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Netflix Orders Family Comedy From Mario Lopez & Seth Kurland


Netflix has ordered the live-action Latinx family comedy series which was co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland.

"The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia" follows a titular 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist, who gets the chance to work for NASA. Upon accepting the job, she moves across the country to live with her fun-loving and irresponsible Uncle Victor, a pro football player-turned-high school coach. The series stars newcomer Paulina Chavez as Ashley and Jencarlos Canela ("Telenovela," "Grand Hotel") as Victor.

Lopez said in a statement announcing the deal: "I am excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix to tell a universal, family-friendly story with a Latin flavor!"

Kurland has previously been a producer on "Speechless" and "Melissa & Joey." He will showrun "Ashley Garcia" and is co-writing scripts with "Melissa & Joey" creator David Kendall. Kurland, Kendall and Lopez will all executive produce the series, which has a 16-episode season one order.

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