HBO Max orders Dominican family comedy from Sony Pictures Television

Eva Longoria (CC: Georges Biard)

HBO Max is pushing further into comedy with a Sony Pictures Television (SPT) series that has Eva Longoria attached.

Gordita Chronicles follows a willful, 12-year-old Dominican girl who struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream.

Longoria directed the pilot and will serve as executive producer for her Unbelievable Entertainment label, while Diana Maria Riva, Juan Javier Cardenas and Olivia Goncalves star.

US duo Cinestar Pictures and Osprey Productions, which has a five-year overall deal with the studio, are also attached.

Claudia Forestieri wrote the pilot and will also serve as executive producer, alongside Josh Berman (CSI), and Jennifer Robinson and Chris King of Osprey Productions. Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz will executive produce and showrun for Bons Mots Emporium, while Zoe Saldana, Mariel Saldana and Cisely Saldana are executive producers for their Cinestar Pictures banner.

Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content, said: “HBO Max is proud to work with the powerhouse Latinx talent in front of and behind the camera for this series, which we believe will resonate with all families.”

Jason Clodfelter, co-president of SPT Studios, said the show “reminds us of the iconic sitcom families we grew up watching, but none of those ever captured a Dominican family’s experience of coming to America. This show changes all of that, and we are thrilled and grateful to dive back in and make a wonderful series for our friends at HBO Max.”

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