NBC's 'Union Square' plays to Latino stereotypes At a glance

September 25, 1997|By David Zurawik

Someday, if I live long enough, I know I am going to turn on my television set and see a Latino leading lady in a sitcom who is not one more variation on the very old and extra-stupid "hot" and "spicy" stereotype.

But it won't be tonight with the debut of "Union Square" on NBC, starring Constance Marie as aspiring actress Gabriella Diaz. The NBC press kit itself describes "Gaby" as: "Extra Hot! She's a spicy Texan blend of fresh attitude and feisty spirit."

Why didn't they take it one step further into dumb and call her "a Charo for the '90s"?

Tonight, Gaby goes to New York fresh out of San Antonio looking to find her fortune on Broadway. What she finds instead is a diner full of wannabe writers, actors and dreamers. It's "Cheers" without the beers.

Without the laughs or smarts, too. But it wouldn't be the first bad sitcom airing between "Friends" and "Seinfeld" to be declared a hit two weeks into the season.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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