With Chasing Life already renewed for a second season, ABC Family is eyeing another series based on a Latin American format, Valentina. It hails from Chasing Life executive producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and Jane The Virgin executive producer Jorge Granier of RCTV International.
Based on the RCTV telenovela Mi Gorda Bella Valentina (official English-language sales title My Sweet Fat Valentina) is a comedic hour described as “Revenge meets Ugly Betty“. It is about a young girl whose incredibly wealthy mother is killed in an accident. After the mother’s extended family takes over her company, Valentina realizes that her mother may in fact have been murdered by her family for control of her business. Valentina, the sole heir to the empire, fears that she may be next so she disappears and returns 10 years later, looking totally different and set out for revenge against her family to take back what is rightfully hers. Kaplan and Granier executive produce.
The original telenovela, created by Carolina Espada and starring Natalia Streignard and Juan Pablo Raba, ran on Venezuela’s RCTV from November 2002 until September 2003. It has aired in 80 countries, including in the U.S. where it was carried by Telemundo, and has been remade in several other territories including India and Mexico.
Based on Mexican telenovela Terminales, ABC Family’s Chasing Life recently hit ratings highs for the second portion of its first season. Additionally, Kaplan has ABC Family comedy pilot Kevin At Work.
Valentina stems from Kapital’s first-look deal with RCTV, which allows Kaplan to explore RCTV’s library of formats in partnership with Granier.
Jane The Virgin, also based on an RCTV format brought to the U.S. by UTA-repped Granier, won a Golden Globe for best comedy actress for Gina Rodriguez. The dramedy series already has been renewed for a second season.