EXCLUSIVE: Besides being a comedy star, Community and The Hangover standout Ken Jeong is a licensed physician. His life before going into comedy will be the subject of Dr. Ken, a multi-camera comedy that has landed at NBC with a significant penalty. Feature comedy writer Jared Stern (The Internship) is writing the project, from Community producer Sony Pictures TV and John Davis and John Fox’s studio-based Davis Entertainment. Stern, Davis and Fox executive produce, with Jeong co-executive producing. Jeong is a regular on Community, whose upcoming fifth season is rumored to be the cult comedy’s last — but that is never certain as Community has defied the odds before. But even if Community continues for another season and Dr. Ken goes to series, things could be worked out as both shows are with NBC and Sony TV.
Another Community cast member, Donald Glover, who is no longer a regular, recently sold a music-themed comedy to FX. Before pursuing a career in comedy, Jeong got an M.D. degree at the University of North Carolina and completed an internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He is a licensed physician in the state of California. This marks Davis Entertainment’s second sale this season, joining drama Wolfe, which also received a penalty from NBC. The company has two new series on the NBC fall schedule, The Blacklist and Ironside.