We loved him in “The Hangover,” part one and two, now Ken Jeong is on “Community.” NBC has fallen in the rankings to fifth place this season and it is unsure at this time if “Community” will see a fifth season.
The Michigan born and raised star plays the role of Senor Ben Chang on “Community.” “Community” spins the tale of teachers and students at the community college. The comedy boasts Chang as a Spanish teacher at Greendale school. During his tenure as a teacher, word got out that he had no credentials for teaching. Chang reversed roles and became a student instead of teaching his class.
Jeong may receive a boost in his paycheck since he is widely known as a comedy actor after his portrayal in the “Hangover” films. If the new comedy series is accepted into the schedule, he could land the pay a high-profile comedy actor would expect.
There are no guarantees that the ABC show will be picked up. “Spy” is under the title of pilot now which means it is under consideration for fall and nothing more.
NBC’s “Community” may not be renewed by the station either, due to the struggles in the second half of their season. Without “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice” to boost ratings and with most of their other shows being rated low, the station is pulling out anything that may not gain viewers and advertisers.
“Community” has eluded the cancellation process many times in the past. Vocal support on social media comes through strong with a large fan base that has ensured the program stay on the air. With this in mind, “Community” may make it past the cancellation stamp one more time.
Jeong probably isn’t banking on “Spy” as a future at this time. Since it’s labeled "pilot", it will mean about a week’s worth of work for Jeong. Although, with a “Hangover 3” film in production, it is doubtful the comedic actor will have anything to worry about.