THR reports that Mike Schur’s long-gestating sitcom with Ringer staff writer Shea Serrano has landed at IMDb TV, years after the series, Primo, was being developed at ABC. Inspired by Serrano’s life growing up in Texas, Primo tells the story of a “Mexican American teenager balancing cultural norms, college aspirations, societal expectations, and the hectic home life of being raised by his single mom and five uncles.” When the show was originally announced in 2017, Serrano said that he was “tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV,” so he pitched the idea to Schur, whose wildly successful carousel of sitcoms include Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, and the newly-released Rutherford Falls. Photo: David Buchan/Shutterstock
Coming from a man who created the elusive Museum of Human Misery and Pawnee Commons, this seems oddly appropriate. IMDb TV is backed by Amazon and offers free and ad-supported subscriptions, because we need another streamer to think about. Related
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The unnamed show’s fictionalized family will include “five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood,” which sounds like it could be like the afterlife, a police precinct, and a close-knit town full of cuddly characters all rolled up into one excellent Mike Schur comedy. Brown/Getty Images
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Schur, creator of The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and two other upcoming comedies will also be developing a pilot with Shea Serrano, staff writer at the Ringer and author of the 2015 New York Times best-seller The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed. ABC already has made a put-pilot commitment for the script, which is based on Serrano’s real life growing up in San Antonio. got tired of waiting for there to be more mexicans on TV so i asked @KenTremendous to help me try & make a family sitcom for ABC about them pic.twitter.com/0DptymroRQ— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 21, 2017
a million thank yous + hugs to @KenTremendous & his team & @ABCNetwork for helping baby-step me through all of this — it's all v terrifying— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) October 21, 2017
Tags: “Got tired of waiting for there to be more Mexicans on TV so I asked @KenTremendous to help me try & make a family sitcom for ABC about them,” the author announced on Twitter. Photo: Frederick M.