ABC recently announced that it has a put pilot in the works inspired loosely on the life of iconic Latina singer, Selena Quintanilla. The operative word in that sentence being, “loosely.”
The drama series will center on the character Alex Guerra, a massively successful pop star who is forced to return home to Texas after a crisis. There, she reconnects with her estranged family 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.”
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
Well, the drama factor can all be but guaranteed because the series’ lead writer will be Scandal alum, Miguel Nolla. That’s right, Shondaland drama mixed with some Selena Quintanilla inspiration.
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The series will be co-produced by Selena’s family members, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. and Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga. Oddly enough, Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager) will serve as the show’s executive producer.
I mean the dude knows pop stars, so I guess it works?
It’s also worth noting that just last year Selena’s widower, Chris Pérez, was unable to produce a television series based off of his 2012 memoir, To Selena, With Love. Her father sued Pérez claiming that the series was “unauthorized,” and that Pérez was “commercially exploiting her name, image, and likeness to make money,” according to Quintanilla’s lawyer.
However, it is encouraging to see a major TV network pick up a show that will center on a Latina family and further Tejano representation.
Jaime Davila, president of Campanario Entertainment, which will be involved in the production, said in a statement: “This project gives us all an opportunity to showcase a successful, aspirational Latino family in a way that is not currently represented on television.”
And I think we can all agree, that’s something Selena would’ve wanted.