PBS orders pilot script for Latino period drama

By Dru Sefton

Variety is reporting that PBS has ordered a pilot script for a drama series, Alta California, from Dennis Leoni, e.p. and writer of Resurrection Blvd., which ran on Showtime 2000-02. The entertainment mag notes that the program was “the first and longest-running Latino dramatic skein in the history of American television.”

Alta California will be set in the mid- to late 1800s and focus on an arranged marriage between two families, one Mexican-Californian and the other European American.

Carrie Johnson, PBS spokesperson, declined to provide further details to Current, as PBS is still in contract negotiations for the project.

Gregory Nava’s Latino drama American Family concluded in 2004 after two seasons on PBS.

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