ABC has cancelled the unfortunate (in so many ways) remake of "Charlie's Angels." It's not exactly the surprise: it opened to lukewarm ratings and has been skidding downhill ever since; one week-to-week decline was 20%, and that was after the initial fall-off. But if you were one of the folks keeping an eye on ABC's public face the last few weeks, you could tell they lost faith in the production almost immediately. And‘«Űas it frequently the case‘«Űit was all about the ratings.
Sometimes networks act just like jilted lovers. They fall in love hard and fast, and when the object of their affection doesn't live up to their absurdly high expectations, they get hurt‘«Űbad‘«Űand turn away, dump them hard, pretend they never existed. And that's what happened here.
We've been keeping an eye on the series because there's a fairly strong Latino presence in front and behind the camera. Obviously there's the charming and very funny young Latino actor Ramon Rodriguez taking on the role of an updated Bosley, the on-screen rep for the invisible Charlie himself. And accomplished director/producer Marcos Siega is both an executive producer and frequent episode director.
What's more, almost every episode has had other Latinos in evidence, as featured players (like Nicholas Gonzalez, Roberto Escobar or Canadian-Ecuadorian actor-musician Keram Malicki-S?Ūnchez, who will be guest-starring soon) and as walk-ons and one-liners. If you look at the cast and crew listings, you'll see Latinos up and down the line‘«Űa good thing.
In fact, the episode that just aired on Oct. 10 featured a remake of one of the classic original "Charlie's Angels" episodes‘«Ű"Angels in Chains"‘«Űand the wonderful Latina character actress Elizabeth Pe??a had some fun chewing the scenery as the sadistic prison guard for The Girls. (There are plenty of other Latino actors in this episode, too; almost all of it is placed in a cinematic version of current-day Cuba.)
Except‘«™when you look at the cast list, Pe??a's name is nowhere to be seen. Check out IMDB, and she's not mentioned Look at the "photos" for that particular episode, and there she is, even credited, but otherwise‘«™invisible.