The CW is set to bring a popular telenovela stateside, and it's lined up a past collaborator to pull it together.
Jennie Snyder Urman, creator of the short-lived medical drama "Emily Owens, MD," has been tapped to adapt the 2002 Venezuelan series "Juana La Virgen" for US audiences. The CW's adaptation, entitled "Jane the Virgin," centers on a hard working and devoutly religious young woman who accidentally becomes artificially inseminated after a series of outrageous events.
Created by Perla Farias, the original aired on Venezuelan broadcaster RCTV where it garnered dominant ratings, drawing an average 39.1 share. Since its original airing, the series has been broadcast around the world and translated into nine languages. It is currently available for US viewers via streaming service Hulu.
In addition to her brief medical drama, Snyder Urman has served as writer and producer on The CW series "90210" and "Gilmore Girls." She will write the pilot for the adaptation as part of her overall deal with CBS TV Studios, in addition to serving as executive producer along with Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier. Silverman himself has some success in adapting Latin American series to US audiences, having served as producer on ABC's popular "Ugly Betty" series as well as their upcoming "Killer Women."