April 22, 2021
HBO Max has given a six-part series order to the Max Original “Take Out,” a docuseries from Part2 Pictures that follows journalist Lisa Ling as she takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America’s more than 45,000 Asian restaurants.
Lisa explores the storied and complicated journey of the Asian community, past and present, at a critical time, while zig-zagging the country celebrating the joy that the little white take-out box can bring.
“It is time that we learn about a community that has been integral to America’s development but has largely been ignored by American history,” Ling said in a statement. “My own family’s path to their American dream started in a Chinese restaurant, and I cannot wait to learn the stories of those whose journey paralleled mine throughout different parts of this country.”
“With ‘Take Out,’ we will pay tribute to the hard work and countless contributions of Asian Americans whose restaurants helped shape the cultural tapestry and cuisines of America,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “Lisa is one of a few storytellers who could paint the trials and triumphs of a community as told through the lens of a restaurant.”
“Take Out” is produced by Part2 Pictures with executive producers Ling and David Shadrack Smith.
“This has been a long-standing passion project that feels as relevant as ever,” Smith said in a statement. “It’s a chance to join Lisa on an especially personal exploration — and build on our long relationship together delving deep into the dynamics of America through the people that make it diverse and complex.”
Part2 Pictures is currently producing the eighth season of “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.”