Rumors of 'Community's demise seem to crop up every season, with the upcoming fifth year being heavily speculated to be the last (for real this time). One man who isn't taking any chances with his employment status is Ken Jeong, who has played Ben Chang on the comedy since way back in the second episode. As first reported by Deadline, Jeong is currently developing a new project with NBC, one based on his real life experiences as a licensed physician.
That's right, for those who are unaware, the man behind the rather insane Chow character from the 'Hangover' films was a practicing medical doctor before transitioning to Hollywood. In fact, his first acting role was as the acerbic Dr. Kuni in Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up.' This new NBC project will appropriately be titled 'Dr. Ken,' Jeong's real-life nickname to this day.
In addition to being on the same network, 'Community' production company Sony TV will also oversee 'Dr. Ken,' making it very possible that the new show would go forward even if we do end up getting the six seasons and a movie that fans of Dan Harmon's baby vocally hope for. Feature writer Jared Stern ('The Internship,' 'The Watch,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins') will be penning the first episode, while Jeong will both star in and executive produce the series.
Does the world need more Ken Jeong comedy? Or should he go back to medicine for real?