The Garcias Producer Jeff Valdez On Taking The Nickelodeon Franchise To HBO Max, His Feelings On Other Revivals Like iCarly And More
The Garcias marks the latest Nick property to have made a comeback.
Nearly 22 years ago, viewers were introduced to The Brothers García, which made its television debut on Nickelodeon on July 23, 2000. The family sitcom centered on the Latino-American García family, consisting of parents Ray and Sonia and their four children: Carlos, George, Lorena and Larry, who were navigating the ups and downs of adolescence in San Antonio, Texas. The show ultimately concluded its run in 2004 after four seasons, though the titular family is now back in a sequel series titled The Garcias (streamable with HBO Max subscriptions). With its debut, series creator, showrunner and producer Jeff Valdez is opening up about bringing the franchise back and discussing his feelings on other Nick revivals like iCarly.
The Brothers García served as a watershed moment for the storied children’s network. At the time, it was billed as the first English-language sitcom to feature a cast and creative team made up entirely of Latino talent. The show received acclaim during its run, with many praising the characters, writing and depiction of Latin culture. The show was quietly cancelled, with no official reason given for the decision at the time. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Valdez about his work on the early 2000s show and its revival and, during our conversation, the producer shed some light on why Nick ended the series:
With that, the fan-favorite series eventually disappeared, though it has sporadically aired in reruns on Nick-related channels and blocks over the years. The chances of any kind of revival or sequel production happening seemed slim for quite some time. But it was in the early 2010s that the producer put a pan in motion to bring his beloved characters back to the screen:
Jeff Valdez’s sentiments echo those of many creatives across Hollywood right now, as we’re currently living in the age of reboots, revivals and reimaginings. And it’s fair to say that Nickelodeon and Viacom have been at the forefront of this. In the past few years alone, the entertainment entities have revived the Miranda Cosgrove-led iCarly, produced a new Are You Afraid of the Dark? show and even rebooted Rugrats for a new generation. Valdez is more than aware of the massive influx of returning IPs and, when asked about those shows and his own following suit, he provided a reasonable response:
Based on what the public has seen from the show thus far, it definitely feels like the returning stars – Carlos Lacámara, Ada Maris, Jeffrey Licon, Bobby Gonzalez, Vaneza Pitynski and Alvin Alvarez – are closer than ever. And Jeff Valdez seems incredibly excited about this, as the sequel series prepares to join the other Nick revivals out there. Though The Garcias is only one of many TV sequels out there, what may set it apart is the way in which Valdez and his team went about crafting it:
It’s fair that a lot of love and planning went into crafting the Garcia family’s return to TV. While the new series will switch things up by adding more members to the family and taking the group to Mexico, Jeff Valdez and his team seem ready to recapture what so many viewers loved about The Brothers García all those years ago.
The Garcias is now available to stream (opens in new tab) alongside some of the best HBO Max shows. While you’re at it, take a look at CinemaBlend’s 2022 TV Schedule for more on what’s coming your way this year.
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