Created by Tanya Saracho, the show premiered on May 6 last year and drew critical praise for its realistic scenarios and portrayals of gentrification, class and cultural struggles, many mirroring the real-life situations in east LA, which has seen several protests against art studios and businesses perceived as gentrifying a traditionally Latinx neighborhood.
In Season 2, Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) begin the monumental task of rebuilding their mother’s business while navigating financial constraints, competing developers, and the growing anti-gentrification movement. Lyn and Emma must contemplate the relationships in their lives, including their own, and are forced to dig deep to unearth what their mother’s legacy means to them. Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda and Roberta Colindrez also star; Raúl Castillo guest stars.
The GLAAD Award-winning series will drop all 10 episodes of its sophomore season on May 23. In addition, in a display of cross-platform synergy, Lionsgate will launch the first full season of Vida on its Spanish-language streaming service Pantaya with Spanish subtitles.
“Vida is a one-of-kind premium series that’s broken barriers and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Starz in bringing such incredible characters and story to our Pantaya subscribers,” said CEO Paul Presburger. “This is the type of synergy that underscores the many opportunities Lionsgate offers storytellers and the kind of content that resonates with global audiences.“
All 10 half-hour episodes of Vida Season 2 will be available beginning on Thursday, May 23 on the Starz app and Starz On-Demand in the U.S. and Canada, and on Starzplay in the UK, Germany and Spain. Vida will air weekly on Starz beginning Sunday, May 26 at 9 PM ET/PT.
Saracho executive produces the series alongside Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, as well as Stephanie Langhoff.
Watch the trailer above.