Gloria Estefan returns to television this Thursday as mentor on CW's new singing competition The Next. However, she's not the only one in the Estefan family who is hard at work on new projects. Hubby Emilio Estefan is expanding his resume as filmmaker, author and producer to include television producer.
Estefan is set to create and executive produce a Latin-themed drama according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is intended for a fall premiere. 20th Century Fox is excited for the project, releasing the following statement.
"Emilio Estefan's eye for talent, taste in material and brilliant creative instincts have made him one of the most accomplished producers of our times, and we are excited to be in business with him. Reaching out to all audiences, including the Latino audience, is a critical priority for this studio as we look for that next big international hit. Emilio has a vision for a dramatic series that combines great storytelling with an authenticity in terms of Latino culture that we think every network will want on their schedule. We can’t wait to begin the development process with him."
The producer played an important role in Latin music over the last 30 years, working with the biggest names in the industry. He explained to THR that he feels Latinos are not always represented in the best light on television. "A lot of the things they usually have related to Latinos were prostitutes, housekeepers or drug dealers," he said. "I feel this will definitely bring a lot of hope and respect to a lot of new generation actors to be able to play any kind of role."
Few details are currently available on the show, including what network to expect the drama to air on.