Jaime Camil Goes for ‘Broke’ in First CBS Comedy Series to Star a Latino in 70 Years

Posted by on April 02, 2020

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Mexican-born actor Jaime Camil is incredibly humble. As he tells it, “You have to be thankful to the audience…that people are requesting your services and you’re being hired to do something.” Camil burst onto the scene, for U.S. audiences at least, playing the gregarious and charming Rogelio de la Vega on five seasons of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Now, with “Jane” having concluded its run last year, Camil is transitioning to a new role as an actor and executive producer for the CBS multicamera sitcom, “Broke.”

“Broke,” akin to classic sitcoms like “Green Acres,” follows struggling single mom Jackie (Pauley Perrette) and what happens when her once wealthy sister and brother-in-law (played by Natasha Leggero and Camil) come to live with her after going broke. Camil has deep connections to the property, which initially started out as a Colombian television production. Camil played the title role when it was remade in Mexico as “Qué pobres tan ricos.” It was only natural that the series would pop back up again during a discussion with “Jane the Virgin” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman.

Initially, the two were collaborating on a proposed spin-off series for his “Jane” character, Rogelio de la Vega, but Urman was drawn to Camil’s previous discussion of the plot to “Qué pobres tan ricos.” Because Snyder had an overall deal with CBS, she suggested Camil pitch the Americanized reboot as a 30-minute sitcom.

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