Actress Gina Rodriguez is putting her words into action when it comes to increasing diversity and representation in front of and behind the camera; the Jane the Virgin star is developing two new series for CBS and The CW that are centered around the Latino community. Rodriguez's I Can & I Will Productions will develop both series through its overall production deal with CBS Television Studios.
Have Mercy is based on the German series Dr. Illegal and centers around a Latina doctor who immigrates to Miami but is forced to work as a nurse's assistant after she learns that she's unable to practice medicine in the U.S. Unable to resist the need to help those around her, she risks everything by opening a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve her community. Dailyn Rodriguez (Queen of the South) will executive produce the series with Intrigue Entertainment's Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter for CBS.
Illegal is a one-hour dramedy based on the life of series co-executive producer and writer Rafael Agustin that follows a sixteen-year old American high school student named Rafael who discovers that he's actually undocumented. Rodriguez is set to executive produce along with I Can & I Will's Emily Gipson for The CW. Agustin was a Sundance Episodic Story Lab Fellow, and co-created/co-wrote the autobiographical play N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk.
I Can & I Will Productions is also developing a series adaptation of LA Story at CBS TV Studios with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films are attached; and a drama series based on the novel Flood Girls, set to be co-executive produced with Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and writer Corinne Brinkerhoff.