I used to be a huge Ken Jeong fan and this past year he made me a little sad. Jeong (who is a freaking doctor of internal medicine for Pete’s sake) played roles meant to be absurd and darkly comic but instead have come off as pathetic and grotesque (seriously, Señor Chang is treated as sub-human by the Community writers) . These may be the roles he’s getting offered and the material he has to perform, so perhaps he’s creating a better option for himself by producing and starring in The Chung Factor.
Andy Selsor‘s script (formerly titled The Ex-Factor) landed on the 2005 Black List and according to The Wrap, “is about a nice guy who meets the girl of his dreams after being unlucky in love. But because he’s afraid of screwing up the relationship, he takes advice from an offbeat relationship coach, played by Jeong. As it turns out, the coach is actually the woman’s ex-boyfriend and is out to sabotage the relationship and win her back.” So once again Chung is playing a sneaky and duplicitous character. Hopefully he’s found a new way to play this role and hasn’t typecast himself.