That’s ,000 an episode to pay writers, actors, the director, makeup and hair artists, prop masters and secretaries.The next two seasons, the grants rose to 0,000 a season.
Video clips of the family — Pepe smacking son Joe over the head, Abuela rolling her eyes, daughter Carmen going out on a date with a “super chaperone” — keep the Peñas alive for another generation of Cuban Americans.
But for the cast, those clips are bittersweet reminders that they don’t control their fates.
“Qué Pasa” was a chance for Rocky Echevarría to put his film school instruction at the University of Miami to work as young Joe Peña before changing his name to Steven Bauer to pursue Hollywood.
And for Ana Margo, who grew up in her parents’ theater production company, it was a paying pastime while she attended UM.
WPBT-2 says it uses the show — and any proceeds from it — to advance the public station’s mission of serving the arts in South Florida.