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‘Kim’s Convenience’ Stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee & Nicole Power Reuniting With Andrew Phung On ‘Run The Burbs’

EXCLUSIVE: It’s been nearly three years since Kim’s Convenience closed the shop for the final time, and now two of its cast are reuniting with former co-star Andrew Phung on his sitcom Run the Burbs.

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Nicole Power will appear in upcoming season 3 episodes of Run the Burbs, the comedy Phung created after Kim’s Convenience came to an end.

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In the tenth episode of season three, entitled ‘Phirst Love’, Power will appear as Lisa, the ex-wife of the Phams’ neighbour Hudson (Jonathan Langdon), who returns to town and interrupts Andrew (Phung) and Camille (Rakhee Morzaria)’s plans for a ‘date day’ when they have to run interference. It will launch in Tuesday, March 12 on CBC and streamer CBC Gem.

Then in the season finale, ‘Summer Phorecast’, Sun-Hyung Lee will guest star as Andrew’s personal hero, municipal councillor Vernon Park. Andrew is elated when Park offers him advice on a dream plan to expand a summer camp program, only to discover that Park’s interests may not align with his own.

Power played Shannon Ross, the manager of Handy Car Rental and love interest for Simu Liu’s Jung Kim character in Kim’s Convenience, which ran between 2016 and 2021, while Lee played the Kim family patriarch Sang-il Kim. Phung played Arnold “Kimchee” Han, who worked in the car rental and was best friend to Jung.

“I loved making Kim’s Convenience,” said Phung. “It was a joy to be a part of that show and working with that incredible cast each day was a dream come true. Simply put, Paul and Nicole are the best at what they do. I look up to them so much and I’m honoured to call them my friends — reuniting with them on screen this season means everything to me.

“I’ve been looking for the right moment to bring them onto Run the Burbs from the beginning, and finally, in season three, we have been able to develop characters that were perfect for them. From the first take it felt like no time had passed and we didn’t skip a beat. They are hilarious in these roles, and I can’t wait for everyone to see us back together.”

“Paul and Nicole are both singular talents and they brought so much laughter and joy to the set of Run the Burbs this season. We’re excited for fans to see their individual reunions with Andrew and to welcome them to the Rockridge family,” said Karen Tsang, Executive Producer at Pier 21 Films.

Co-created by Phung and filmmaker Scott Townend and produced by Pier 21 Films, Run the Burbs follows life in an oddball, suburban community, where the Pham family try to live a normal existence. The show, which features a blended Indian and Vietnamese Canadian family, is known for its nuanced approach to culturally specific stories, including its signature Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Tết – episodes, the latest of which launches tonight on Canadian pubcaster CBC.

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