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Comedian Cristela Alonzo’s journey from a small Texas border town to starring in an ABC sitcom was one of the longest of long shots. The network bought the script for her show but didn’t order a pilot. The series was dead until a big gamble and a borrowed soundstage changed everything. Then, we hear from actor Barbara Rosenblat, who in addition to playing Miss Rosa on Orange is the New Black, is also one of the most requested audiobook narrators in the country.

Banner Image: Cristela Alonzo in her new show, Cristela; Credit: ©Photographer/ABC

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 2 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Netflix making more moves in the movie industry with new plans announced involving a sort-of sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and also a deal with Adam Sandler.
- More Asian money possibly coming into Hollywood. Japan’s SoftBank looked like they could have been a buyer for DreamWorks Animation, but talks have stopped for now.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

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‘Cristela’ 16 MIN, 2 SEC

Cristela Alonzo’s new sitcom is part of ABC’s much-touted push for more diverse programming on its primetime schedule. Her series, Cristela, about a Latino family, joins the new show Black-ish and the upcoming Asian-immigrant comedy Fresh Off the Boat.

In Alonzo’s series, she plays an aspiring lawyer living with her sometimes supportive family. The show is loosely based on the life of its creator, who also grew up in Texas and had larger aspirations than her family thought appropriate.

But the show almost didn’t happen. ABC bought the script for Cristela, but the network never ordered the show to pilot. In a last-ditch effort to save it, Alonzo and her producer decided to shoot the pilot on their own, using the penalty fee from ABC. That pilot, shot with a borrowed set and crew, airs on ABC on Friday, October 10.

Cristela Alonzo, stand-up comedian, actress, writer and producer (@cristela9)

Cristela Alonzo's Website
'Cristela' Official Website

Barbara Rosenblat 5 MIN, 49 SEC

Barbara Rosenblat

Fans of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black know actor Barbara Rosenblat as Miss Rosa, the cancer-stricken prisoner with a penchant for robbing banks.

But even if you’ve never seen the show, you may recognize Rosenblat’s voice. Rosenblat is an audiobook narrator--one of the most sought after and award-winning narrators in the country. She’s recorded more than 400 titles to date.

Rosenblat is also a singer. She has performed on Broadway and worked as a dialect coach. In addition to all those jobs, she can now add author. Rosenblat’s written an e-book called Audiobook Narrator: The Art of Recording Audiobooks.

She tells us how she’s able to balance all those jobs, and gives us a sample of her narration work.

Barbara Rosenblat, actor and award-winning audiobook narrator (@Rosenblat_Actor)

Barbara Rosenblat's Website

Audiobook Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat


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