Univision is launching…La Fabrica, a Spanish and English initiative that will produce original Web video series.
ABC has given a pilot order…based on Eddie Huang’s memoir…set in the ’90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture.
The decisions that Maddow makes go a long way toward defining what MSNBC is…Phil Griffin, the president, calls Maddow “our quarterback,” the person who sets the tone for the network…and Griffin has spent the past two and a half years reinventing the network in Maddow’s image. At almost any time of the day, you can turn it on and encounter someone whose liberalism is earnest, upbeat, and perhaps a little wonky. Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the network’s rising stars, is a Tulane professor who rallies her followers on Twitter with the hashtag #Nerdland…
a bit more, here. full piece is published on paper.
"You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic. It’s useful."
more, plus an audio interview with Jenji Kohan, showrunner for Orange Is the New Black