In her first starring role on television since the end of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” NBC announced today that it has given a 13 episode series order to “Telenovela,” a comedy that follows all the crazy antics from behind the scenes of a popular Spanish telenovela which will star Eva Longoria as Ana Maria, the diva-ish star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela, who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. The actress will also serve as an executive producer on the Universal Television and Unbelievable Entertainment produced comedy.
“There are few actresses with as much international appeal as Eva Longoria,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “She is a perfect fit for ‘Telenovela.’ Her character will try to navigate the hysteria and high jinks that everyone must endure in putting together a daily show.”
“We love our producing relationship with Eva and we’re so thrilled she wants to step back in front of the camera to show off her comedic side on this show,” added Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “In a world where telenovelas are so popular on Spanish-speaking television as the Latino audience continues to grow everywhere, we think this show is very much of the moment.”
In addition to her starring role as Gabrielle Solis on “Desperate Housewives,” Longoria has also appeared on ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”
“Telenovela” is expected to hit the NBC schedule sometime next season (2015-2016).