The Nickelodeon sitcom The Brothers Garcia, billed by the network as the first English-language sitcom to have an all Latino cast and creative team, is getting a reboot. Dubbed The Garcias, the sequel series is in the works at HBO Max from New Cadence Productions. The original six main cast members will be reprising their roles in the sequel, each of them playing older versions of their characters now with diverse families of their own.
"We want audiences to see that we are totally American and part of the 'new mainstream,'" exclaimed NCP Partner and show creator Jeff Valdez. "There are no themes of narcos, border walls, gang bangers or maids anywhere in this series - a fact that we are very proud of and hope that Hollywood will follow suit. We are extremely proud of the fact that this show will easily achieve 90+% positive Latino inclusion both in front of and behind the camera."
"We are excited to be partnering with WarnerMedia, who believes in the project and ordered 10 episodes," added Sol Trujillo, NCP Partner and global media-communications and technology icon. "The themes of our new series are aspirational and universal. The Garcias will be in English and, of course, every episode will end with the trademark, 'Todo para la familia,' which means 'Everything for the family.'"
Airing on Nickelodeon between 2000 and 2004, The Brothers Garcia consisted of four seasons with 52 overall episodes. It starred Carlos Lacamara as Ray, Ada Maris as Sonia, Jeffrey Licon as Carlos, Bobby Gonzalez as George, Vaneza Pitynski as Lorena, and Alvian Alvarez as Larry. The series is told from the point of view of Larry as he recounts growing up in the Latino-American Garcia family. John Leguizamo was also featured as the narrator and the voice of the adult Larry Garcia, but it's unclear at this time if he'll be involved in The Garcias.
Various guest stars were also featured in recurring roles in the original series. This includes comedian George Lopez who played Mr. Fender in a pair of episodes. You star Penn Badgley was also on the show in a recurring role as Eddie Bauer. Lupe Ontiveros (Selena), Kay Panabaker (Fame), and Camille Guaty (Prison Break) were also featured.
"This lil show began over two decades ago and when it wrapped I never thought I'd have the opportunity to bring Lorena's dramatics back to the screen," Lorena actress Vaneza Pitynski posted on Instagram. "And yet, here we are thanks to @hbomax and Jeff Valdez. I'm happy we're reuniting and getting the family back together, because as always, todo para la familia."
The Garcias will be shot on location in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, in a town called Puerto Aventuras. The eco-theme parks Xcaret, Xplor, and Xel-Ha will also be shooting locations, with each of these said to add a unique production value to the reboot series. The show is described as a "slice of life of an American family that just happens to be Latino." By shooting the series in San Antonio, Texas, and Mexico, the show juxtaposes an American Latino family in Mexico.
No release date has yet been set, but shooting is expected to begin in May. This news comes to us from New Cadence Productions.