Gina Rodriguez Is Bringing Latino-Focused Shows To The CW And CBS

Get ready for Have Mercy and Illegal.

September 06, 2017


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According to Variety, Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gina Rodriguez is in the process of developing a pair of television series about the Latino community. Have Mercy will be coming to CBS and Illegal will air on The CW.


Have Mercy is a drama that takes after the German show Dr. Illegal and follows the story of a Latina doctor who is forced to secretly open a makeshift clinic after immigrating to Miami. Illegal is based on the true story of co-executive producer and writer Rafael Agustin when he discovered that he was an undocumented citizen of the U.S. at the age of 16. A release date for the programs has not been confirmed at this time.

Both of the projects will be created under Rodriguez’s I Can And I Will Productions through a deal that was arranged with CBS Television Studios earlier this year. Rodriguez's mission is to "create art that tells stories from the unheard and unseen, discover and expose new talent and increases empathy and understanding for all communities" through the breaking of societal norms on screen.

The production company is also working on a reboot of Steve Martin's 1991 film L.A. Story for CBS in collaboration with Gaeta Rosenzweig Films, and a drama based on Richard Fifield's 2016 novelThe Flood Girls with Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films.

Gina Rodriguez Is Bringing Latino-Focused Shows To The CW And CBS