Based on Richard Vasquez's 2005 novel of the same name, Chicano "tells the multi-generational story of the Sandovals, a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream," per Variety. "It follows the struggles and triumphs of the Sandovals from 1920 through present and explores the question of what it means to be American." Chicano will be written by veteran writer-producer Natalie Chaidez. Longoria and Whitaker will serve as executive producers. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke calls Chicano part of ABC's effort to "ramp up our slate of Latinx programming."