|Eva Longoria will star in Telenovela on NBC.|
NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the singlecam comedy that will star and be executive produced by Longoria. From Universal Television and Unbelievable Entertainment, Telenovela captures the hilarious behind-the-scenes craziness of a popular Spanish telenovela.
Longoria will play the willful but popular diva Ana Maria, 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.
“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.”
Added Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment: “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. 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.”
Longoria is best known for her role in the long-running ABC series Desperate Housewives in which she played Gabrielle Solis. During the show’s eight-season run, Longoria won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. She also won two Alma Awards and a People’s Choice Award.
Other television credits include a recent arc in the Golden Globe-winning comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Simpsons, George Lopez and The Young and the Restless.
Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein will serve as writers and executive producers. Ben Spector will also executive produce.