After 10 episodes, notable acclaim, and just over a month of airing, Gordita Chronicles has been the victim of a program shift from HBO Max and joins the lineup of shows canceled in 2022.
A statement from a spokesperson for HBO Max said, “Live-action programming for children and families will not be part of our programming focus for the near future, and as a result, we have had to make the very difficult decision to end ‘Gordita Chronicles'” on HBO Max. The series has received critical acclaim and a loyal following, and we’re proud to have worked with creator Claudia Forestieri and our two powerful executive producers, Eva Longoria (who also masterfully directed the pilot) and Zoe Saldaña, to bring Cucu’s journey to the big screen. We thank them and the talented cast and crew for creating such a heartfelt, groundbreaking show that connected deeply with a very important community.”
Within hours, she had support from fans across the Twitterverse, including some well-known ones.
As showrunner Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz tweeted, “That’s a load of lemons… but Gorditas makes lemonade! We’re looking for a shiny new place. #gorditachronicles @hbomax‘ replied three-time Emmy nominee Quinta Brunson (creator and star of ‘Abbott Elementary’), ‘I really enjoyed the show. Hope he finds a new home soon!”
Actress Dani Fernandez tweeted, “Tapping into the #SaveGorditaChronicles Battle. All hands on deck, my friends. Get loud with us This show is a treasure. Not just one of the best Latin comedies, but the best comedy in general this year. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Join us! #SaveGorditaChronicles.”
The revival of One Day at a Time was another Latinx-centric sitcom to gain acclaim only to be dropped from its original platform (Netflix). His showrunner, Mike Royce, responded to the Gordita news on Instagram: “Here’s the sad state of television today – this show came out 34 days ago, received great reviews… and just got cancelled. Gordita Chronicles will try to find a new home and rightly so.”
“Gordita” Stans could look to “One Day” as a role model; After Netflix canceled it, it resurfaced on Pop (and others). On the other hand, after the fourth season of this show, it was canceled forever.
Among other representative Twitter replies, @kellyedwards_co, a “recovery TV exec,” according to her bio, tweeted, “I’m heartbroken. My family and I bit 5 episodes in one sitting and we rarely agree on anything! Come on buyers, grab this gem for a second season! #GorditaChronicles.” And @sophian16 wrote: “This show was so important and fulfilled what I wanted on TV as a kid.”
The show currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, but the site doesn’t list the number of reviews for the title, and only includes citations of six on its All Critics page. The Times’ Robert Lloyd was very positive, calling it “fun and engaging and sometimes moving”:
“It’s not easy to do something authentically sunny and sweet; It seems to me that successfully running a show like this or ‘Abbott Elementary’ and getting people talking about it is more difficult than something like ‘Euphoria’ to be talking about,” he wrote of his review. “Shock effects are easy; Sex doesn’t take effort to throw onto the screen. But honesty needs art. Aside from the novel culture of its characters, Gordita Chronicles doesn’t break new ground in comedy — it doesn’t have to — but its creators and cast are clearly in love with these people and their story. To have heart, the work must come from the heart.”
“Gordita” joins the growing list of notable shows not returning after their 2022 season. Including: “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”, “AP Bio”, “Batwoman”, “Kenan”, “Made for Love”, “Mr. Mayor”, “Black Monday” and “The Flight Attendant”. There are also loyal companions such as “Better Call Saul”, “Atlanta”, “Better Things”, “The Good Fight”, “Grace and Frankie”, “Killing Eve”, “Ozark”, “Peaky Blinders”, “This Is Us “. ‘, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Black-ish’ all have their final seasons scheduled to air this year.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-30/gordita-chronicles-is-canceled ‘Gordita Chronicles’ canceled after just over a month on air