ABC developing sitcom based on life of San Antonio's very own Shea Serrano

Sitcom to focus on experiences growing up in Mexican household


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio native Shea Serrano announced he is working with ABC on a sitcom based on his life growing up in a big, Mexican family with differing takes on manhood.

"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," Serrano nonchalantly tweeted on Friday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom will focus on Serrano's experience growing up with five uncles "who all have different perspectives on manhood."

"It feels good and it feels terrifying," Serrano said of the opportunity to have a show based on growing up in a Mexican household. "That’s a lot of pressure. It’s such a small group. George Lopez had a show. Cristela had a show. Jane the virgin has a show. It’s a small group to be in."

Veteran producer Mike Schur will produce the show and Serrano will write it. Serrano will also serve as a co-executive producer, according to THR.

Nothing is set in stone. Serrano is in the process of writing a script for ABC, but will have to contend with other storylines for a chance to have his ideas make air. As of now, ABC has purchased a "put-pilot," meaning they’ve committed to making a pilot episode of Serrano's storyline, and if the pilot doesn't air, ABC will owe the producers money.

Serrano was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Southwest High School. 

Serrano is a New York Times best-selling author responsible for The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979 Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed and his recently released Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated. He also writes for Bill Simmons' The Ringer.

Serrano currently lives in Houston, but was born and grew up in San Antonio. Prior to focusing on his career in writing, Serrano taught at a low income middle school in South Houston.