Netflix continues to expand and add to its ever-impressive slate. Their latest signing promises to be as singular and unique as other original Netflix shows like Orange Is The New Black and Narcos.
According to Deadline, the streaming giant has just set up a new series from Mexican filmmaker Manolo Caro for the network. The as-yet-untitled series will be a half-hour dark comedy, and the premise is a doozy.
The show will center on a seemingly picture-perfect family that runs a flower shop, who secretly have lots of skeletons in their closets. A huge one comes to light when the patriarch's mistress suddenly dies and he decides to bring the children he had with her into his home to live with his wife and kids. Her family didn't know about the mistress, let alone that he had a whole other family out there. It's under these unique circumstances that the darkly humorous series will explore themes of forgiveness, protection, and compassion for our loved ones.
Caro is known for films like Tales Of An Immoral Couple, Elvira I’ll Give You My Life But I’m Using It, Love Of My Loves, and I Don’t Know Whether To Slit My Veins Or Leave Them Long. Netflix is proud to have the Mexican artist join their stable of creators. The network's VP of international originals says that the success of Club De Cuervos has justified their "bet on Mexican talent and productions like the upcoming Ingobernable, and this new project with Manolo."
This new series from Manolo Caro is set to start filming in Mexico next year, and all 13-episodes will be released across all 190 of Netflix's territories when they're ready.
It's a racy premise, for sure. It reminds me of my aunt's primetime ABC sitcom from 1987, I Married Dora. In that show, she played Dora- a housekeeper who marries her boss for a green card and then, as luck should have it, the two of them actually fall in love. It wasn't very PC back then, and there was backlash against the premise. I'd like to think that audiences in 2017 will be much more open to something that plays with latino stereotypes, especially when it's being made by actual latinos.
She's been in my thoughts a lot lately, as the second anniversary of her passing is coming up this Saturday, and I was the one who broke the tragic news to the world...
Anyway, this series sounds like it could be pretty damn good.