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ABC to Make Maid in Manhattan TV Series

Apparently, this is really going to happen: ABC plans to make a TV series based on the Jennifer Lopez movie Maid in Manhattan. The Hollywood Reporter has more details:

The hourlong dramedy, which is getting a put pilot commitment, is not a remake of the hit feature. . .The lead in the TV version will still be a young Latina from the Bronx working at a Manhattan hotel who tries to make it in the world. But the series will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.

Writer Chad Hodge apparently connected with the idea for the show, saying, "I imagine being a writer in Hollywood is often very similar to being a maid in Manhattan." Somehow. . . I doubt that.

Jennifer Lopez has been "very involved, providing 'a fountain of ideas,' Hodge said. 'She will be very integral in the pilot and series.'" The network figures this series will be a good one to pair up with Ugly Betty because, as the article puts it, Betty "also centers on a hardworking young Latina in New York with big dreams."

I'm all for the hardworking young Latina-driven TV shows, but Maid in Manhattan? Seriously? Huh.


ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i loved the movie - thought it was cute, and hopefully the show will be ok - although you know that it's definitely going to have a different feel than the movie. if Jennifer is involved - i'm sure there will be a good flavor to it. i think that it's interesting that now networks are choosing to focus on the Latin/Hispanic community so much. in past years it was all about reaching African American targets - but i guess time evolves huh?
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
oh no ty.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
When Jennifer Lopez did this interview I didn't like what all that she had to say, I thought she was less than Hispanic. And I do consider to be a bit on the "white side." And there is nothing wrong with. But over the years she has gotten more in touch with her roots and I've come around and I agree with some or all of what she has to say about this aspect of the Latino Community. I thought...she is soo wrong our families want us to succeed. And they do. But this tradition can come into play and there is too much modesty or whatever. If she were to explore this issue or angle, her show could sooo interesting. In that regard, like Ugly Betty.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Buzz I think you're being just a little harsh, if everyone involved is creative and dedicated it is an idea that has potential. They tried to go ahead with a series in 04/05 but it didn't work out. Not to mention this is only a pilot. John Hughes wrote the original script and considered directing the film. (John Hughes story) (as Edmond Dantès)Kevin Wade (screenplay) AND, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas was one of the producers...she has done the American Girl movies, Mona Lisa Smile (with Julia Roberts)and I think she was involved with 95's Dead Man Walking, not to mention a good friend of Jennifer's. Richard Baratta also co produced the film and he has been involved with Spiderman 1 and 2, as well as the Julie Taymor film "Across the Universe," etc. I would hate it if it were just one big stereotype, but that's doesn't seem to be what they are going for. At least I hope not. RD: In one of your movies last year, Maid in Manhattan, your character's mother tells her that she shouldn't try to be anything but a maid. Do a lot of Latino parents have that attitude -- accept your station in life? JL: Fear of failure. It's a fear of success almost. They don't want to rock the boat. There's food on the table, a place to eat. There's a fear to dream a little bit more, go a little bit higher. RD: Was that the message you got from your parents? JL: From the community. I felt very much like we're going to work at Macy's, get married, have kids. If you're really ambitious, then you'll go to college, maybe be a lawyer. Forget being a doctor -- it's way too much school to pay for. Luckily, with my mom and dad, I really did get the feeling that we could do anything if we worked hard enough. RD: Has being Latina ever been a handicap for you? JL: I never thought of it that way. I never thought, Oh, I'm not white or blond. I just thought, I could do that. RD: Did you speak Spanish in your home growing up? JL: My grandmother spoke Spanish. My mother came to New York when she was two and my dad when he was six. They speak perfect English. RD: How were you able to pick up the language? JL: After Selena, I took a beating from the Latin press for not knowing Spanish. I said, "Hey, back off. I grew up in an English-speaking country, and I'm proud of my roots, but at the same time, I never learned the language." Then I married Ojani [Noa, her first husband], who only spoke Spanish. I learned it really fast.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Not looking forward to this one...I don't remember much from the movie, but I remember that it was boring.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Wasn't the movie bad enough?
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
Dear freakin' gracious!
Bisque Bisque 9 years
Odd, while I won't be watching this (don't even watch the movie and switch channels if it's showing on hbo) I was sudenly reminded of The Nanny, I don't know why.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Ew. No. I won't be watching this.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Way to enforce the stereotype Jennifer. Next up, an ambitious hard-working chinese girl working her way up the take-out chain.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
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