ABC green-lights television pilot loosely based on the life of Selena Quintanilla
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Latin recording artist Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was murdered by her former fan club president over two decades ago, yet her name and music still resonate across the pop cultural landscape. Perhaps that’s why ABC has ordered the production of a pilot episode for a “music-driven family drama series” to be created for next fall and will draw its inspiration from Selena’s musical legacy, Deadline reports.

The pilot for the new show, which is currently untitled, will be written by Miguel Nolla, who’s writing credits include work on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” Popular music executive Scooter Braun, who is also the manager to artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, will also come onto the show’s production as an executive producer. The Quintanilla family, including Selena’s father and sister, have also given the production their blessing, and will also join the process as co-producers. According to a press release, Sergio Aguero, Jaime Davila, and Rico Martinez of Campanario Entertainment will also come on as non-writing executive producers, alongside and Braun, Scott Manson, and James Shin of SB Projects.

According to the report, the show won’t be biographical in any way, but will follow the life and career of an award-winning pop star by the name of Alex Guerra. The lead female role will have been “estranged from her family for five years,” and returns to her home in Texas where love triangles, career drama and the discovery of family secrets will unfold. It wasn’t stated in the report as to whether or not the Guerra family will be of Latin heritage, but the name and story location seem to point that they will indeed be.

With a short career that sadly only lasted six years until her untimely death, Selena Quintanilla was on her way to becoming one of the biggest recording artists in U.S. pop music. Her 1995 Dreaming of You LP, which was released posthumously in July of that year, would go on to become the first predominantly Spanish album to top the Billboard 200 chart. Her name, music and legacy would go on to reach bigger heights in 1997 with the release of a successful biographical feature film starring Jennifer Lopez.