ABC plans sitcom based on San Antonio native’s life
ABC is developing a family sitcom based on the life of bestselling author Shea Serrano, who was born in San Antonio and grew up here.
Serrano will write the pilot script. Seasoned TV show creator Mike Schur of NBC’s “The Good Place” and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will serve as an executive producer, alongside Serrano.
Serrano, who writes for the website The Ringer and just published the book “Basketball (and Other Things),” announced the TV venture on Twitter.
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“Got tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV so I asked @KenTremendous (Schur) to help me try & make a family sitcom for ABC about them,” Serrano, who now lives in Houston, tweeted Friday with a link to the breaking news in The Hollywood Reporter.
The unnamed show’s fictionalized family, the Hollywood Reporter states, is inspired by Serrano’s life “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”
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Although several half-hour comedies that have centered on Hispanic characters have debuted in prime time, none have truly resonated with audiences since “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons, from 2002 to 2007, on ABC.
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The latest such sitcom, “Telenovela,” starring Eva Longoria and executive produced by the actress, aired as a midseason replacement on NBC at the end of 2015 and in early 2016. It was yanked by the network that spring after only 11 episodes.
Family comedy “Cristela,” executive produced by and starring standup comic Cristela Alonzo, bowed on ABC in 2014 but only lasted one season before its cancellation.
“Jane the Virgin,” an hour-long telenovela-style comedy that debuted to critical acclaim and won star Gina Rodriguez a best actress-comedy Golden Globe, has aired on The CW for four seasons, but ratings have been low.
Another Serrano-based TV project was announced this summer by cable TV’s AMC. It will be part of “AMC Visionaries,” slated for 2018
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The year-round documentary series is partnering with prolific artists who will explore the histories of various pop culture genres.
The four series under the “Visionaries” banner each will consist of six episodes. They will focus on horror, science fiction, comic books and rap music.
The latter will be based on Serrano’s New York Times bestseller “The Rap Year Book.”
Serrano’s most recent book, “Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated,” features colorful and frequently humorous observations about the sport, and his beloved hometown team, accompanied by.comic-book style drawings of Spurs great Tim Duncan and other NBA stars by artist Arturo Torres.