NBC is currently developing a sitcom featuring two veterans of the stand-up comedy world, according to Deadline. The currently untitled production promises to give viewers an “irreverent” glimpse into three generations of a Chicano family. The sitcom stars Cheech Marin (the grandfather), Paul Rodriguez (the father), and Paul Rodriguez Jr. (the son).
This isn’t the first time Cheech and Paul Rodriguez have worked together.
Cheech and the senior Rodriguez worked together in the 1987 classic “Born In East LA” and again a few years later, in “A Million To Juan.” According to Deadline, the sitcom, which is currently in development, has been a “passion project” for Paul Sr.
The younger Rodriguez, known for his skateboarding skills, will be given a chance to show off his comedic acting.
Other than his starring role in 2009’s “Street Dreams“, which was produced by Rob Dyrdek (“Ridiculousness” and “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”), P-Rod isn’t necessarily known for his acting chops. However, comedy is definitely in his blood, so it could be fun to see him flex those skills.
Three generations of a Latino family is how it goes on television.
With little information to go on, the upcoming NBC comedy features one standard of Latino representation on television. In the last few years we’ve seen “Jane The Virgin” and the recently-released Netflix remake of “One Day At A Time,” which both feature the relationships between three generations of Latinos. While family is definitely important, it would be nice to see young Latinos on television who aren’t always tied to this tried-and-true formula. It’s nice to see Latinos getting acting work; however, if it’s all the same kind of work, mainstream audiences may end up getting burned out.