Nickelodeon Renews “The Brothers Garcia” for Third Season & TV Movie in 2002

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via Nickelodeon press release:


Full-Length Television Movie Based on Award-Winning Series Also in Development

Santa Monica, CA — Sept. 10, 2001 – Nickelodeon’s hit primetime, live-action comedy The Brothers Garcia has been renewed for a third season, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Nickelodeon. Eleven new episodes of the show will begin production in October in Hollywood. The Brothers Garcia, which made television history in July 2000 as the first English Language sitcom with an all-Latino cast and creative team of writers, directors and producers, will also be featured in a 90-minute tele-film to air on Nickelodeon in the 2002 season.

“Kids across the country have spoken through the past season’s ratings for The Brothers Garcia,” said Zarghami. “We are pleased to bring our viewers more episodes of the fun, family-driven storylines in this series and a television movie that promises new adventures for the Garcia kids.”

The Brothers Garcia recounts the everyday coming-of-age stories of three brothers and their sister growing up in San Antonio, Texas. Since its second season premiere in SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon), the series ranks as the #1 show for kids (6-11) in its time slot, where it has consistently outperformed its broadcast and cable competition. As one of Nickelodeon’s hottest shows, The Brothers Garcia is tied with The Amanda Show as the network’s highest rated live-action series.

“The support for The Brothers Garcia from Nickelodeon, viewers and the community is truly inspiring,” said Jeff Valdez, Executive Producer of the series. “The enthusiasm for the show will allow us to take this next season and the TV movie to an even higher level of quality entertainment.”

The Brothers Garcia has been honored as a six-time nominee and winner of a prestigious 2001 ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series, along with Nickelodeon which received a Special Achievement Award for its leadership in children’s programming and for embracing cultural diversity. Among the numerous other accolades received by the series include The National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Award, The National Association of Minorities In Cable’s Vision Award and the IMAGEN Award for Best Prime Time Series.

The series features Alvin Alvarez (Larry), Jeffrey Licon (Carlos) and Bobby Gonzalez (George) as the Garcia brothers and Vaneza Leza Pitynski (Lorena) as their only sister. Carlos La Camara (Ray) and Ada Maris (Sonia) star as the Garcia parents. Actor/comedian John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge; Summer of Sam; To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar) narrates the family’s excursions through the reflective eyes of Larry, the youngest Garcia brother.

Jeff Valdez executive-produces The Brothers Garcia under the banner of Si TV, a Los Angeles and San Antonio-based company he founded with partner Bruce Barshop in 1997. Valdez also directs episodes of the series.

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