Mexclusive: Hollywood has called my bluff with ‘Bordertown’ at Fox!

by LALO ALCARAZ, JEFE=IN-CHIEF on November 13, 2013 in Cartoons, Corporate, Cultura, El Now

bordetowntoonborderstereotypestweetFox has just announced the pickup of a new animated TV show called Bordertown, debuting in 2014. It was created by the showrunner of Family Guy, Mark Hentemann.

I was offered a gig writing and consulting on the show, and I happily accepted.

This will be the first animated prime time network TV show with a significant number of Latino characters.

Over half the cast will Mexican or Mexican-Americans or Chicanos. It will be historic.

I know, it’s just a cartoon. But if you know me, you know how I feel about cartoons. They are super important! Cartoons have allowed me to tell truths, to pick fights with the privileged, the greedy and the stupid. Satire is often best expressed in cartoon form. Cartoons are powerful. Ask Posada.

There are already a ton of opinions on the Internet about this show. I want to know one thing:

Where did they see any episodes of Bordertown?

We haven’t even written the pinche show yet! We just started Monday. Do these people have a Time Machine? May I borrow it? I’d like to meet Zapata.

Anyhow, I know people hope the show is good, and that the portrayals of Latinos and immigrants aren’t the same old Hollywood crap. So do I. That’s why I signed on.

Also, I hope to have my own cartoon show one day, and this is a pretty good way to help me get closer to that goal. By the way, the writer’s room has FOUR actual Chicanos/Mexican-Americans in it. I’d like to see any network TV show top that.

The creator of Bordertown and I have the same goal: To craft a show full of social and political satire about the changing demographic nature of the USA. If you’ve read any of my work in the past, you know that I am not afraid of rude and non-PC material…as long as it has a point.

I hope Bordertown will be exactly that and I hope you watch it in 2014.

(Or send me a copy of the Time Machine copy of the show from the future, so I can know what to write.)

Tweet image via Latino Rebels.


Jesse Perez November 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A Chicano cartoon can be very cool unless you start portraying us as a bunch of homies who can’t think, speak well, use a lot of foul language and forget about the slapstick. I can take a joke as well as anyone but I won’t support anything that continually depicts our Raza in a negative way. I enjoy the Woody Allen, George Carlin type humor that makes you think and doesn’t insult your intelligence. Hopefully this series will be successful in a positive way. I look forward to watching this.

msedano November 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

congratulations on a much-needed position, a chicano writer for teevee. and having the job of writing raza characters, more congratulations. i have no suggestions or consejos for you, save this: do your best.

i will most likely watch the show once or twice. here’s hoping the writing and other work keep me coming back.

felicidades again, brother. here’s to quality work.


Roberto Severino November 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

My parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic and I was really fearing that Bordertown would just be the same kind of Cleveland Show/Dads kind of garbage, but knowing that someone like you will be working on it, I’ll happily give it a chance. Still not happy about what FOX is trying to do to their schedule, but at least the creator of this show had some sense to hire actual Hispanics to write the show to some degree.

Maria Elena Ramirez November 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I look forward to the show Lalo. Some may not like the idea because they can’t tell who the maid is in the toon above. I know your work and have high expectations. Best of luck working with others. Congratulations.

wuicho Vargas November 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

this is a milestone, awesome, we are finally included into the cast of the american culture! yay

que bueno Lalo, y muchisimas felicidades, don’t forget to do a show about .. border town differences from the south texas valley to the.. el paso guys.. no vayas a ser todo chapetillo, and just do you cali thing, por que aca no decimos Vato. we say .. este GUY!. y andamos caging the stick all the time..

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