With the writer’s strike now over, the studios are beginning to reveal some of the new projects in development and according to Deadline, FX is developing a brand new half-hour comedy series, which is based on a segment called “I Was A Teenage Smuggler” from an episode of “This American Life” radio show that aired in 2021.
This brand-new series will follow a group of Mexican teens who, thanks to a loophole in U.S. immigration law that prevents anyone under 18 from being prosecuted, are enlisted by cartels to smuggle migrants across the border. The teens soon find themselves making unfathomable amounts of money and living the lives of their dreams but with an ever-ticking clock until they are legally considered adults.
Joanna Calo, Carlos López Estrada and Kevin Sieff will write and executive-produce the new comedy series. Joanna Calo has previously worked on the hit FX series, “The Bear”, where she was the co-showrunner, executive producer, writer and director. Kevin Sieff was the original reporter on the segment in 2021 and has worked for the Washington Post and Financial Times. Carlos López Estrada will also produce the show through his Antigravity Academy banner and direct the pilot episode. He has previously directed “Blindspotting” and an episode of Marvel’s “Legion” series. Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp from “This American Life” will also be executive producers on this new show.
No other details on the upcoming FX comedy series have been announced, and it’s unlikely we will hear too much about the show while the actor’s strike is still ongoing, though at least now the creative team can work on writing the series.
Should the comedy series get made, we should expect to see it released on Hulu in the United States and internationally as a Star Original on Disney+.
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