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ABC picks up 'Cristela' for a full season

ABC’s freshman comedy Cristela has been picked up for a full season, EW has confirmed. READ FULL STORY

Roseanne Barr heads to ABC's 'Cristela'

Roseanne Barr is returning to ABC. The comedian has landed a guest-starring role on the network’s new comedy Cristela, EW has learned exclusively.

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'Cristela' premiere react: Pretty funny in two languages

The non-CBS laugh-tracked multi-cam sitcom might not be having the comeback many had hoped for (sorry, Mulaney), but tonight’s premiere of ABC’s Cristela is certainly a good argument for the format.

At its core, the series is traditional family comedy, set in a Cowboys-loving Texas household. The Hispanic family is made up of the three generations, trading quips in English and, occasionally, in Spanish. Luckily, it’s pretty funny in both languages. The show’s star quip-trader is Cristela, played by the talented comic Cristela Alonzo. She’s magnetic, and a lot of the show’s charms come directly from her strengths as a performer. READ FULL STORY

Critics push ABC to explain diverse fall lineup—and how Jewish 'The Goldbergs' are

ABC has one of the most diverse fall programming slates in TV history, and critics want to know why.

At the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday, ABC chief Paul Lee fielded questions from reporters pushing for a more detailed explanation for why ABC greenlit three ethnic family comedies (Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, Cristela Alonzo’s Cristela, and Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat, coming midseason), plus another drama series starring a black actress, Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder.

“We’re taking a very good step along that journey,” Lee told critics at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. “To be able to pull this off, you need not just stars on air… you need storytellers and executives”—such as the ones present at that very panel. “I’m very proud—if you look at the back of the room [referencing the various executives in attendance], it’s a very diverse group of people,” Lee continued. “You need the people telling the stories to truly reflect America as it is.” READ FULL STORY

ABC's new fall shows: A snap judgment

Superheroes and fairy tales dominated the midseason lineup at ABC’s upfront presentation, with shows like Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter coming soon. “We may be a terrible network,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, “but we are a great birthday party for a 6-year-old.” But for fall, ABC stuck to the basics: broad comedies, police procedurals, and Shonda Rhimes, whom ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee described as the Charles Dickens of our generation. Her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, isn’t exactly Great Expectations, but it might be the only new ABC series worth watching. Quick takes on the others follow below. READ FULL STORY

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