Leave it to our gal Gina Rodriguez to be a beacon of light during these troubling times in our country and world.
The actress is hard at work on two television series that will focus on underrepresented voices.
Rodriguez, a longtime advocate for more diverse representation in the media, is developing series for the CW and CBS with her production company I Can & I Will Productions.
One series, to play on CBS, is entitled Have Mercy. Deadline states that the series,
“Centers around a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.”
The other, simply entitled Illegal, is based on the real-life story of Rafael Agustin, a writer for Jane the Virgin. Agustin will write and co-produce the series that he calls an “undocumented family sitcom.” The series is described as
“A light one-hour about sixteen-year-old Rafael. He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”
These two series are certainly very timely and critical, and we love that they are coming from such hardworking and inspirational actors and producers in the business.
As these series are in the early stages of development, there is no word yet on casting or premiere dates.