Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Illegal’ TV Show Tells The Immigrant Story Everybody Should See

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Gina Rodriguez is making boss moves while the rest of y'all are just twirlin' for the 'Gram.  

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According to Deadline, the Jane the Virgin star’s I Can & I Will Productions has two major deals in the works, one with CBS and the other with The CW. Gina is about to bring more diverse stories to the small screen, and we're totally here for it. 

Both projects focus on the immigrant experience in America as a core piece of the story, instead of making it a subplot. Call it art imitating life, now that President Trump has dismantled DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy established by the Obama administration.  

Gina will serve as a producer on The CW’s Illegal, a TV show created by actor and JTV writer Rafael Agustin.  He developed the idea for Illegal as an Episodic Story Lab Fellow at the Sundance Institute, and it's based on Agustin’s incredible life experience.

The Ecuador-born creative was any parent’s wet dream: prom king, class president and honor roll student with the grades to attend any school he desired; until he found out he was here in the country illegally. Agustin told Remezcla that it's an "edgy Latino" take the classic TV show the Wonder Years.

Not to be outdone by his undocumented status, Agustin attended community college while he wanted on his papers and now has an undergrad and grad degree from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. Agustin was the ultimate DREAMer before the term existed. 

The other show, Have Mercy was sold to CBS and is based on the Germany’s Dr. Illegal. This time around a Latina doctor is the lead and she's demoted to nurse status upon arrival in Miami. But in the ultimate twist, she begins an illegal medical clinic out of her home.

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Leave it to Gina to add the right mix of flavor and truth-telling to our TV viewing. We cannot wait to see these in an upcoming lineup. 

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