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Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

Not everyone feels so excited about the forthcoming Netflix original “Selena: The Series.”

Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to buzz about production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, we’ve seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Last year, Netflix announced that they were going for the big grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans elated in updates about “Selena: The Series” from Netflix and the Quintanilla family, it seems the late singer’s husband has not been in the loop at all.

Perez, who was married to Quintanilla from 1992 until her death in 1995, recently complained about his lack of involvement in the series.

Speaking about the Netflix original, which is said to debut this summer and was developed and executive produced alongside the Quintanilla family, Perez said he hasn’t even seen the script.

“Here is a pic I just saw of the actor playing me in the Netflix series. For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on…..but, I’d love to find out,” he wrote in an Instagram post which featured the image of the actor, Jesse Posey, set to portray him.

“Selena: The Series,” is set to premiere this year and chronicle the singer’s rise to stardom.

The series was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix in December of 2018. This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit,  Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.

Back in 2016, we reported on a story about a lawsuit between Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Perez which take place the widow’s attempt to develop of a television series based on Perez’s “unauthorized” memoir To Selena, With Love. Perez’s lawyers asked State District Judge Guy Williams to dismiss the lawsuit against him from Selena’s dad, citing his First Amendment right to free speech, but the judge ruled in favor of Quintanilla.

Looks like the animosity between the Quintanillas and Perez lives on. Here’s hoping they come together soon.

Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s life is officially getting the Hollywood treatment.

The Black NFL quarterback has announced that he has joined forces with film director Ava DuVernay for a Netflix series titled Colin in Black & White. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scripted limited drama has been picked to go straight to series.

DuVernay’s six-episode series will take an intimate look at Kaepernick’s childhood, life in high school years, and all of the experiences that led him to become an activist today.

Kaepernick will appear in the series as himself and is set to narrate. An actor will play the younger version of Kaepernick. According to THR, “Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury will pen the script and serve as exec producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury previously teamed with DuVernay on Netflix’s Peabody-winning limited series When They See Us, based on the Central Park 5.”

Speaking about her decision to produce a film about the NFL player, DuVernay said that “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.” 

Netflix says that the drama was conceived back in 2019 and scripts were completed this past May.

The series will look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up in a white household that adopted him all while training to become a competitive quarterback while determining his own identity.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick told THR. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

“We’re proud to bring Colin’s experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world,” Cindy Holland, VP originals at Netflix, told THRr. “It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it’s like to be Black in America.”

Kaepernick’s influence on the current BLM movement is expanding.

In 2016, the football player set out to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systematic oppression ahead of a San Francisco 49ers game by kneeling during the national anthem. His act of protest ultimately roused polarizing conversations amongst athletes, NFL officials, and fans. At the time President Trump demanded NFL team owners fire Kaepernick along with any other players who protested during the national anthem. Eventually, Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against the NFL. He claimed that the organization and its owners had colluded to keep him out of the league.

In February, he signed a deal with Audible to create multiple projects, including for his upcoming memoir.

‘One Day At A Time’ Is Doing A Special Animated Episode After Production Shutdown Due To Coronavirus

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‘One Day At A Time’ Is Doing A Special Animated Episode After Production Shutdown Due To Coronavirus

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Update May 14, 2020, 11:52 p.m. PST: “One Day At A Time” is making an animation special to give their fans some love via the television. COVID-19 has halted production in Hollywood as Los Angeles fights the deadly viral outbreak. We now know who is going to be making the animation special even more special.

We finally know who is going to be joining the Alvarez family for the “One Day At A Time” animated special.

We were devastated when we first heard that ODAAT was getting canceled by Netflix. We were even more upset when we learned that Netflix was blocked the show from being carried on other streaming platforms. Fortunately, Pop TV came through and saved the show. Now, we will get a little more of the Alvarez family thanks to a new animated special.

Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Melissa Fumero will join the Alvarez family for the special.

Miranda had a big hand in saving the show about a Cuban family in Los Angeles. He took to social media after the show was canceled to rally his fans to get the show saved. The campaign worked and the show found a new home with Pop TV.

Fans are clearly very excited and can’t wait for the show to air.

We could all use something to brighten our spirits and moods. This animated special will be that for so many fans who can’t wait for the animated version of their favorite family.

Original: We’re never truly surprised when news that the team behind Pop TV’s “One Day At A Time” is cooking up something special. But the latest update about the show’s production truly has us floored, elated. You know: muy muy excited.

That’s right mi gente, One Day At A Time is getting the animation treatment!

The new take on the Norman Lear sitcom announced that it will produce an animated special available for viewing this spring.

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Similar to most film and television productions, the current season of One Day At a Time, set to be it’s fourth, was suspended this past March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Deadline, “Shortly after that, One Day At a Time executive producer/co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett, whose husband is a cartoonist, brought the idea of an animated episode with fellow executive producer/co-showrunner Mike Royce. The two took it to ODAAT producing studio Sony Pictures TV, which helped get the ball rolling.”

“In my 97 years, I’ve never known of a multicam comedy to animate a single episode as a special. Even this I get to experience,” Norman Lear, the creator of the original 1975 series and executive producer of the current reimagining said in a statement to Deadline.

The One Day At a Time animated special will center around the arrival and visit of Penelope’s conservative family.

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“Penelope dreads that with the election coming up, they won’t be able to avoid fighting over politics,” reports Deadline. “The Alvarez family spends the episode discussing strategies of how to get through it, illustrated through fantasy sequences. Jonas Diamond, Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto will be overseeing the animation. The cast will all voice their own characters and will be joined by celebrity guests to be announced at a later date.”

The special episode will not be connected to any of the storylines introduced in the new season.

“As we all know, it’s hard to keep One Day At a Time off the air. During this unprecedented time, we wanted to find a way to keep our family – on camera and behind the scenes – together and create more entertaining content for our fans who are self-distancing at home,” said Kellett, who has been leading an industry conversation to find solutions for safely restarting TV production. “This animated special gives us an exciting opportunity to imagine the Alvarez family in a colorful new way while continuing to tell important and relevant stories.”

There’s no doubt One Day At A Time has proven its perseverance since the start of its run.

With its current fourth season in the works, the ability of the show to persevere through times thick and thin. Last year, news that the sitcom following followed the life of a Cuban American family been canceled by Netflix brought out various criticisms from the show’s fans. The series was brought back by Pop TV.