- First look trailer for Tanya Saracho's new series, Vida, which airs tomorrow night (May 6) on Starz (where episodes are usually up on starz.com 24 hours early!)
- Stars Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera as two estranged sisters from East L.A. who face their past together after their mother dies
- Interview with Saracho underscores the representation in front of and behind the camera that helped build a cultural authenticity
- Calls the half-hour series "fresh," coming from a perspective that isn't often represented in television
- Gentrification, sexual identity, and the Latino experience in Los Angeles are front and center
- Despite other series exploring gentrification, Vida covers new ground; the topic is part of the premise of the series and built into the characters
- Characters are thoughtfully portrayed; Emma (Mishel Prada) is a closeted lesbian and the responsible sibling who comes home from Chicago while Lyn (Melissa Barrera) is the less grounded sibling who settled in San Francisco
- The series isn't preachy and the writers and directors are careful to tell nuanced stories. It has a "strong sense of self" despite only being six episodes long.
- Calls Vida "really good television" and highlights the diversity it brings to television
- The series rejects stereotypes and instead dives into subject matter not often portrayed on screen
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4
Y'all better watch tomorrow night on Starz!