So who are the Korean-Americans that are on television today? You might be clicking on the remote going from one channel to another, but along the way you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the numerous Korean-Americans who are on American TV: they’re on reality shows, they play gay characters, and of course they show some skill and intelligence. You’ll find a Korean-American actor or host on a show almost every night of the week. Here’s a roll call of Korean-Americans who are living large on your high definition television this summer. Don’t forget, John Cho and Daniel Henney will be leading another group of Korean-American actors into new shows this fall.
Tim Kang: The Mentalist is one of the highest rated shows on television and Tim Kang plays Kimball Cho, one of the main characters who assists Simon Baker’s character. Even if you haven’t seen The Mentalist, he’s probably familiar to you because he’s had a great run on commercials. You can see him on Thursday nights @ 10pm on CBS.
Grace Park: She’s a rising star who’s coming off of a successful run on Battlestar Gallactica. She’s well known for her lingerie shoot on Maxim and for being voted FHM Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World, but you’ll find her weekly with Benjamin Bratt on The Cleaner, Tuesday nights @ 10pm on A&E.
Margaret Cho: She’s the most famous Korean-American comedian. Whether you like her jokes or not, you can’t argue her success. She’s been going strong for a long time, and she’s currently on a cross country comedy tour. You can find her on two different television channels: her comedy special, Beautiful, on Showtime and on Drop Dead Diva on Sunday nights @ 9pm on Lifetime.
Kelly Choi: She’s the ex-Ford model who’s gone from local NY TV host to a national TV show. She’s not just a pretty face either, because she has degrees from William & Mary and Columbia University. It’s hard to believe that she’s a foodie because she’s so skinny but some people are just blessed with great genes and metabolism. Check out Top Chef Masters on Wednesday nights @ 10pm on Bravo.
Rex Lee: How did a gay minority become one of the favorite characters of a show fueled by male testosterone? He started out as the abused assistant to power agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Pivens), but the audience came to love the guy because of his banter with Ari and the boys. Sunday nights are back with Entourage – 10pm on HBO
Moon Bloodgood: She made a big splash this summer in the blockbuster, Terminator Salvation. She’s one of People Magazine’s most beautiful people. She’s got one of the coolest names and you can see Moon Bloodgood on Burn Notice on Thursday nights @ 9pm on USA.