ABC and NBC on a Bidding War for Eva Longoria
One of the stars of “Desperate Housewives” is planning to make a TV comeback. Eva Longoria, who was last seen in the ABC drama comedy, is charting her return to the small screen. This time, two networks are bidding over her, with two separate offers. Read on for the details.
According to Deadline, Longoria has received two different project offers from the networks ABC and NBC.
While the actress has not been seen on the small screen since “Desperate Housewives” ended in 2012 after eight seasons, she remains an active part of television as an executive producer. She formed the production company, UnbeliEVAble, with Ben Spector as her producing partner. UnbeliEVAble has already produced “Devious Maids” for Lifetime and is currently attached to “Telenovela,” a behind-the-scenes drama about a soap opera star. Longoria’s company is working on “Telenovela” with NBC.
The report stated that NBC would like the actress to star in “Telenovela” and should she agree, the peacock network would be willing to give the show a straight-to-series order with 13 episodes. If Longoria decides to work off-camera, however, “Telenovela” would instead get a pilot order.
Aside from “Telenovela,” the actress is also producing the musical comedy “Tuned” for NBC, which will star Zachary Levi (“Chuck”).
Meanwhile, the offer from the Disney-owned network will have the actress starring in a half-hour comedy, which has been developed by the same team behind last season’s “Trophy Wife.” The show will be about a home renovator named Mia who meddles and solves the problems of those around her, and there was already a pilot order set. However, if the actress agrees to come aboard, it will get a straight-to-series order to match NBC’s offer.
Longoria has a solid history with the network, by virtue of the years she spent working on “Desperate Housewives,” which aired on ABC.
The Deadline report also stated that while it is not unusual for actors to receive offers to star in their own show they are producing, this bidding war with Longoria is a rare case.
So which network and what project will Eva Longoria choose to work in front of the cameras with next? Will she go with NBC’s “Telenovela” or with the ABC’s comedy? We’ll keep tabs of this development here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Eva Longoria/My Canon