Spring break is almost here, and while many of my peers are out and about taking shots at 11 am and frolicking on the beach, one of my all time favorite pasttimes is to crack open a can of Diet Coke and sit on the couch and watch the TV until the sun goes down. Luckily for my fellow couch potatoes and me, there are many new shows either premiering or returning on air this season, four of them including actors and actresses of Asian descent. Now all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the shows … all spring.
Traffic Light on FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30 pm
Filipina American actress Liza Lapira stars in this new FOX comedy sitcom as Lisa. The story line revolves around three Chicago-based best friends, Mike, Adam, and Ethan (played by David Denman, Nelson Franklin, and Kris Marshall, respectively), who have been friends since college. Now in their thirties, the series follows their journey as they try to maintain the balance between their friendship and the demands of their romantic relationships. Lapira’s character, Lisa, is married to Mike (Denman) and although they have a loving relationship, they both understand and try to deal with the fact that marriage is a game of give and take. Lapira also stars in the upcoming movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. The movie is to be released this summer, starring alongside Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.
Gigantic on TeenNick, Fridays at 9:30 pm
Asian American actress Jolene Purdy stars as Piper Katins in the TeenNick series Gigantic. The series revolves around teenagers with Hollywood celebrity parents, and the perks and complications that accompanies such a title. The show gives a fictional inside view of Tinseltown and the behind-the-scenes action that only A-listers can experience. Purdy’s character, Piper, plays a teenager who develops feelings for her family therapist.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, season premiere on March 28, Mondays at 8 pm
The teen drama series Secret Life is no less than an absolute TV sensation, and is one of the highest rated shows currently on air. Since the show’s debut in 2008, there have been three seasons aired to date and talk of a possible fourth season is currently in the works. The show is now back with new episodes to complete their third season after an extended season break. Asian American actress Amy Rider stars as Alice Valko, a super-smart student who is prepared with statistics and information for any situation, whether it be about education or sex education. Filipino American actor Allen Evangelista stars as Henry Miller, equally nerdy boyfriend of Alice.
Body of Proof on ABC, series premiere Tuesday, March 29 at 10 pm
Korean-African American actress Sonja Sohn plays the role of Detective Samantha Baker in the upcoming medical drama series Body of Proof. The series follows the life of a renown neurosurgeon, Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), as she tries to balance the demands of her professional life with her personal life. Dr. Megan Hunt’s life goes from being seemingly perfect to losing it all; in a short period of time she loses her marriage to her husband, custody of her 7-year-old daughter, and the necessary skills to perform surgeries as a result of an almost-fatal car accident. No longer a credible neurosurgeon, the series follows Hunt as she chooses a new career path as a court-medical expert.
Check your local listings for show times. What will you be watching this spring?