Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Univision Unveils Fall Schedule Including Three New Novelas

Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, part of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, on Tuesday unveiled a slew of new programming for the 2011/2012 season, including a telenovela co-produced with Sony Pictures based on its movie Maid in Manhattan – its first novela adapted from a film.

Telemundo’s new novelas for the 2011/2012 season, clips of which were presented by Joshua Mintz, senior executive vp, Telemundo Entertainment, are UNA MAID EN MANHATTAN (Maid in Manhattan), FISICO O QUIMICA (Physical or Chemistry), a drama adapted from a Spanish hit series about the parents, students and teachers at an urban high school, CAIDAS DEL CIELO (Fallen from Heaven) about three female bodyguards and Amor de Pelicula (Love…Just Like in the Movies) about a love-struck couple from different backgrounds that shares a passion for movies.

Mintz told The Hollywood Reporter that Telemundo has worked with Sony on projects before, and Maid in Manhattan was “a perfect plot to translate into a telenovela.” Sony wanted to be involved to maintain the integrity of the story and characters, which are known, but continue to intrigue audiences, he said.

Telemundo also announced the launch of a bilingual novelas app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, with L’Oreal as the launch sponsor.

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