ABC is launching a family drama inspired by the late Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla.


Selena was an up-and-coming star when she was shot and killed on stage by the president of her fan club Yolanda Saldívar in 1995. A biopic starring Jennifer Lopez as Selena was created in her honor.

Now, ABC has teamed up with Campanario Entertainment and SB Projects to create a pilot inspired by the musical legend. The project has already been green-lighted and has been co-signed and supported by the late singer’s family.

“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,” said sister Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga in a statement.

Scandal writer Miguel Nolla is tapped to write and co-executive produce the series, which will follow a chart-topping, award-winning pop icon named Alex Guerra who has been estranged from her family for years. After she is forced to return home to Texas, Alex has to juggle her love life and career, all while reconciling with her family.

“We are thrilled to team up with Campanario and ABC Studios and highlight the complexities and family dynamics of a Latin pop superstar coming to grips with the reality of her influence especially in today’s social climate,” said SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. “More importantly, we are 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.”

Adds Jaime Davila, president of Campanario Entertainment, “This project gives us all an opportunity to showcase a successful, aspirational Latino family in a way that is not currently represented on television. Sergio, Rico and I are looking forward to creating with the team an original music-driven drama with authentic characters as multifaceted as our own families.”

Selena family members Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga are slated to join as co-producers. Neither a title nor a premiere date have been set.

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