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Girls Auto Clinic Inspires New TV Series

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Patrice Banks showing girls around the engine of a car at G.I.R.L. 2017

We’re huge fans of Girls Auto Clinic here at The News Wheel, with DeAnn and I leading the way. Patrice Banks took auto repair and made it more accessible to women in and around Pennsylvania with her workshops, book, and mechanic shop. Now her story is being adapted into a new comedy pilot for Fox called Patty’s Auto.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Carra Patterson will play the titular character Patty Stewart, who writers loosely based on Banks. Patterson comes from a poor, single-parent household and looks to raise up her female staff at her shop, Patty’s Auto. Patterson’s previous roles include turns in Straight Outta Compton, Bloodline, Elementary, and The Arrangement.

Other casting announcements have rolled out this month, including The Proud Family alumna Kyla Pratt as Patty’s younger sister named Tiny. Variety reports that she’s the opposite of Patty, displaying emotion easier than her rough-and-tough big sister. She’s also the leader of the nail salon in Patty’s Auto, which matches up to the real Girls Auto Clinic’s beauty bar.

Other characters on the show are Chyna, played by Joanna Adler, who taught Patty all she knows. Sara Levy of Schitt’s Creek is a tearful mechanic named Jenna who is learning to stand her ground, and Paola Lazaro of Lethal Weapon will portray a lesbian Puerto Rican who parties hard while still giving her shop family everything.

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As of publication, the pilot will be a multi-camera ensemble comedy show executive produced by Darlene Hunt, Elizabeth Banks, and Max Handelman with Brownstone Productions. Patrice Banks is fully involved as a consulting producer, so hopefully the show will maintain the heart behind everything that comes out of Girls Auto Clinic.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. We’ll watch out to see if this pilot makes it to series.

News Sources: Deadline Hollywood and Variety