Cristela Alonzo Hopes to Inspire With Her New Sitcom “Cristela”

Cristela AlonsoRising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo remains in fall contention at ABC. Alonzo has been given a pilot presentation for her semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy, Cristela.  The pilot taping is scheduled for next week on March 27th in Los Angeles.

Listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing the cast of ten, led by Alonzo. The multi camera comedy show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother pesters her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience.

Alonzo shared through her website blog, “I’m attempting to bring a family show that will focus on a Latino family. I want to tell a story about a family that is trying to get by, a family that loves each other, a family that everyone can relate to… a show that could possibly inspire other little kids living in small towns across the country to feel like they’re capable of chasing after a dream and achieving it…just like Roseanne and The Cosby Show did for me.”

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20th TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps/Adelstein produce, with Alonzo, Hench, Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements executive producing. Alonzo, originally from the south Texas border town of San Juan, has appeared on Conan, Live At Gotham and Last Comic Standing. She is with WME and Andy Corren Management.

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