Gina Rodriguez Will Produce Women-led Show For CW
Gina Rodriguez will executive produce a female-driven drama for the CW.
The potential series, titled “Femme,” follows four millennial women from different walks of life who become unlikely friends and fierce allies after meeting online in a secret feminist social media group. They form a sisterhood army in the real world to support each other through both serious and humorous crises and to help other women in need.
Femme is the latest project Rodriguez will produce under her production company, I Can and I Will Productions, in association with CBS Television Studios. Rodriguez signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios in January. Emily Gipson will co-executive produce with Rodriguez.
Rodriguez through I Can and I Will Productions set up a CBS drama titled Have Mercy. The show will follow a Latina immigrant who cannot be a doctor in the US, she instead works as a nurse assistant. She risks everything when she opens a clinic in her home to help her community. She is also executive producing Illegal, a drama which follows a 16-year-old who discovers he is undocumented. The show will be based off co-executive producer and writer Rafael Agustin’s life. Gipson also executive produces on these two projects.
Femme was created by Audrey Wauchope and Rachel Specter. Wauchope and Specter will also write the show. Both have served as writers and producers on various CW shows, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and One Tree Hill.
This is an exciting project for Rodriguez and the CW network. CW’s target audience are women between the ages of 18-34, a show catered to their experiences will certainly be well-received. CW is also developing Valiant, a female driven gladiator show based on the novel of the same name. Off the success of Riverdale, CW will be producing a series centred on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, based of the Archies comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The aforementioned projects headed by I Can and I will are only a few projects Rodriguez is bringing to the table. Rodriguez has been an active voice for diversity and opportunities for women in the industry, and she is turing words into actions.
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