abc family picks up samurai girl

ABC Family has reportedly picked up Samurai Girl, starring former Real World cast member Jamie Chung, (okay, I just realized I've posted several MTV-related items today) and is set to start production in Vancouver in the spring. I first mentioned this project last year, when we learned that the network had ordered the pilot The show is based on a series of popular young adult novels. Here's the description:
"Samurai," based on a series of popular young-adult novels, centers on a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven (Jamie Chung) who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family and begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends, sets out to take down her father's evil empire.
Doesn't really sound like the kind of thing you'd expect to air on ABC Family... but I guess they're trying something new. It also sounds like an opportunity for lots of wonderfully bad Asian stereotypes. But I will withhold judgment until I actually see it. The show is slated to premiere as a "major programming event" over one weekend in August. Can't wait.

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