NBC is looking for a slight Chang of pace from Ken Jeong: The Community actor has signed on to star in and produce a multi-camera comedy project titled Dr. Ken, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first reported the news.)
Jeong’s credits don’t just include The Hangover and Party Down; he’s a licensed physician in California who earned his M.D. at the University of North Carolina and completed an internal medicine residency at New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center. The potential series – which, like Community, would be produced by Sony – is based on his days as a doctor before comedy fame came calling. Jared Stern (The Internship) is penning the pilot and serving as an executive producer while Jeong will be a co-executive producer.
Community is currently filming its fifth season, which may very well be its last. If there are episodes beyond that, it sounds like Jeong wants to figure out a way to appear in both shows. On his Facebook page last night, he posted: “I will never leave Community. I will always Chang the world.”