HBO Cancels Another Latinx Series, ‘Gordita Chronicles’

Since HBO Max no longer prioritizes children’s programming, the Latinx comedy Gordita Chronicles, set in the 1980s, has been canceled.

A representative for the streaming service said in a statement, “Live-action kids and family programming will not be part of our programming focus in the immediate future,” explaining why the network had to make the “very difficult decision” to cancel Gordita Chronicles.

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Gordita Chronicles followed the life of 12-year-old Dominican girl Cucu Castelli (Olivia Goncalves) as she came of age in Miami. It was inspired by creator Claudia Forestieri’s upbringing in a Hispanic family in the United States. On June 23, all 10 of the comedy’s episodes became available.

HBO Cancels Gordita Chronicles

Noah Rico, Savannah Nicole Ruiz, Juan Javier Cardenas, and Diana Maria Riva also appeared in the show.

“The series earned critical acclaim and a loyal following, and we are proud to have worked with creator Claudia Forestieri and our two powerhouse executive producers, Eva Longoria (who also masterfully directed the pilot) and Zoe Saldana, to bring Cucu’s journey to the screen,” the HBO Max statement said. “We thank them and the talented cast and crew for creating such a heartfelt, groundbreaking show that connected deeply with a very important demographic.”

HBO Cancels Another Latinx Series, 'Gordita Chronicles'
HBO Cancels Another Latinx Series, ‘Gordita Chronicles’

“We are heartbroken by the larger programming changes at HBO Max that will not allow our special show that is Gordita Chronicles, show-run by Latinx comedy powerhouse Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, to have a second season at its original home,” Longoria and Saldana said in a joint statement.

“As producers and storytellers who are continually seeking out the authentic and original stories that highlight our community’s joy and talent, we are so proud to have worked on this piece of magic. We continue to be blown away by the overwhelmingly positive critical response coupled with our growing audience numbers, which prove that viewers recognize the importance of this show’s existence and the crucial space it is filling for Latinx content in the media landscape.”

Over Twitter on Friday, Forestieri said, “Cucu needs a new casa, people.”

Other showrunners took to social media, using the hashtag #SaveGorditaChronicles to express their support for the show. Quinta Brunson, the creator of Abbott Elementary, expressed her hope that the Gordita Chronicles would be picked up by a new publisher in a tweet.

In an Instagram post, One Day at a Time showrunner Mike Royce commented,  “Here is the sad state of television today — this show came out 34 days ago, got great reviews… and was just canceled. Gordita Chronicles will be trying to find a new home, and deservedly so.”

Royce knows the pain of having a beloved show canceled, as Netflix did in 2019 with One Day at a Time after three seasons. In 2020, Pop TV picked it up and aired the fourth season before canceling it.

After only one season of the kid-friendly Head of the Class reboot on HBO Max, the streaming service is focusing on programming aimed at teenagers. This week saw the premiere of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin on HBO Max, a modern update on Freeform’s seven-season hit, and the renewal of the Gossip Girl revival.

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