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NBC Orders Dominican-American Sitcom “Vlad”

Diversity on TV is still pretty pathetic, but it is getting better. In the past year shows like Blackish, Fresh Off The Boat, and Jane The Virgin are pushing the lives of minority families into the TV spotlight. While most shows about Latinos have featured Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican characters, there hasn’t really been a show about one of the fastest growing Latino groups: Dominicans. Where I live in New York City, Dominicans are now the biggest Latino group. This is also true in parts of New Jersey and they are catching up to the Cubans and Puerto Ricans in South Florida. With that in mind, NBC has ordered a pilot from comedian Vladimir Caamaño, a Dominican-American, to create a show based on his stand-up of growing up in his immigrant family in the boogie down Bronx.It will be called Vlad.

Frankly, I’m all for it. The more Latinos on TV the better. After all, in many parts of the country we are the most populous group. Where I grew up in Pasadena, TX, my grandparents were one of the few Latino families when they moved there in 1971. Today, Pasadena and Harris County, (which includes most of the Houston Metroplex), is 51% Latino. This is just one example of many. While TV is still lily white, it is improving slowly. Now we need more Latinos behind the scenes as producers, writers, and directors. Namely me.

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