Kung Fu - Season 3 UPD
Kung Fu is an American martial arts action-adventure television series that premiered on The CW on April 7, 2021. Set in the present, it is an adaptation of the 1970s series of the same title. It is produced by Warner Bros. Television, as was the original series and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Executive producers include Christina M. Kim (developer of The CW series), Ed Spielman (creator of the original series), Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Robert Berens, and Sarah Schechter. It is one of a few American network dramas to feature a predominantly Asian American cast, including veteran actor Tzi Ma. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on March 9, 2022. In March 2022, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on October 5, 2022.
Kung Fu - Season 3
The first reboot attempt had a main character named Lucy Chang, a Buddhist monk and kung fu master who traveled through America in the 1950s in search of the man who stole her child years before. The second reboot attempt was about a young Chinese-American woman who inherits her father's kung fu studio, only to find out it's a secret center dedicated to helping members of the Chinatown community who have nowhere else to turn. On May 3, 2021, The CW renewed the series for a second season. On March 22, 2022, The CW renewed the series for a third season.
In January and February 2020, Deadline reported the casting of the reboot with Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan as Jin Shen and Mei-Li, Jon Prasida as Ryan Shen, Shannon Dang as Althea Shen, Eddie Liu as Henry Yan, and Olivia Liang as the character Nicky. In March 2020, Gavin Stenhouse and Gwendoline Yeo were cast as Evan Hartley and Zhilan. Tony Chung was cast as Dennis Soong on October 6, 2020. On November 18, 2020, Yvonne Chapman was cast as Zhilan in a recurring capacity. In February 2021, Ludi Lin and Bradley Gibson were cast as Kerwin and Joe Harper in recurring roles. On August 26, 2021, Chapman was promoted to series regular for the second season. On January 6, 2022, Vanessa Yao, Annie Q. and JB Tadena joined the cast in recurring roles for the second season. On July 7, 2022, it was announced that Chapman is set to return as series regular while Tadena was promoted to a series regular for the third season. On July 27, 2022, Ben Levin and Kim Rhodes were cast in recurring capacities for the third season.
Principal photography for the first season began on October 16, 2020 and concluded on April 27, 2021, in Langley, British Columbia. Filming for the second season began on September 20, 2021 and concluded on March 15, 2022. Filming for the third season began on July 18, 2022 and concluded on December 20.
Kung Fu premiered on April 7, 2021, on The CW. In Canada, the series airs on CTV 2, simulcast with The CW. The second season premiered on March 9, 2022. The third season premiered on October 5, 2022.
The first half of the season aired on Wednesday nights at 9:00 PM following DC's Stargirl from October 5 to November 30, and the second half will air in the same time slot following The Flash from February 8 to March 8.
On July 7, 2022, it was announced that Yvonne Chapman would be returning for the role of Zhilan, despite the character's supposed death in the second season finale; additionally, JB Tadena was promoted to series regular.
Natalie: Well, when he shows up, we get our first proper creepy little cut to his sinister face. Remember we talked about that convention earlier in the season, that sort of television language? They do that as soon as he shows up and Nicky is excited to get him involved in the Library gang!
Natalie: You never know. He could get some brainwave, get too mixed up in something, and then have some crisis. Maybe not this season. Anyway, Henry is getting ever more suspicious of Bo lurking around, but the test seems successful and everyone is lined up ready for the verdict. How stressful. Did you have a suspicion of who it may be?
Natalie: I guess we will have to see. With the Delta stuff, I wish I could tell whether it is in any way connected to Harmony, investors, their secret plans. Like are there two enemies this season, or three? Is the restaurant investment off on its own, or is it maybe connected to the Delta stuff in some sort of sabotage takeover thing.
On March 24, 2022 it was announced that The CW had officially renewed Kung Fu for a third season due to premiere sometime in the 2022-2023 TV Season. Filming began on July 18, 2022, and concluded on December 19, 2022.
The new season has been paired with Stargirl season 3, making for a powerhouse two-hour block on the channel in a fall line-up absent of the usual superhero staples like The Flash and the recently cancelled Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman series. What can we expect from the third season?
Kung Fu returns for season 3 on Wednesday, picking up four months after the events of the finale, which saw Nicky's world blow up -- in more ways than one. There was the breakup with Henry; losing an unlikely ally in Zhilan, who sacrificed herself for Nicky (but will be back somehow); and the potential return of a seemingly resurrected Pei-Ling, Nicky's shifu (or Xiao, the ancient creator of the warrior/guardian bloodlines, or someone else). As the new season opens, Nicky has settled into a new normal teaching at the local community center, embracing her role as shifu and continuing to rid the evils of Chinatown. But, of course, peace doesn't last very long in the world of Kung Fu.
"I really admire the fact that our writers were willing to strip Nicky down to the bare bone. Her powers are gone this season and she's kind of in a similar headspace of where she was when we met her in season 1 -- trying to figure out what her purpose is now that she's back in San Francisco," series star Olivia Liang tells ET. "Seemingly, she's saved the world twice and seems to be okay, but now she doesn't have Henry."
"Henry left, Nicky of all people understood why he left because she did a very similar thing by running away to China and finding out and discovering who she is," Liang says. "She's got her family, she's got this reputation that has been building since season 2 of being the protector of Chinatown. She's really leaning into that and making sure that her community is safe. It's a little bit different now because she's maybe not invincible."
The actress warned that season 3 "gets pretty dark," even though the DNA of Kung Fu's humor and banter still remains. "It is just super balanced with the humor and the heart and the stakes and the drama and the action. I feel like we keep getting more and more focused into what our show is capable of and what everyone is capable of," she says. "So I think the fans are really going to like it."
According to Deadline, Legacies' Ben Levin and Supernatural's Kim Rhodes will star in major recurring roles. Levin recurred as Jed Tien for Legacies' first two seasons before being promoted to series regular for the final two. Rhodes started recurring as Sheriff Jody Mills in Supernatural Season 5, appearing in every subsequent season through Season 14.
I tell them the truth that many of the Hicky fans are upset with their break-up last season. Henry and Nicky (aside from Mama and Papa Shen and Althea and Dennis) were the first Asian main character couples on mainstream television. I asked if there is any hope for a reconciliation since many in the fandom are waiting for the two to be reunited.
The two previously co-starred on Legacies, as classmates and friends with benefits, and are now reunited on the upcoming season of her new show Kung Fu, which has a new season trailer out now.
Pop Culturalist was lucky enough to chat with Shannon about the season 3 finale of Kung Fu, how playing Althea has taught her to trust her instincts, and the changing media landscape and the contributions that the series has made to that movement.
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As many may know, The CW has been the source of great heartache this past season. In a wild canceling spree, the network axed many popular series including the baffling decision to cancel "The Vampire Diaries" universe show "Legacies." Thankfully, "Kung Fu" remains one of the lucky to remain on the docket for the upcoming season. A healthy Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86% may have to do with its survival on the network, but where "Kung Fu" really shines is its storytelling. Showrunners Christina Kim and Robert Berens' experiences on "Supernatural" and "Lost" taught them the merits of delving into familial backstory.
Last we saw Nicky Shen, she was protecting her community in San Francisco from the tyranny of evil billionaire Russell Tan (Kee Chan). The Season 2 finale was a heart-wrenching one that just ended on June 15 (via IMDb). As one of the few shows that The CW decided to keep on their roster, news of the series' renewal came before the 2nd season had even concluded. Collider reported back in March that "Kung Fu" could expect to see another season.
Season 2's literally earth-shattering season finale left a lot of elements up in the air. Even though Nicky, Mia (Vanessa Yao), and Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) stopped Russell from achieving immortality, it was not without repercussions. In a shocking twist, Zhilan, who went from adversary to tentative ally, sacrifices herself to help Nicky's cause. Upon returning to San Francisco, Nicky realizes she cannot count on her boyfriend Henry (Eddie Liu) to stick by her side either. Just as she had done, Henry is going on a quest to find himself. 041b061a72