ABC has put into development a family-themed drama named “Chicano,” inspired by Richard Vasquez’s novel, from from “Queen of the South” showrunner Natalie Chaidez, Eva Longoria and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. The proposed series tells the multi-generational saga of the Sandovals, a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream. It will follow the struggles and triumphs of the family from 1920 through present and explores the question of what it means to be American.
The studio behind “Chicano” is 20th Century Fox Television is the studio on the project, along with Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s Significant Productions. Doug Pray, who exec produced Apple documentary “Home” and HBO’s “The Defiant Ones,” is also an executive producer.
Chicano is just the first of many projects that we expect from Eva and Ben as we look to ramp up our slate of Latinx programming. As part of our studio family, they are valuable partners in helping us expand our commitment to compelling stories for underrepresented communities,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “With Forest, Nina, Natalie and Doug also at the helm of this project, we know we have the perfect powerhouse team to bring this Mexican-American family’s story to life and cultivate the next generation of Latinx storytelling.”