HBO Max Signs Lisa Ling Docuseries About Asian Restaurants

HBO Max has secured yet another documentary series for air on their platform. Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling will reteam with Part2 Pictures for Take Out, a six-part show about the lives of people behind the counter at some of the more than 45,000 Asian restaurants that do the United States.

Ling, who previously worked with Part2 on This is Life with Lisa Ling, stated that she cannot wait to learn about people who share the same American origin story as her own. “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.”

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HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey is also excited about the venture, stating that Take Out “will pay tribute to the hard work and countless contributions of Asian Americans whose restaurants helped shape the cultural tapestry and cuisines of America.” She goes on to say that Lisa is uniquely qualified to handle the task of chronicling these restauranteurs and how they affect communities across the nation.

Part2 Pictures founder David Shadrack Smith calls Take Out a “passion project” that feels very relevant in 2021. “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.”

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In addition to HBO Max’s ongoing plan to stream Hollywood movies day and date with theaters, the platform continues to add original programs to fuel new subscriptions. Take Out joins Friends: The Reunion Special, the third season of Warrior, and a Boondocks revival on the slate of upcoming shows for the service.