CBS sitcom ‘Broke’ gives timely twist to single-mom cliché

The one mother struggling to make finishes meet up with is a effectively-worn Television collection premise. In “Broke,” a new comedy on CBS, the cliché is provided a timely twist.

Reseda, Calif., mother Jackie (Pauley Perrette) gets the shock of her doing work-course lifestyle when her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero) exhibits up at her door 1 day, with her handsome Mexican husband Javier (Jaime Camil) and his assistant in tow. What appears to be like a friendly relatives go to turns into a household invasion as Jackie learns that Javier and her sister are flat broke and approach on shifting in. It’s been yrs because the sisters have seen each other, and as for Javier, he places on so many airs that he may possibly as properly be from another galaxy.

Jaime Camil, who performed Rogelio de la Vega on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” for 6 seasons, spoke to The Submit from his household in Studio City, Calif., the place his lives with his spouse, Heidi Balvanera, and their two younger small children. With the state of California on a coronavirus lockdown, Camil, 46, talked about the problems of keeping his kids entertained, as properly as his new series, which wrapped generation just before all the tv studios not too long ago shut down.

How did you arrive to be forged as Javier on “Broke?”
Nicely, I am an govt producer on the clearly show. I was chatting to Janie Herman, who was the showrunner on “Jane the Virgin,” and [we thought] in all probability the natural progression for me was to do a Rogelio de la Vega spinoff. But then I told her I did the Mexican variation of “Broke.” And she stated instead of undertaking a spinoff, we really should pitch a new demonstrate to CBS. Believe that me, if I understood how challenging it would be, I would have trapped to the prepare of doing a Rogelio de la Vega spinoff.

When Javier and his wife have been in the money, wherever were being they residing?
Mexico Metropolis. Javier arrives from outdated money. They have islands and ranches and seashore compounds. His family is extremely wealthy but he is a little irresponsible with funds. His dad wishes to exhibit him a lesson, so he minimize him off from his belief fund.

Now that the two family members are residing jointly, what will potential storylines be like? Will Javier have to get a work?
There is an episode referred to as “Jobs.” Jackie tells Javier that he has to contribute. Javier and Elizabeth glimpse at every single other and say, “How are we intended to do that? We have no income.” And she tells them, “Get employment.”

So what sort of career does Javier get?
He results in being an Uber driver.

You were being born in Mexico City. How prolonged have you lived in California?
On and off for 10 years, but regular for the past 6 a long time.

Are you an American citizen?
I am a resident. I just used for citizenship. I’m ready for my appointment to do the examination.

What do you and your wife do to entertain your two youngsters, now that you’re all in the property together?
They’re very very well-behaved young children, thank God. My wife and I have carried out a terrific career educating them and they are incredibly patient. They fully grasp what is likely on. Even however the Los Angeles Unified University District is closed, the lecturers ship [assignments], math difficulties and grammar. They do Zoom conferences and perform dates with their classmates. And, of course, we go out. We go hiking. As extensive as you respect the social distancing pointers, I believe you’re very good. We do exercise routines at home. We have a little trampoline in the house. We have a beautiful playground established with swings. My wife and I are quite devoted dad and mom. We never experienced nannies. I consider it’s extra demanding when you are the sort of dad and mom who count on nannies. Then you’re like, “Who the f–k are these children that I’m intended to consider care of?”

“Broke” airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on CBS