UPDATED: Two TV leading ladies, Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria and former Cold Case star Kathryn Morris are behind Sendera, a Texas border town soap that is in the works at ABC. Additionally, Longoria and her Unbelievable Entertainment are producing two other projects, Parenting by Committee, a single-camera comedy at ABC and Aztecs, a potential mini-series for Starz.
Sendera, from Unbelievable, Morris’ Hotplate Prods. and ABC Studios, is described as a modern day Shakespearean drama about two wealthy families, one from Texas the other from Mexico, locked in a struggle for power, land, sex and legacy. Morris developed the project with Alan Barnette, Josh Gold and Sally Robinson, with Robinson set to write the script. Morris, Barnette and Robinson are executive producing with Texas born-and-raised Longoria and Unbelievable’s Virginia Trinkle.
Parenting by Committee, from writers Alyssa Embree and Jessica Koosed, Unbelievable and ABC Studios, is about four single women who find their lives completely changed when one discovers she is having a baby. The four proceed to raise the boy without a man via parenting by committee.
Aztecs, which is being eyed as a 8-part mini-series for Starz, is a historic re-telling of the romantic relationship between Hernan Cortes and Malinali whose love story was a twisted tale of passion and deceit, of murder, ambition, and shattered dreams that brought an empire to its knees, forever altering the fate of America and Europe. Hans Beimler is writing the project, which is based on an original treatment and is not related to Aztec, a mini-series project based on the best-selling book by Gary Jennings, which has been shepherded by Alfonso Arau and Grant Turk. Longoria is with CAA and Management 360. Morris, who recently wrapped Moneyball, is with Gersh and Mosaic.