode 103". Kim's Convenience. CBC Television. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ BillBriouxTV (October 20, 2016). "TUES o'nites ...CBC MERCER 625K 22MIN 597K KIM'S 749K MR.D (S Premiere) 363K CTV2 VOICE 590K CITY BROOKLYN99 345K W BACHETTE 250K AFTER 270K" (Tweet). Retrieved December 22, 2016 – via Twitter. 
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  23. ^ BillBriouxTV (December 6, 2016). "CND TOP 30 TOTALS NOV. 21 - 27 (Numeris): 1. TSN GREY CUP 3646k 13. @CBCMurdoch 1340k 27. #HNiC Prime East 1022k 29. @KimsConvenience 887k" (Tweet). Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via Twitter. 
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  28. ^ a b "Kim's Convenience Episode Guide". zap2it. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  29. ^ "December 19, 2016 - December 25, 2016 (National)" (PDF). Numeris. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
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  31. ^ a b "December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (National)" (PDF). Numeris. January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
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  33. ^ "John Doyle: CBC’s big week starts with the excellent Kim’s Convenience". The Globe and Mail. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Kim's Convenience mines Korean grocery store for laughs". Toronto Star. October 9, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Orphan Black, Schitt's Creek, Kim's Convenience up for Canadian Screen Awards". CBC News, January 17, 2017.
  36. ^ "'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Dominates Canadian Screen Awards With Two Best Actress Wins". The Hollywood Reporter, March 12, 2017.
  37. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards 2017: Baroness von Sketch Show, Orphan Black big winners". CBC News, March 8, 2017.
  38. ^ "Kim’s Convenience scores two prizes at ACTRA Awards". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  39. ^ "2017 ACTRA Awards in Toronto Nominees - ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. 
  40. ^ "Thunderbird — ANNOUNCING THE WGC SCREENWRITING AWARDS FINALISTS". thunderbird.tv. 

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