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“Vida” Season 3, Airing in April, Will Be Its Last

"This goodbye is too bittersweet for words."

Vida on Starz is ending with Season 3, NewNowNext has learned.

On Wednesday, Starz issued a press statement confirming that the third season of Tanya Saracho’s groundbreaking queer-inclusive dramedy, slated to drop next month, will be its last. The final season of the GLAAD Award-winning series—which follows two Mexican-American sisters in Los Angeles, one of whom is queer—was written by an all-Latinx writers’ room and directed by Saracho and Jenée LaMarque, both Latinas.
 
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In a statement, Saracho remembered how bleak queer Latinx representation on television was when she “began this process three-and-a-half years ago.”

“In the television landscape, the narratives about us were few and far between and were stuck on stereotypical,” she recalled. “And I had only heard of one Latina showrunner who’d been allowed to run a show solo. Also for brown queers, there was truly no representation. … Because you championed our delicate and darling little series, we were gifted three beautifully compelling, trailblazing seasons of television.”
 

The out showrunner and 2019 Logo30 honoree added that Vida’s conclusion is “too bittersweet for words”:

I’d be lying if I said I’m not sad about not getting back into that magical writers room to keep crafting our story. But after all, I got to tell the exact story I wanted to tell, exactly how I wanted to tell it, and that is rare in this industry. I leave steeped in gratitude. Thankful to Starz for not just allowing Vida to happen, but for being great co-parents as we raised her together. And grateful for the collaborators whose careers we were able to launch: Latinx cinematographers, writers, actors—almost entirely female—who are now out there and in demand. What a beautiful family we built. And what a beautiful show.

Catch the Season 3 premiere of Vida Sunday, April 26, at 9pm ET/PT on Starz. (Saracho promises it’s “just as compelling as ever with some imagery and themes I’ve never seen on television before.”)

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