Why Cristela Deserves to Get a Second Season

April 17, 2015 6:51 PM

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The season-one finale of Cristela Alonzo’s self-titled ABC comedy airs tonight at 8:30, and based on TV-industry buzz, odds are a bit less than 50-50 that the show will make it to season two. If it ends up canceled, it won’t be a tragedy on the order of prematurely killed series like My So-Called Life or Freaks and Geeks. But it will be a damn shame — and a mistake by ABC. Cristela is a funny, family-friendly, sometimes edgy, and almost always entertaining comedy that, based on both its content and its Nielsen performance, deserves to live at least a little longer.

Let’s start with the creative case for the show. I’m not someone who takes much interest in multi-camera comedies, at least not those created after 2000. The noisy jokes, broad characterizations, and obnoxious studio-audience laughter? I loved Lucy and dozens of multi-cam shows that came after it, a...

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