HBO Max Cancels ‘Gordita Chronicles’ After One Season – News Kidda

HBO Max has canceled its comedy Gordita Chroniclesa move that the streamer believes is motivated by a change in strategy at the parent company.

The show, which revolves around a 12-year-old Dominican girl (Oliva Goncalves) in 1980s Miami, debuted on June 23 in its entire first — and now only — season. An HBO Max spokesperson said in a statement that the show fell victim to a shift in priorities for the streamer.

“Live-action children’s and family programming will not be part of our programming focus for the foreseeable future, and as a result, we have had to make the very difficult decision to discontinue Gordita Chronicles at HBO Max,” the statement reads. “The series has received critical acclaim and a loyal following, and we’re proud to have partnered with creator Claudia Forestieri and our two powerful executive producers, Eva Longoria (who also masterfully directed the pilot) and Zoe Saldaña, to bring Cucu’s journey to the to bring up the screen. We thank them and the talented cast and crew for creating such a heartfelt, groundbreaking show that was closely linked to a very important demographic.”

Sony Pictures Television produced the series, whose creator Forestieri based herself on her own life. The cast also includes Diana Maria Riva, Juan Javier Cardenas, Savannah Nicole Ruiz, Noah Rico, Cosette Hauer and Dascha Polanco. Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz was showrunner.

“We are heartbroken by the major programming changes at HBO Max that will not allow our special show, that is Gordita Chronicles, show run from Latinx comedy powerhouse Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, to have a second season in its original home,” executive producers Longoria and Saldaña said in a statement. “As producers and storytellers in constant search of the authentic and original stories that highlight the joy and talent of our community, we are so proud to have worked on this piece of magic. We continue to be amazed at the overwhelmingly positive critical response combined with our growing audience, proving that viewers recognize the importance of this show’s existence and the critical space it fills for Latinx content in the media landscape.”

Since the parent company of HBO Max, WarnerMedia and Discovery completed their merger in the spring, Warner Bros. Discovery made a number of strategy changes, particularly with the cable channels TBS, TNT and TruTV – where a continued shift from original script programming has accelerated. The company is all-in on a streaming-first strategy, but family programming hasn’t had a huge presence in the more than two years of HBO Max’s existence. WBD will continue to develop animated projects aimed at younger viewers through its Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation branch.

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