HOLLYWOOD - For the longest time, even though Filipinos make up a steadily increasing portion of American population, they are largely absent on American TV.
But now, kababayans are making their presence felt on primetime network TV, no less, through the critically acclaimed show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
In "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Golden Globe Best TV Comedy Actress Rachel Bloom plays Rebecca, a lawyer who realized she was still in love with an ex named Josh Chan.
The show has been lauded for its diversity and having an Asian romantic love interest.
Josh is played by Fil-Am Broadway veteran Vince Rodriguez III. The character is written as an Asian Bro, an American term used to describe attractive young men of Asian heritage.
"We decided to do it just because we hadn't seen an Asian bro before. So we came at it from a very, almost like, we didn't realize how groundbreaking or whatever it would be. I hadn't seen an Asian bro on TV and I grew up with a lot of Asian bros and we just wanted to be specific and fresh and that was synonymous with being diverse," said Bloom.
At the East-West Players' Visionary Awards gala, where the achievements of those who raise the visibility of Asian Americans in their craft are celebrated, Bloom and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" co-creator Aline Brosh Mckenna were honored.
The show was also the first to feature a Filipino family a primetime TV show.
Fil-Am actress Tess Paras plays Josh Chan's sister.
"I think it's just an amazing thing that we've been able to be recognized to have Filipinos on television and Rachel and Eileen are deserving, and Renee, who writes on the show, to bring the family to network TV is such a pleasure," Paras said.
Lea Salonga was the show's special guest star during its recent season's finale.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed by the CW for a second season.
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