It’s an interesting time in television right now. Despite Latinos buying movie tickets in droves, recent studies have shown that Latinx audiences aren’t necessarily gravitating towards popular series they’re expected to watch, like Jane the Virgin. Yet, in spite of the breakdowns, television is heavily interested in telling their stories, from Netflix’s continued promotion of Spanish-language series to the myriad of fall shows set to star Latinos.
The movement isn’t slowing down, either, as evidenced by the recent announcement that Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mexican-Italian-American Mark Consuelos are developing a new ABC sitcom called The Sanchez Way. The series is described as an “irreverent comedy” about a man named Pedro Sanchez who “lives by a very strict working class code.” Things go awry for Pedro when his fresa brother-in-law tries to become a part of the family.
ABC is developing the series in cooperation with Ripa and Consuelos’ production company, Milojo Productions. The Sanchez Way is being written by Isaac Gonzalez who has worked on other Latino shows, primarily the animated show BorderTown.
Right now there’s no talk of casting since it’s at a very early stage. ABC is a network that’s championing diversity with series like Speechless, Blackish, and Fresh Off the Boat. A Latino series would definitely add some more unique representation to the network and fill the hole from Cristela‘s cancellation a few years back.