NBC is developing a soapy comedy with former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria, and crime shows headed by Jennifer Lopez and David Duchovny.
The network announced on Friday that it has ordered 13 episodes of single-camera comedy, “Telenovela,” in which Longoria plays 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.”
Longoria will also be a producer on the project.
At the TV critics press tour, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt also touted “Shades of Blue,” a “dark cop show” starring Jennifer Lopez that will start production in June. Additionally, former “X-Files” star David Duchovny will play “an old-school” cop in “Aquarius,” a drama set in the 1960s when Duchovny”s character runs up against the notorious criminal Charles Manson.
Other NBC news from the press tour:
— The network is developing “Freedom Run,” an eight-hour miniseries about the Underground Railroad. Stevie Wonder is among the project”s producers. It is based on Betty DeRamus” book, “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad.”
— Dolly Parton has signed a development deal with the network for a series of movies based on the “songs, stories and inspiring life” of the country singer.
— NBC had previously announced that it would follow up holiday musicals “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan” with a live version of “The Music Man.” Now, Greenblatt says “The Wiz” is a possibility this year.