UPDATE: NBC made it official! Telenovela is ordered to series for 13 episodes.
Ex-Desperate Housewives alumna is bound to come back to TV in the lead role of a new comedy called “Telenovela” for NBC. The shooting of the pilot should start next February. Still, the Peacock has yet to announce the order.
She’s producing the single-camera project via her own studio UnbeliEVAble with Universal Television, about an ambitious telenovela star (played by herself of course!) who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. If NBC sticks to the plan, it should get a direct-to-series order for a 13 episodes commitment. It was one of the two projects created for her in the past few months revealed Deadline last September, in competition with an ABC’s Untitled Comedy Project written by Trophy Wife‘s creators. It tells the story of a successful home renovator who can’t stop problem solving when she leaves the job site – especially when it comes to her boyfriend, her family, a random delivery guy, and basically everyone she comes into contact with.
She had to decide before the end of 2014 and it seems like Telenovela is the winner, for obvious reasons: better suited for her, more distinctive from Desperate Housewives, greater control on the show since she’s a producer, much more money to make out of it also… and the opportunity to give her best-friend Mario Lopez a job! It doesn’t mean ABC’s project won’t be ordered to pilot but she won’t be attached to it anymore. Should Teri Hatcher try to take over?