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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
One Day at a Time and Vida team to fight the separation of immigrant families at the border
The two Latino series are “teaming up to end family separation at the border,” One Day at a Time co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted, urging writer to donate "to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release." Vida creator Tanya Saracho used the hashtag #OneVidaataTime and a photo of her "beautiful writers room" to urge other Latino series, Jane the Virgin and ABC's upcoming Grand Hotel, to join in their fight. The border separation controversy has become heated in recent days as TV producers like Modern Family's Steven Levitan and Judd Apatow have called out Fox News' slanted coverage on the immigration debate.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Starz renews Vida for Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Vida has delivered on its promise of attracting a young, new Latinx audience to the Starz platform, as we had hoped it would, and we are pleased to be able to announce a second season of the series,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “With these new episodes, (creator Tanya Saracho) and her team now have the opportunity to take audiences even deeper into the lives and community of the Hernandez sisters, and we look forward to bringing the next chapter of their story to life.”
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
How Vida filmed its "radical" lesbian sex scene
“It’s a radical act to put two brown bodies on the screen already, but to put two queer bodies having queer sex like this is a political act,” creator Tanya Saracho says of Episode 3 of her Starz series. “I knew, if we got it right, it was going to be really important because we don’t see this representation, this imagery, ever, really. I’m so proud of it.”
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Vida tackles gentrification in a fresh, new way
The Starz drama about Mexican-American sisters that is staffed by a writers room of exclusively Latinx writers "doesn’t address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue," says Jen Chaney, "it’s embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays." She adds: "Scripted TV has tackled the subject of gentrification a lot in the recent past. Search Party, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, She’s Gotta Have It, Girls, the web series The North Pole, BoJack Horseman, The Last O.G., High Maintenance: In ways large and small, all of these shows and others have shed light on what the transformation of American cities (mostly New York and L.A.) looks like, from the perspective of the young people doing the gentrifying and the neighborhood old-timers watching their communities get whited out. But even in this environment, the new Starz series Vida feels like something new."
- Vida has a so-so family tale, but it delves effortlessly into the compelling drama of gentrification
- Vida is able to able to avoid centering its stories of otherness, migration, and gentrification on whiteness
- Vida gives short shrift to issues that trouble Mexican-American culture
- Starz approached creator Tanya Saracho with the basic idea for Vida: "They wanted a female millennial show about gentefication, which is the gentrification of a Latinx space"