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Cristela Alonzo Latina Comedy From 20th Century Fox TV Gets ABC Order

Exclusive: Cristela, the semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, remains in fall contention at ABC. The network, which originally bought the 20th TV-backed comedy in August with a sizable penalty, has greenlighted what it calls “proof of concept” for the project, which has fans among ABC top brass. On the breakdown for Cristela released today, it is listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing a cast of 10, led by Alonzo. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience.
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Cristela Alonzo Latina Comedy From 21 Laps/Adelstein Lands At ABC With Penalty

Exclusive: Rising standup comedian Cristela Alonzo is headed to television. A half-hour multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring Alonzo has received a script commitment with a sizable penalty (said to be in the six figures) at ABC. Titled Cristela, the project, inspired by Alonzo’s life, is the story of an American Latina (Alonzo) straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Alonzo will co-write the script with writer-producer Kevin Hench. 20th Century Fox TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein produce, with Alonzo, Hench, Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements executive producing. Alonzo, originally from the south Texas border town of San Juan, has appeared on Conan, Live At Gotham and Last Comic Standing (see video of her stand-up below). She made her acting debut on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. Alonzo’s first stand-up special, The Half Hour, recently premiered on Comedy Central. She
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