If you’re still grieving over the death of Brett Dier’s character in Jane the Virgin, it’s time to rejoice. The actor is making his return as a romantic lead in a comedy for a new multicultural sitcom titled History of Them.
The CBS pilot is the story of romance in the digital age as two friends Adam (Dier) and Luna, played by Ana Villafañe, fall for one another under the navigation of their social media apps. Creator Gloria Calderon-Kellett is a co-creator/executive producer behind One Day at a Time (Netflix) and was a writer for CBS’s smash hit How I Met Your Mother.
Following the announcement of the pilot in December, the cast has been sharing behind-the-scenes peeks at their preparations expressing their pride in this project. “This group of people are so FUN TO WORK WITH!! Send out good vibes that this pilot gets picked up, I REALLY THINK YOU’LL LAUGH!!” tweeted Dier with a picture of the cast off-set. Calderon-Kellett revealed the cast has already built a strong bond: “These are times of darkness & division. I think that’s why I’m still high off of the #HistoryOfThem shoot,” she wrote. “Because it was about the opposite. Unity & love. A multi-cultural & multi-generational group of people who loved as much on screen as off.”
The History of Them cast also includes actors Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis and Amit Shah.
The sitcom comes at a time when on-screen representation for people of color is being demanded by entertainers, including Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez. At the 2018 SAG Awards in January, the actress expressed how she feels Latinos remain marginalized in Hollywood and sent a message to studios. “We are still very sadly underrepresented,” she said. “Studios, I love you guys. Latinos hold studios up, so cast us in your films so that we can be a part of the growing demographic!”