Los Americans: Reality in Dramatic Form

Webseries created by Dennis Leoni, starring Esai Morales and Lupe Ontiveros launches May 26 at noon

By Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.
Published on LatinoLA: May 26, 2011

Los Americans: Reality in Dramatic Form

A new era in Latino story-telling begins at noon today with the launch of "Los Americans", a webseries that tackles contemporary issues in a dramatic, comedic and real fashion.

The first episode airs today, May 26 at 12 noon, PT at http://pic.tv/losamericans/

Award-winning writer/producer/director Dennis Leoni (Resurrection Blvd.) joined forces with executive producer Robert Townsend and Rey Ramsey of One Economy Corporation on this new U.S. Latino dramatic web series, which brings together a stellar cast that includes Esai Morales (Caprica, Jericho), Lupe Ontiveros (Southland, Family Guy) and Raymond Cruz (The Closer, Breaking Bad).

Los Americans is the story of a modern, affluent, suburban Mexican-American family living in the United States. The Valenzuela family is totally assimilated in U.S. American culture, and that's the way the patriarch, Leandro Valenzuela, or "Lee" as Leandro prefers to be called, likes it. He's moved on from speaking Spanish and the ways of the old country. As he proudly says, "We're not Mexicans. Mexicans live in Mexico. We're Americans."

Lee is right in that he and his family will face many of the problems and challenges all Americans face, that all human beings face  unemployment, homelessness, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, abortion, immigration, childhood obesity and others. But Lee will also face another problem in that he has forgotten his native language and moved away from his culture, ultimately losing part of who he is and where he comes from, and he will learn that maybe this is not such a good thing. Welcome to a story about real Americans Los Americans.

New episodes will air every Thursday at noon PT.

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