Last week, ABC announced they are developing a sitcom about a Mexican-American family based on the life of writer Shea Serrano. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is based on Serrano’s experience of “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”
Not familiar with Shea Serrano? Over the last few years, Serrano has gone from being a funny Twitter follow to a two-time New York Times best-selling author. Along the way, his witty, humorous takes on basketball (and other things) has helped him build a dedicated fan base, the FOH Army, who are ready to support Serrano in myriad ways, including raising money for charity.
Shea Serrano was a middle school teacher who picked up freelance writing to make ends meet. Serrano says he was “forced” to join Twitter in 2009 after getting a freelance gig for About.com.
looking to hire an intern ur 1st job is bring 2 bean & cheese tacos & 1 carne guisada & cheese taco to my office (after that you're fired)
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) August 18, 2016
I started following him in 2013 because his Twitter profile pic was Miklo Velka from “Blood In Blood Out.”
Blood In Blood Out and don't you ever ask me anything like that again https://t.co/AVqzEncEk7
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 19, 2017
It was super rare to see a Latino on Twitter talking genuinely about his life and culture in a hilarious yet touching way. And as his gained followers, others in started to notice. He’s written for various publications, most notably Grantland and now The Ringer.
Here’s a tiny portion of tweets that prove Serrano is an all-star on Twitter:
aye listen up cuz this is important fuck donald trump forever and fuck anyone who stands with him hi how are ya good morning
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) September 23, 2017
i fucking CANNOT WAIT for this fire Fat Kanye album we're gonna get https://t.co/M5VNxlovlF
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) September 22, 2017
ultimate flex: beyonce wrote a whole album about jay cheating and then made him sit there and hold her child while she won a grammy for it
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 13, 2017
oh shit hillary showed up in the all-white tupac suit the debate is over pic.twitter.com/mdpPQUapla
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 20, 2016
In 2013, he published “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”
The book, developed with fellow Texan Bun B (of UGK fame), featured coloring pages, paper dolls and other fun things for rap fans to do. It wasn’t just about Bun B — it featurs rappers such as Drake, Tupac and Childish Gambino. Fans loved it.
He followed that with “The Rap Year Book” in 2015, which put Serrano on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Yeah, you can say that pretty much catapulted him to another level of awesome.
This month, Serrano released “Basketball (and Other Things),” his third book.
Basketball (And Other Things) is flying off the shelves. Come in now and pick up the book that asks the real important questions (Was Kobe Bryant A Dork?) #sheaserrano #basketballandotherthings #waskobebryantadork #nerdbasketball #askquestions #bnbookpassion #bnwedoimportantwork #bnirvinespectrum #barnesandnoble #irvinespectrum #books #booklyfe #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bookshelf #books4life #shoplocal #localbookstore
The book is based on Serrano’s email newsletter, which feature Serrano’s riffs on basketball, hip-hop, and pop culture as well as illustrations by Arturo Torres.
In a conversation with mitú, Serrano talked a bit about his latest project, a collaboration with Mike Schur, creator of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation.”
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 21, 2017
What is it like to be a superstar?
[Laughs] I don’t know that that is the case. I stopped teaching about two years ago, which is not that long ago. But, yeah, it feels weird and fake.
What made you stop teaching?
I was in a position to be able to write and pay all the bills that we needed to pay. Before then it was a joined thing. I had to combine the teacher money and the writing money to get to where we needed to be.
What does your wife think about your latest project?
She was excited about it. Larami and I actually came up with the idea for the show together. She was excited because that was the first time her and I officially worked on something. Before then, I would ask her about writing and it was like, “How can I fix this? How do I fix that?” So with this thing, with the TV show, we were sitting down together and coming up with ideas and writing this thing as a partnership. So she was really excited about it, and I was too because she’s a lot smarter than I am. And I knew it was going to be good if she was putting her energy into it.
So she’ll be credited on the show.
Yeah, hopefully, it’ll be one of those situations like, “Created by Larami Serrano and Shea Serrano, and written by Shea Serrano.”
Can you tell us what the show will be about?
I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about it just yet because it’s still developing. But it will star Mexicans, which will be cool.
What I’m most excited about is that its not like, “Hey, let’s sit around and talk about what it’s like being Mexican.” It’s not that. It’s more of a situation where they happen to be Mexican, but that’s just the wallpaper for the situation, but that’s not the big piece. [The show] will be based on when I lived in San Antonio before I met Larami.
What do your parents think about your new TV career?
I was keeping my mom and dad along with each step because it’s a long process to get to where we are. So by the time they announced it, they already knew that it was probably going to happen. So they were doing the parent thing like “We’re proud of you… whatever, it doesn’t matter.” My mom was like, “Am I on the show? What’s my character like??”
Serrano’s latest book, “Basketball (And Other Things)” debuted at number two on the New York Times best-sellers list (in the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous section).