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Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Grey's Anatomy's DACA-themed episode enlisted the help of a nonprofit devoted to immigrant portrayals
The nonprofit Define American is dedicated to humanizing immigrants in media, having previously worked with 23 film and TV projects last year, including Superstore. ALSO: Here are seven predictions for how Arizona and April's Grey's exits.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
Apple developing immigrant anthology series Little America from The Big Sick Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
The married couple, who are up for best original screenplay Academy Award for the movie inspired by their lives, are teaming with Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and SMILF executive producer Lee Eisenberg on the half-hour anthology series. “Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It is described as a funny, romantic, heartfelt and inspiring look beyond the headlines at the lives of immigrants in America at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The Party of Five reboot is one of seven new TV projects that shine a spotlight on immigrants
Concurrent with the DACA debate, immigration has become a hot topic this pilot season. “It’s such a present issue,” says Party of Five co-creator Amy Lippman, who is behind the immigration reboot of her 1990s Fox drama. “It’s unavoidable and heartbreaking and it’s on the news every single night. And all these show creators are feeling that same incredibly rich source of storytelling.” Lippman says she doesn’t mind there being so many shows focused on immigrants on the works: “Nobody ever said, why are there two shows about white people and white people’s families? It’s at the heart of the debate about what this country is and what it’s going to be,” she adds. “It triggers all of that.”
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
The Good Place actor reveals he’s an undocumented immigrant
Bambadjan Bamba, who revealed to the Los Angeles Times how he arrived in the United States as a child from war-torn Côte d’Ivoire, says he’s encountered barriers in attempting to apply for legal status. The Good Place creator Michael Schur says of Bamba: “I didn't know he was technically undocumented until today, and finding out only makes him more impressive to me — that he accomplished so much while living under that cloud of uncertainty.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 1:45PM EDT
Jeff Ross to takes on the immigration debate in Jeff Ross Roasts the Border
Comedy Central will show Jeff Ross Roasts the Border: Live from Brownsville, Texas, part standup and part documentary special, on Nov. 16.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
TV shows about immigrants are suddenly all the rage
The Trump administration’s ramping up of deportations and cracking down on illegal immigration has inspired the reboots of popular TV shows, as well as potential new network series. That’s in addition to immigration being a hot topic on such shows like Fresh Off the Boat, Jane the Virgin and Superstore. Roswell and Party of Five are both being rebooted with an immigration twist, while Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time was remade with a Latino family that has an undocumented immigrant character. CBS’ In the Country We Love and CW’s Case are also shows in development that tackle undocumented immigration.
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 4:30PM EDT
Roswell is getting a CW reboot with "an immigrant twist"
The 1999-2002 WB teen drama that featured Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks and Shiri Appleby in early roles is getting a "timely reboot," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new Roswell, to be penned by The Originals producer Carina MacKenzie, has the following logline: "After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life..."
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 3:06PM EDT
A Party of Five reboot with a Latino immigration twist is in the works
The creators of the nineties Fox drama series, Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, are developing a new version of Party of Five that’s still in early development, without a network. It will revolve around a first-generation Latino immigrant family in the United States.