HBO Max has decided not renew Gordita Chronicles for a second season. The show was cancelled by the streaming platform on July 29th, just over a month after it launched. It did so because there wasn’t enough interest in live-action family programming.
Claudia Forestieri, creator of Gordita ChroniclesTweeted her disappointment at the show’s conclusion, writing “Cucu needs a new casa people.” Executive producer Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz also commented, calling the cancellation “a load of lemons.”She sounded still optimistic about landing somewhere else. “But Gorditas make lemonade! We’re shopping for a shiny new spot.”
— Claudia Forestieri (@PlanetClaudia) July 29, 2022
— Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (@brigliebs) July 29, 2022
Gordita Chronicles HBO Max released a statement regarding the series, which is a 1980s come-of-age comedy series that focuses on the experiences of the Latino community. Deadline explaining the decision to cancel. “Live-action, kids and family programming will not be part of our programming focus in the immediate future, and as a result, we’ve had to make the very difficult decision to end Gordita Chronicles at HBO Max,”A spokesperson for the streamer stated.”
“The series earned critical acclaim and a loyal following, and we are proud to have worked with creator Claudia Forestieri and our two powerhouse executive producers, Eva Longoria (who also masterfully directed the pilot) and Zoe Saldaña, to bring Cucu’s journey to the screen. We are grateful to them and the talented cast for creating such an inspiring show that resonated deeply with an important audience.
Longoria and Saldaña also released a joint statement, expressing disappointment over the news. “We are deeply disappointed by the HBO Max programming changes that won’t allow us to air our special show. Gordita Chronicles, showrun by LatinX comedy powerhouse Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, to have a second season at its original home.”
“As storytellers and producers, we are constantly looking for original stories that celebrate our community’s joy, talent, and passion. We are so proud to have created this piece.” the statement continued.
“We are still overwhelmed by the positive and growing critical response to our show. This shows that viewers understand the importance of the show’s existence as well as the vital space it fills for LatinX content within the media landscape.”Sony Pictures Television is reportedly shopping Gordita Chronicles to other networks, and the show is gaining support online for a possible revival.
Mike Royce, the showrunner for One Day at a Time, which got a second life at Pop and CBS after its cancellation by Netflix, shared his support on Instagram.”Here is the sad state of television today – this show came out 34 days ago, got great reviews… and was just cancelled. Gordita ChroniclesWill be looking for a new home, and rightfully so.