Netflix has ordered 16 episodes of The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, a multi-camera Latinx comedy series co-created by Mario Lopez and Speechless and Melissa & Joey producer Seth Kurland.
The news Thursday comes after Netflix in March opted to cancel another Latin-centered family comedy, a remake of Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time, after three seasons.
The Expanding Universe will center on Ashley Garcia (newcomer Paulina Chavez), the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist, who gets the chance to work for NASA. She moves across the country to live with her fun-loving Uncle Victor (Jencarlos Canela), a pro football player-turned-high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk.
Kurland is writing with Melissa & Joey creator David Kendall and will showrun the series. Kurland, Lopez and Kendall are executive producers. Mark Schulman at 3 Arts Entertainment will serve as a consultant.
Netflix’s current live-action family comedy series include No Good Nick, Alexa & Katie and the upcoming Malibu Rescue, Family Reunion, Team Kaylie. Also in the works is The Baby-Sitters Club from Walden Media and Michael De Luca.
Once Upon a Time producer Sony TV is currently shopping a deal to land the series elsewhere.
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