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ABC Orders Culture-Straddling Comedies 'Cristela' and 'Fresh off the Boat'

After canceling a ton of shows last week, ABC has added two new comedies to its lineup both centered on family and cultural identity, THR reports. The first series order goes to Cristela, a semi-autobiographical multi-cam show by and starring standup Cristela Alonzo as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either." The second show to land a series order is Fresh off the Boat from Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan. Based on the Eddie Huang memoir of the same name, Fresh off the Boat follows a family of Taiwanese Americans as they "try to live [...]

Cristela Alonzo's Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Lands Pilot Presentation at ABC

Standup Cristela Alonzo — who got a Comedy Central half-hour special last year — has been given a pilot presentation for a semi-autobiographical multi-cam comedy she created and stars in. According to Deadline, Cristela follows the standup as "an American Latina straddling 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." The show is co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench and [...]

Talking to Cristela Alonzo About 'The Half Hour', Her Development Deal, and Working Herself to Death

For the past 15 years, Comedy Central’s half hour specials have showcased the future stars of standup. Looking back, the early years of Comedy Central Presents included memorable sets from the likes of Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Dane Cook and dozens more. Re-branded The Half Hour in 2012, the series continues to feature the best up-and-coming comics in the country.

For many comedians, it’s that history that makes doing a half hour special so significant. While a half hour may once have been a comic’s first major exposure, comedians now have many ways to build an audience. Almost everyone who taped a special this year does non-standup comedy [...]