Starz has given a series order to half-hour drama Vida, a project originally put into development in January 2016.
“Tanya [Saracho] explores identity, culture, gender and sexuality through the lens of a Latinx family and their community. It’s a deeply personal and relatable series about coming back home and finally growing up,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Vida reflects the intersecting worlds of Latin and American descendants of all genders and sexualities and speaks to the heart of Starz’s programming commitment to present compelling stories for traditionally underserved audiences. We are very proud to work with Tanya and help bring her vision to life.”
From Tanya Saracho (Looking), Vida tells the story of Mexican-American sisters Emma (Veronica Osorio) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), who are brought back together after years of estrangement when they’re confronted with the truth about their mother’s identity. The series will be the second half-hour drama currently on Starz following acclaimed anthology The Girlfriend Experience.
Osorio has appeared on episodes of Girlboss, The Carmichael Show, and Loosely Exactly Nicole, while this will be Barrera’s first American television credits following stints on Perseguidos and Siempre Tuya Acapulco.
Further casting for Vida should be announced in the coming months.
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