Party of Five (2020 TV series)

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Party of Five
Party of Five 2020 logo.jpg
Genre
Created byAmy Lippman & Christopher Keyser
Based on
Party of Five
by
  • Christopher Keyser
  • Amy Lippman
Starring
Music byJon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • François Sylvestre
  • Maria Melograne
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Matt Maddox
  • David Dworetzky
Running time41–45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseJanuary 8, 2020 (2020-01-08) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Party of Five is an American teen and family drama television series created for Freeform by Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, based on the 1994 Fox series of the same name. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television, with Lippman, Keyser, and Rodrigo García serving as executive producers.

The series stars Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, and Elle Paris Legaspi as four of the five Acosta children who must navigate daily struggles after their parents are deported back to Mexico. By September 2017, Lippman and Keyser were developing a reboot of their television series Party of Five. The series received a put pilot commitment at Freeform in January 2018, with a pilot ordered in January 2018. Larracuente, Tosta, Guardado, and Legaspi were cast in October 2018, and the series was officially ordered by Freeform in February 2019.

Party of Five premiered on January 8, 2020, and its first season will consist of 10 episodes.

Premise[edit]

The series follows the five Acosta children as they navigate daily struggles after their parents are deported back to Mexico. Until they find a way to get their parents back in the country, these five kids will have to find a way to make it on their own.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Brandon Larracuente as Emilio Acosta: An aspiring musician and the eldest sibling of the family. He is based on Charlie Salinger.[2]
  • Niko Guardado as Beto Acosta: The second oldest brother of the family. He is based on Bailey Salinger.[2]
  • Emily Tosta as Lucia Acosta: A straight-A student and Beto's twin sibling. She is based on Julia Salinger.[2]
  • Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Acosta: The precocious and resourceful youngest sister. She is based on Claudia Salinger.[2]

Recurring[edit]

  • Bruno Bichir as Javier Acosta, father of Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and Rafael.[3]
  • Fernanda Urrejola as Gloria Acosta, mother of Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and Rafael.[3]
  • Garcia as Matthew,[4] an undocumented young man that Val and Lucia meet at church
  • Sol Rodríguez as Natalia: The Acosta's new babysitter.[4]
  • Elizabeth Grullon as Sully: An activist that crosses paths with Lucia.[5]

Guest starring[edit]

  • Amanda Arcuri as Vanessa: A psychology graduate student and love interest for Emilio. She works at the restaurant as a hostess.
  • Jessica Lord as Alice, a young mother.

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [6]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Rodrigo GarcíaMichal Zebede & Amy Lippman & Christopher KeyserJanuary 8, 2020 (2020-01-08)[a]0.442[8]
2"Margin of Error"Rodrigo GarcíaAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserJanuary 8, 2020 (2020-01-08)0.317[8]
3"Long Distance"Eva VivesAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserJanuary 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)0.329[9]
4"Authentic Mexican"TBATBAJanuary 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)TBD
5"Rafa"TBATBAJanuary 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)TBD
  1. ^ The episode was first released online on January 1, 2020.[7]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In September 2017, it was reported that Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman were developing a reboot of their 1994 Fox series Party of Five for Sony Pictures Television.[10] In January 2018, Freeform landed the reboot with a put pilot commitment, to be written by original series creators Keyser and Lippman, alongside Michal Zebede with Rodrigo García signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. The series follows siblings who must take care of themselves after their parents are deported back to Mexico.[11] Freeform officially ordered the series to pilot in September 2018,[12] and the show was officially picked up to series on February 4, 2019.[13]

Casting[edit]

In October 2018, Brandon Larracuente was cast as Emilio Buendía, Emily Tosta as Lucia Buendía, Niko Guardado as Beto Buendía, and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Buendía[2] The family name was later changed from Buendía to Acosta.[1]

Filming[edit]

Filming took place in Santa Clarita, California.[14] Production was briefly halted in October 2019 due to the California wildfires.[15]

Release[edit]

The series premiered on January 8, 2020,[1] and its first season will consist of 10 episodes.[13]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 96% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 7.46/10. The website's critical consensus states, "With a strong cast and empathetic storytelling, Party of Five's timely reinvention adds a new layer of urgency while still honoring the original series."[16] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 8, 2020 0.2 0.442[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Margin of Error" January 8, 2020 0.2 0.317[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Long Distance" January 15, 2020 0.2 0.329[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cordero, Rosy (September 13, 2019). "Freeform's Party of Five reboot gets premiere date and extended sneak peek". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (October 22, 2018). "'Party Of Five': Leads Cast In Freeform Reboot Pilot With Immigration Twist". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 27, 2019). "'Party Of Five' Promo: Freeform Shares Moving Look At Timely Reimagining Of '90s Family Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 3, 2019). "'Tales Of The City' Actor Garcia And 'Devious Maids' Sol Rodriguez To Recur On Freeform's 'Party Of Five' Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 17, 2019). "'Party Of Five' Adds Elizabeth Grullon In Recurring Role; Cara Santana Joins 'Vida'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Party of Five - Freeform".
  7. ^ Party of Five [@PartyofFiveTV] (January 1, 2020). "Start the New Year with the Acosta family! We released the premiere episode of @FreeformTV's #PartyOfFive a week early on @Hulu! Watch it now" (Tweet). Retrieved January 6, 2020 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ a b c d Metcalf, Mitch (January 9, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.8.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (January 16, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.15.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 27, 2017). "'Party of Five' TV Reboot in the Works With Immigration Twist (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 18, 2018). "'Party of Five' Reboot From Original Series Creators Lands at Freeform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 6, 2018). "'Party of Five' Reboot With Deportation Twist Nabs Freeform Pilot Order (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (February 4, 2019). "'Party of Five' Reboot Ordered to Series at Freeform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Aubuchon, Jade (September 10, 2019). "'Party Of Five' Reboot Filming In Old Town Newhall". KHTS (AM). Archived from the original on September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (October 11, 2019). "'NCIS', 'S.W.A.T.', 'Bless This Mess' & 'Party Of Five' Among TV Series Shut Down By California Wildfires". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "Party of Five: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "Party of Five (2020): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2020.

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