A New TV Show Inspired by the Life of Selena Quintanilla Is Coming to ABC
Selena Quintanilla’s legend lives on. Just two months after the late legendary songstress received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ABC has announced its plans to commemorate the Mexican-American star’s life in a brand new TV show packed full of musical numbers.
Although still untitled, the series is being described as a drama with “strong music-driven elements” and has the full support of the Queen of Tejano’s family: In fact, both her father, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., and sister, Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga, have signed on as producers of the show.
As the latter said in a statement, “We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music-driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena.”
The show will tell the story of Alex Guerra, a chart-topping pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years when she is forced to return home to her native Texas and “pick up the pieces” while “juggling a love triangle, the demands of her career, and the dark secrets of the family that she now desperately wants to win back.” (Okay, we’re most DEFINITELY intrigued!)
While there will definitely be some major differences between Quintanilla’s own path and the show’s lead character, its premise was essentially inspired by her star, the close ties she shared with her family, and the music she left behind.
Scandal’s Miguel Nolla has been tapped to write and co-executive produce, and Scooter Braun (AKA Justin Bieber’s manager) is also on board, saying in a press release that his company, SB Projects, which currently produces Scorpion, is “proud to be collaborators on an incredibly timely show that focuses on a strong Latino family and represents the many Americans who we know will enjoy this series alongside us.”
There’s no official premiere date just yet, but we, for one, can’t wait!
Will you be tuning into the show? Tweet us @BritandCo.
(Photo via Vicent Zuffante/Getty)