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As the Latinx community remains wildly underrepresented in media — making up only 8% of series regular and recurring roles in scripted television, according to GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” report for 2018-19 — one way that statistic is being boosted is by producers working with known IP.
As “One Day at a Time” co-creator Gloria Calderón Kellett puts it, “There’s so many shows out there that you need a little something extra to make people check you out — whether that’d be a movie star or an already existing IP that you’re going to put another spin on.”
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The original “One Day at a Time,” which aired from 1975 to 1984, centered on a white single mother raising two daughters. However, the new version, which originated at Netflix but will continue on Pop TV, puts a Latina single mother who is raising two teenagers and living with her mother at the center of the story.
“One Day at a Time” is certainly not alone in utilizing a classic brand to shine a light on Latinx characters. In 2018, CBS ordered a new “Magnum P.I.” procedural with Jay Hernandez taking on the titular role, while the CW’s “Charmed” centers on a trio of witchy Latina sisters and its “Roswell, New Mexico” follows an undocumented Latina. Two upcoming shows are continuing the trend, too: reboots of ABC’s “Revenge” and Freeform’s “Party of Five.”...
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