ABC Looking to Adapt Mexican Telenovela “Teresa” for American TV

Hollywood’s obsession with Mexican telenovelas continues…

It appears ABC is developing an adaptation of the popular telenovela Teresa, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Teresa Telenovela

From Saving Grace writer/executive producer Nancy Miller, the drama centers on an ambitious law student living a double life — one as an ambitious and smart law student who pretends to be like all the other wealthy kids at UCLA and another as an illegal immigrant living on the wrong side of the tracks.

The project, which has received a script commitment, hails from Lionsgate and Televisa.

Teresa first aired in 2010 and starred Angelique Boyer, Aarón Díaz and Sebastián Rulli. The telenovela ended its run in February 2011, with Univision broadcasting it for from April through October of the same year. That series was a remake of a 1959 telenovela with Maricruz Olivier, with a third attempted in 1989 with Salma Hayek in the lead role.

It’s the latest telenovela adaptation attempt at ABC, the same network that originally tried to bring Devious Maids to the small screen before ultimately passing on the project and letting Lifetime give the Roselyn Sanchez-starrer a lifeline.

Miller, meanwhile, most recently executive produced Lifetime’s short-lived Against the Wall. Her credits include The Closer and CSI: Miami.

Teresa comes as the network has found success with the Emily Van Camp-starrer Revenge, a soapy thriller the network moved to the plumb Sundays at 9 p.m. slot for its second season.

Mexican Siblings Aim to Increase the Latino Presence in Hollywood

They’ve tasted success at the Sundance Film Festival with their film Goats, as well as a screening of their film Cellmates through internet VOD and cable… And, now Juan Carlos and Olga Segura are ready to make their moviemaking dreams come true while helping to increase the Latino presence in Hollywood.

The Mexican siblings strongly believe in the potential of Latino talent to bring to the screen stories that aren’t only relevant within the Hispanic community, but that touch the world with universal themes like racism.

Juan Carlos & Olga Segura

“The power to tell stories is a very important tool that gives us the opportunity to change minds. If just a single person benefits from my work, that’s enough for me,” Olga, an actress and producer tells Efe.

Olga started her career as an actress in the theater production of “Pizza Man.” Later, she had the chance to act in the Cellmates, the story of a racist white American (Tom Sizemore) who is imprisoned with two Mexicans and discovers that, in the end, we’re not so different from one another.

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos began his own filmmaking career as a producer in 2009, blindly founding the company Producciones along with actor Hector Jimenez.

In addition to Cellmates and Goats, which features David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, the company will screen several other productions this year, including Hidden Moon and Todo un hombre, starring Aaron Diaz.

Diaz Previews His Sizzling 2012 Calendar

iCaliente! Aarón Díaz will be setting hearts aflutter in the New Year and beyond…

The 29-year-old Mexican American telenovela star will not only star in the highly anticipated telenovela El Talisman, which will air on Univision sometime in 2012. He’s also releasing another oh-so-steamy calendar to keep him top-of-everyone’s-mind throughout the year.

Aaron Diaz 2012 Calendar

After the tremendous success of his 2011 calendar, Diaz—who recently made a guest appearance on ABC’s new series Pan Am—is back and looking hotter than ever.

According to a teaser video aimed at awakening the curiosity of his fans, he’s returning a sexier, more amusing and more daring man with a (12-month) plan to add sizzle to your life.

Diaz’s American Career Lifts Off…

Aaron Diaz’s career is about to take flight on American television…

The 29-year-old Mexican actor and singer will guest star on this week’s episode of ABC’s Pan Am.

AARON DIAZ to guest star on PAN AM

Diaz—who rose to fame after starring in the telenovela Teresa—will play a passenger named Miguel, “a dashing, charming and wealthy entrepreneur,” on the 1960s-set series about the now-defunct airline.

“He’s a businessman and frequent client of the airline…and on one flight that he takes from New York to Caracas, something happens that forces the plane to land in another country, in Haiti,” says Diaz of his appearance in the episode entitled “Unscheduled Departure.” “I‘m not going to tell you more so that you watch it, but things happen that force him to change drastically. And he interacts and has scenes with all the stewardesses, captains, everyone.”

Diaz says the guest-starring role came at a perfect time, just as he was arriving in Miami to prepare for his role in the telenovela Talismán.

“This was like a first step into another language,” says Diaz, who speaks perfect English. “And I hope that projects will keep coming my way and that the timing is right to continue advancing [in the American market].”

In addition to his music and acting careers, Diaz is also a fashion designer, who introduced his PERRA clothing line in 2009.

Diaz’s Pan Am episode will air this Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 pm ET.