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Adam Lenhardt

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The series premiere aired tonight.

Rather than a remake or a sequel or spinoff, it's more of a spiritual successor to the original franchise. The general premise is the same: After years of training and study at a Shaolin Monastary, the murder of a beloved mentor drives a priest and martial arts expert from China to seek out family in the American West. Upon arriving, a sense of social responsibility leads to a fight for justice.

All of the particulars differ, however. Instead being set in the 1870s, it's set in the present day. The protagonist this time around is Nicky Shen, the overscheduled Millennial daughter of an overbearing tiger mom who sought out the monastary as an escape from a life that felt suffocating. The series lead, Olivia Liang, is a Chinese American actress playing a Chinese American character -- a bit more authentic than the white David Carradine playing the biracial Kwai Chang Caine.

I was actually quite impressed with the fight scenes. The fight choreography is fairly sophisticated, and the fights are shot in such a way that you can understand what's going on, with use of slow motion that felt effective and not overdone. Liang moves like a dancer, which gives her martial arts a real flow. I'm sure stunt performers are deployed heavily on this, but the transition between the actual actress and her stunt double felt pretty seamless.

Unfortunately, Liang lacks the charisma that Carradine brought to the original series. She feels very much like a prototypical CW young adult lead. In the pilot, you don't quite feel the impact of the years spent living in isolation and deliberate study.

The great Tzi Ma is wonderful as Nicky's father, who disagrees with the choices she's made but is still careful to make sure she knows how much she is loved. Kheng Hua Tan makes for a nice foil as Nicky's mom, who felt betrayed by her daughter's abandonment of the plan she had carefully crafted and sacrificed heavily to implement. One of the ways this show does differentiate itself from most other CW shows is it's interest in telling a multi-generational story. The aging parents are just as essential as the twentysomethings.

Vanessa Kai, as Nicky's Shoalin mentor Pei-ling, lacks the mischievous sense of humor that underlaid Master Po's teachings.

There are a number of mythological elements in the pilot which may or may not have a supernatural basis.

Much like the CW's "Walker" reboot, this isn't good television but it's very watchable television.
 

Walter Kittel

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Huge fan of the original series. I've been considering giving this show a shot. I missed the premiere, so I'll have to check the streaming options of if it will be repeated soon. Just what I need, another show to slot into my viewing schedule. :)

- Walter.
 

Walter Kittel

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So I decided to stream the first episode. Definitely not your father's Kung Fu. :) I am pretty much in agreement with Adam's impressions regarding the series. Kind of on the fence about sticking around for this show. There is enough to like that I'll probably record the series and it will be one of those shows that I 'get around to' vs. making a concerted effort to watch the day it airs.

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Renewed for Season 2:
The CW Press Release said:
05.03.2021


THE CW NETWORK RENEWS “KUNG FU” AND “DC’S STARGIRL” FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON


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THE CW NETWORK RENEWS “KUNG FU” AND “DC’S STARGIRL”
FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

After its Premiere Just Last Month, “Kung Fu” Picked Up for a Second Season

Ahead of its Season Two Debut On Tuesday, August 10,

DC’s Stargirl” Ordered for a Third Season

May 3, 2021 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network today renewed two more series for the 2021-2022 season, including a second season of KUNG FU and a third season of DC’s STARGIRL, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network.

“We are beyond proud to continue to share the stories of Nicky Shen and Courtney Whitmore, two strong, powerful young women at the center of this new generation of hit shows for The CW in KUNG FU and DC’S STARGIRL,” said Pedowitz. “While each boasts remarkable talent on both sides of the camera, KUNG FU and DC’S STARGIRL have not only treated fans to some visually stunning action and high-flying heroics, but they also both strike very powerful emotional chords as they delve into the family dynamics and personal relationships at their core, and we are so excited to see what happens next.”

The premiere episode of KUNG FU has been seen by a gross audience of more than 3.5 million viewers, including delayed L+7 viewership on The CW as well as encore weekend airings on its affiliated stations and sister cable network TNT. KUNG FU saw its audience grow in week 2 on an L+7 basis. Last year’s series premiere of DC’S STARGIRL was The CW’s most watched summer debut in 6 years. Season two of DC’S STARGIRL premieres Tuesday, August 10 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

In KUNG FU, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister Althea (Shannon Dang) and Althea’s fiancé Dennis (Tony Chung), pre-med brother Ryan (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend Evan (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest Henry (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the ruthless assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her.

Christina M. Kim wrote the pilot episode and serves as executive producer/co-showrunner of KUNG FU with Robert Berens. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Martin Gero and David Madden also serve as executive producers. Hanelle Culpepper directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. KUNG FU is produced by Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television and is inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman.

The CW drama series DC’S STARGIRL follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) and her stepfather Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) as she leads an unlikely group of young heroes to take on the legacy of DC’s very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. In the thrilling second season, Courtney and her friends take on one of the most frightening adversaries in DC’s mythology – the dark entity of corruption known as Eclipso.

The series focuses on the character that started creator Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, lovingly inspired by his late sister who was killed in a 1996 plane crash.

DC’S STARGIRL stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan, Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore, Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez/Wildcat, Anjelika Washington as Beth Chapel/Dr. Mid-Nite, Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler/Hourman, Trae Romano as Mike Dugan, Hunter Sansone as Cameron Mahkent, Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman/Shiv and Nick Tarabay as Eclipso. Geoff Johns (“The Flash,” “Titans,” “Batwoman,” “Superman & Lois”) is the showrunner and executive produces DC’S STARGIRL with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Based on the characters from DC, DC’S STARGIRL is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

KUNG FU and DC’s STARGIRL join the previously announced 13 current series The CW has ordered for the 2021-2022 season, including second seasons of SUPERMAN & LOIS and WALKER, as well as ALL AMERICAN (Season 4), BATWOMAN (Season 3), CHARMED (Season 4), DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season 7), DYNASTY (Season 5), THE FLASH (Season 8), IN THE DARK (Season 4), LEGACIES (Season 4), NANCY DREW (Season 3), RIVERDALE (Season 6) and ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (Season 4). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.

Like all of The CW’s upcoming new shows, every episode of KUNG FU and DC’s STARGIRL, as well as the current seasons of BATWOMAN, NANCY DREW, SUPERMAN & LOIS and WALKER, will be available to stream on The CW’s free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com) following its broadcast on The CW Network.


Art is available online at http://www.cwtvpr.com, as well as the latest releases, biographies and other relevant press information for all The CW’s programs.


Media Contacts:

Paul Hewitt, 818/977-6171
[email protected]

Nate Kirtman, 818/977-5993
[email protected]
Media Contact for KUNG FU and DC’S STARGIRL
Judy Yam, 818/977-1021
[email protected]

I'm still enjoying it.
 

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