Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland’s Latinx Comedy Gets Series Order at Netflix

16-episode series follows a 15-year-old rocket scientist

Last Updated: May 24, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Netflix has ordered a new Latinx comedy from Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland called “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia,” a spokesperson for the streaming service confirmed to TheWrap on Thursday.

The series, which received a 16-episode order and was co-created by Lopez and Kurland, stars newcomer Paulina Chavez as Ashley Garcia. Per the network, when Garcia — the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist — gets the chance to work for NASA, she moves across the country to live with her Uncle Victor, a pro football player turned high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk.

Jencarlos Canela will play Victor —  he previously starred in “Telenovela” on ABC and will appear in the upcoming series “Grand Hotel,” also on ABC.

“I am excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix to tell a universal, family-friendly story with a Latin flavor!” Lopez said.

Kurland, whose producing credits include “Friends,” “Speechless” and “Melissa & Joey,” will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner. Lopez will executive produce, along with “Melissa & Joey” creator David Kendall, who will also write. Mark Schulman at 3 Arts Entertainment will be a consultant for the series.

Chavez is repped by CESD Talent Agency and Industry Entertainment. Canela is repped by CAA and DePaz Management. Lopez is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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