1990s drama Party of Five reboot involves deported parents


The new series is headed by the show’s original creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser and comes as millions of Latinos in the U.S. “We have told this story before but it was imaginary,” Lippman said. Advertising

The new show will follow the Acosta children as they work through an unsettling future when their parents are abruptly deported to Mexico. But she said the pair changed their minds after reading front-page newspaper stories about Latino children being separated from their parents. wrestle with the uncertainty around deportations and aggressive immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. “I haven’t seen a drama, mainstream show like this,” Zepeda-Millán said. The original series, which ran from 1994 to 2000 on Fox, centered on the Salinger family whose parents died in a car accident caused by a drunken driver. “Its success will depend on how the characters are portrayed.”
Lippman said the show has hired a mostly Latino writing staff. Advertising

Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star a Latino cast. “In the previous show, we didn’t need to be specific to a culture or a political climate,” she said. Michal Zebede serves as co-executive producer and writer. After struggling with low ratings its first two seasons, the series developed a loyal following especially among members of Generation X who identified with the themes of absent Baby Boomer parents, tight finances amid high divorce rates and the effects of a long economic recession. 0
Comment(s) No premiere date has been announced. “It’s an American story that has been going on for decades,” Zepeda-Millán said. That factor will showcase the ongoing anxiety the family must confront daily, she said
Chris Zepeda-Millán, a Chicana/o Studies and public policy professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, said it’s telling that a mainstream television network is taking a chance on series focusing on the issue of immigration status. Advertising

Rodrigo Garcia serves as executive producer and directed the pilot for the Party of Five reboot. “Now it will get some mainstream exposure through the very powerful media of television.”

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Zepeda-Millán said the few television shows featuring Latino characters have been largely comedies. “Now it’s actually a story that is playing out all over the country.”
The original series drew praise from critics from its writing and strong acting and won the 1996 Golden Globe for Best Drama. It will star Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado and Elle Paris Legaspi. Popular Photos

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Lippman said because of the ongoing saga of Latino families facing separation, the time was right to reimagine the show for a new generation facing specific challenges and to illustrate those threats to a diverse audience. “This family is very concerned about (its) status.”
While most of the Acosta children are American born, Lippman said one has DACA — temporary protection granted to some young immigrants under the Obama Administration-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Lippman told The Associated Press she and Keyser have turned down previous offers to bring back the show over concerns they didn’t want to simply recycle the same storyline with new actors.