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TCA: ‘Cristela’ Hopes To Reach Broader Audience Among Lean ABC Offerings

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 7:12pm PDT

TCA: ‘Cristela’ Hopes To Reach Broader Audience Among Lean ABC OfferingsThere’s been a lot of talk about diversity at ABC’s TCA panels today, yet the network’s shows have all shared one constant: Virtually all their stars are thin. But after the panel on her new multi-camera comedy Cristela, stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, said she’s happy to represent the majority: People of average weight.
Alonzo was wearing a black Fitbit bracelet and said she plans to wear it on the show, in which she portrays an aspiring lawyer who moves back in with her family to pursue that goal. “You see all these shows that have thin people and you never see them eat, you never see them go to the gym,” she said. “Well, I eat. This is what America looks like. This is it.”
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Kevin Hench Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

hench1EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Hench, co-creator/executive producer of new ABC comedy series Cristela and executive producer of ABC’s Tim Allen starrer Last Man Standing, has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind both shows, 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Hench will focus on Cristela, co-created by and starring comedienne Cristela Alonso, on which he serves as showrunner. Still, “he will have a hand in both,” 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said. “Tim looks to him for his point of view.” Hench, who has been an executive producer on Last Man since its inception, will take on a consulting role for the show’s upcoming fourth season. Read More »

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ABC’s New Series Trailers: ‘American Crime’, ‘Selfie’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, ‘Black-Ish’, More

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 2:20pm PDT

ABC Upfronts 2014UPDATED WITH FULL TRAILERS: Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest:

American Crime – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and executive producer Michael J McDonald.

Forever – Drama
Produced by Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer Matt Miller, executive producers Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson.

How To Get Away With Murder – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and director Michael Offer.

Secrets And Lies – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios and executive producers Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman, director Charles McDougall and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield.

The Whispers – Drama
Produced by ABC Studios with Amblin TV co-producing. From writer/co-executive producer Soo Hugh, director Mark Romanek and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead.

Black-ish – Comedy
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Kenya Barris, director/executive producer James Griffiths and executive producers Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato and Paul Young.

Cristela – Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox TV. From writer Cristela Alonzo, writer/executive producer Kevin Hench and executive producers Marty Adelstein, … Read More »

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ABC & 20th TV Reach Deal: ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Picked Up To Series, ‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WUAfter intense negotiations, ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the pickup to series of two comedy pilots, multi-camera  Cristela, starring Cristela Alonzo, and Nahnatchka Khan’s single-camera Fresh Off The Boat, as well as the fourth season renewal of comedy series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. The holdup had been a request from the network for a license fee reduction on Last Man Standing, something 20th had already agreed last season for what was supposed to be a one-time thing and was unwilling to do it again. The studio had leverage with Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat, which ABC was looking to pick up. After some back-and-forth, a deal has been reached, with all three shows safely on ABC’s schedule next season. Both Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat reflect the immigrant experiences of their creators, Cristela Alonzo, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hench, and Khan, who based her show on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir. (Both Khan and Alonzo are first generation Americans.) Both Cristela and Last Men Standing hail from 21 Laps/Adelstein.

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‘Last Man Standing’ And Pilots ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Part Of Tense Negotiation Between ABC & 20th TV

Nellie Andreeva

It wasn’t hard to notice last night that there WILLIE ROBERTSON, SI ROBERTSON, TIM ALLENwas a connection between the three comedy projects that had been expected to get pickups but didn’t: pilots Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat and series Last Man Standing. All three hail from 20th Century Fox TV. I hear the three are part of a negotiation between ABC and the studio that somewhat echoes last year’s four-series negotiation between Sony TV and NBC that included pilots The Blacklist, Welcome To The Family and Night Shift and returning Community. I hear the issue is a request from the network for a license fee reduction on Last Man Standing. I hear the network had made the same request last year after Last Man‘s first season in the lower-trafficked Friday 8 PM slot in what was supposed to be a one-time thing. I hear the studio agreed and Last Man was renewed for a third season.

Related: The Success Of Cristela Alonzo & Jerrod Carmichael’s Projects And What That Says About Pilot System

Further squeezing the license fee for the show may be problematic for the studio as star Tim Allen commands a six-figure per-episode pay check. On the other hand, sibling Twentieth TV had been shopping Last Man for a syndication sale, so getting a fourth season … Read More »

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Cristela Alonzo Latina Comedy From 20th Century Fox TV Gets ABC Order

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 4:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cristela Alonzo ABC PilotEXCLUSIVE: Cristela, the semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, remains in fall contention at ABC. The network, which originally bought the 20th TV-backed comedy in August with a sizable penalty, has greenlighted what it calls “proof of concept” for the project, which has fans among ABC top brass. On the breakdown for Cristela released today, it is listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing a cast of 10, led by Alonzo. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience. 20th TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps/Adelstein produce, with Alonzo, Hench, Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements executive producing. Read More »

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