This past week Latinx romantic comedy-drama The Baker and the Beauty was cancelled by ABC, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, series star Victor Rasuk (Fifty Shade of Grey, Godzilla) voiced his opinion and encouraged fans to bring the show back. More than 110,000 fans have signed a petition asking for the revival of the show and renewal for a second season.
The Baker and the Beauty is based on the Israeli rom-com under the same name. It follows the Garcia family and how their lives are upended when the eldest son Daniel, played by Rasuk, meets and falls in love with Hollywood star Noa Hamilton, played by Nathalie Kelley (Dynasty). The show also delicately followed the coming out story of the youngest Garcia child Nathalie, played by Belissa Escobedo (Don’t Look Deeper) during the latter half of the season.
The show’s cancellation received backlash from fans, cast members and members of the BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ+ community alike.
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Well I’m sure you heard that @abcnetwork cancelled @bakerandthebeauty yet another show with an entire Latino cast! This is bad news for the Latino community! Why doesn’t @abcnetwork give it more of a chance for our gente to find the show?! And “gente” where are you guys? Show up and get loud. Representation matters on television! This was a sweet show about a good family! And one of the only Latino shows out there! We need this show to find another home! Show your support with the hashtags below and let’s flex our community power! ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽. #Repost @thereallisavidal ・・・ Hey peeps! Hoping everyone is doing well staying healthy and safe as most of you know ABC decided to cancel our show the Baker and the Beauty, sad… but the good news is that it isnt over yet, we are still hopeful and NBC Universal is shopping or show to other platforms such as #peacocktv , #netflix , #Amazon , #Prime etc… There are over 500 television shows on air, and ZERO latino shows on network TV right now, and only a handful on streaming. The Baker and the beauty is a well written diverse show about a Latin family preppers denting our Latino culture in a positive light. It pretty much is for every family to watch. It would be tragic if this show just disappears at a time when the diversity issue in our country is front and center. When the lack of inclusion is at an all time high as well. We have two weeks to find a new home for our beautiful show the Baker and the Beauty…. please help support us and bring attention in anyway you can to help us save our show… we love you guys and we are grateful for you! 🙏🏽💪🏽💋👊🏽😘 Please use these hashtags #savethebakerandthebeauty #renewthebakerandthebeauty
Rasuk tells Entertainment Weekly exclusively, “I think this show resonated with so many people because we just don’t see Latino families portrayed in a positive light on TV. But this story goes way beyond it being a Latino story because I heard from fans who were from different and diverse backgrounds—our stories are universal stories. I understand that ABC came to their decision to cancel and they had to do what was best for them as a network. Aside from signing the petition, fans can support the cause by continuing to talk about the show using the hashtag #SaveBakerandtheBeauty. ABC may not have been the right network for us but I am positive the right one is out there.” He furthers saying that “with the right social media push [the revival of The Baker and the Beauty] could happen!”
Disappointed to hear that the very charming @BakerBeautyABC was cancelled. One of the few positive portrayals of a Latinx family on network tv. @thelisavidal is the Latina mom America deserves on their networks! Networks DO BETTER! https://t.co/XsRF7LAwWv #renewbakerandthebeauty
— Gloria Calderón Kellett aka Glorita to my family (@everythingloria) June 17, 2020
Currently, the world has a heightened sense of awareness for diversity and representation, something that is necessary in television and film. As reported by Deadline, Kelley voices that, “We want networks to commit wholeheartedly to ensuring that BIPOC, LATINX and LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups, get a chance to tell our stories. The Baker and The Beauty was a show that embodied the themes of unity, empathy, and compassion, all of which are so needed in our national discourse right now.”