Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu took to Facebook as we speak to handle hypothesis surrounding Season 5 of the Canadian sequence. The sequence, which simply launched its last season on Netflix, was canceled by producers after its two showrunners (Ins Choi and Kevin White) dropped out. The present was set for a sixth season, however reversed its renewal and decided to end with Season 5. At the time, Liu hinted at “reasons that I’m sure we’ll get into some day” surrounding the cancellation — and that day is as we speak.
Liu penned a prolonged Facebook post concerning the cancellation, discussing tense relationships on set, failed on-screen illustration inside Asian characters, and why the present should finish for good. But first, he mentioned a deliberate spin-off sequence, and his disappointment about the way it went down.
“I love and am proud of Nicole [Power], and I want the show to succeed for her,” Liu wrote, “but I remain resentful of all of the circumstances that led to the one non-Asian character getting her own show. And not that they would ever ask, but I will adamantly refuse to reprise my role in any capacity.”
Liu went on to elucidate that the present can’t be “saved” for a sixth season: because it isn’t owned by CBC or Netflix, the producers make the ultimate name. Ultimately, they have been those who selected to not proceed with new episodes, per Liu. Liu additionally opened up about rumors surrounding his position within the sequence, which sprouted after he landed the lead in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
“I’ve heard a lot of speculation surrounding myself – specifically, about how getting a Marvel role meant I was suddenly too “Hollywood” for Canadian TV,” Liu mentioned. “This could not be further from the truth. I love this show and everything it stood for. I saw firsthand how profoundly it impacted families and brought people together.”
This all being mentioned, Liu did have a handful of complaints about his position within the present. He ascribed the issues to the “overwhelmingly white” producers who counteracted the Asian Canadian forged who had “a plethora of lived experiences to draw from and offer to writers.”
“I WAS, however, growing increasingly frustrated with the way my character was being portrayed and, somewhat related, was also increasingly frustrated with the way I was being treated,” Liu famous. “I can appreciate that the show is still a hit and is enjoyed by many people… but I remain fixated on the missed opportunities to show Asian characters with real depth and the ability to grow and evolve.”
Liu went on to slam the writers’ room, which he says lacked feminine and East Asian illustration. Aside from Choi, there have been no Korean voices, and Choi left previous to the top of the present.
“And personally I do not think [Choi] did enough to be a champion for those voices (including ours),” Liu wrote. “When he left (without so much as a goodbye note to the cast), he left no protege, no padawan learner, no Korean talent that could have replaced him. I tried so hard to be that person; I sent him spec scripts I was working on, early cuts of short films I had produced… I voiced my interest in shadowing a director or writer’s room… my prior experience had taught me that if I just put myself out there enough, people would be naturally inclined to help. And boy was I wrong here.”
The actor continued, saying that he and different stars who have been “trained screenwriters” tried to pepper in their very own concepts. But “the doors were never opened” to any of them. Speaking of the forged, Liu additionally talked about that they “didn’t always get along,” noting that their concepts all differed from one another.
“Speaking for myself personally, I often felt like the odd man out or a problem child,” Liu mentioned. “This one is hard because I recognize that a lot of it reflected my own insecurities at the time, but it was buoyed by things that happened in real life; nomination snubs, decreasing screen time, and losing out on opportunities that were given to other cast members.”
Liu additionally acquired candid concerning the pay on Kim’s Convenience, which was decrease than one may count on. He famous that performing on the present “really opened my eyes to the relationship between those with power and those without,” as when the forged began, they have been no-name actors with little leverage to help them into larger salaries.
“For how successful the show actually became, we were paid an absolute horsepoop rate,” Liu mentioned of the pay. “Compared to shows like Schitt’s Creek, who had ‘brand-name talent’ with American agents, but whose ratings were not as high as ours, we were making NOTHING. Basically we were locked in for the foreseeable future at a super-low rate… an absolute DREAM if you are a producer.”
Liu concluded with an addendum that celebrated the present’s day-to-day crew, saying he “couldn’t ask for a better group of people or a better working environment.” Before providing to reply questions within the feedback, he bid farewell on a hopeful observe.
“I still believe in what the show once stood for,” Liu concluded, “a shining example of what can happen when the gates come down and minorities are given a chance to shine.”