Mariángel Ruíz y Luís Gerónimo Abru in 2011’s “La Viuda Joven.” (Photo/Courtesy Venevision Int’l)

Your favorite Spanish-language novela is heading to TV in English remake

Three of the hottest Spanish-language telenovelas will be revamped in English for NBC, which will make the drama-raised soaps a mainstay of the upcoming television season

NBC will remake approximately three telenovelas for mainstream audiences. First up for the network is an English-language adaptation of Venezuelan favorite “La Viuda Joven,” NBC executives announced Tuesday.

“La Viuda Joven” – or the “The Black Widow,”as the English version will be known – will closely follow the original, about a young woman whose marriage to a billionaire leads to new-found celebrity status. But because each of her last three husbands dies under mysterious circumstances, she finds herself the subject of suspicion when husband #4 passes away.

“We believe there is huge potential for telenovelas to be adapted and developed for American viewers. These stories clearly have resonance across all cultures and nationalities,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement.


The script will be penned by “General Hospital: Night Shift” writer Sri Rao and will be developed by production company Electus, whose other projects include ABC’s “Killer Women” with executive producer Sofia Vergara.

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The other two novelas that will be developed by NBC have yet to be announced. According to a press release on the news, one of the three novelas will eventually be picked up for a 13-episode order.

The new Black Widow series is likely to catch the eye of English-speaking U.S. Hispanic audiences, as the 2011 novela earned major fans when it was broadcast by Venevisión not only in the U.S., but in Mexico, Spain, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Canada.

Telenovela stars Mariángel Ruiz and Luis Gerónimo Abreu starred as as the protagonists in the original 142-episode series, alongside antagonists  Verónica Schneider, Astrid Carolina Herrera and Beba Rojas. No announcement has yet been made regarding who will star in the English-language adaptation of “La Viuda Joven.”

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