Black-ish, Cristela performing well but canceling Selfie and Manhattan Love Story has ABC struggling to find a powerful comedy block

After giving sitcoms Cristela and Black-ish full first season orders, ABC may have finally found some rhythm in its comedy department. ABC executives ordered an additional nine episodes of Cristela Alonzo’s family series Cristela on Monday. This is in addition to several other series extensions, including 11 new episodes for comedian and current Walmart pitchman Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish. The network also ordered two more episodes this season of sophomore series

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Comedy Central to release Cristela Alonzo, Nick Vatterott debut albums

Comedy Central Records is releasing comedy albums from two stellar stand-up comedians. Cristela Alonzo, creator and star of the new ABC series Cristela, will see her debut comedy record Some of the Hits become available on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Alonzo has impressed thus far on her sitcom which is being touted for bringing an original, fresh voice leading a minority-led cast. Comedy powerhouse Nick Vatterott will

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ABC’s ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Cristela, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ a win for racial diversity in television comedy?

ABC programming chief Paul Lee gave people a taste of the network’s diverse slate of comedies for the 2014-15 season at its upfront presentation to advertisers. It showed off comedies starring black actors, hispanic females and a chubby Thai kid that saves ABC from any accusations of lacking racial diversity. Cristela is the much talked-about ABC project from comedian Cristela Alonzo. The show brings Alonzo’s humor about Hispanic family life

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