6 Primetime Adapted Telenovelas

This post was originally published on March 7, 2014

Who doesn't love a juicy telenovela? It seems everyone does! The popularity of telenovelas has even caused U.S. network executives to adapt a handful into English-language primetime series. From Jane the Virgin to Killer Women, here are five shows that were adapted from telenovelas:

1. Chasing Life

ABC Family's series Chasing Life, which centers on a young aspiring journalist in her 20's battling cancer, was adapted from the Mexican telenovela Terminales.

Find episodes of Chasing Life on Amazon and iTunes.

2. Jane the Virgin

Earlier this year, The CW ordered two drama pilots, one being Jane the Virgin. According to Entertainment Weekly, Gina Rodriguez has been tapped to star as Jane. The upcoming new series was adapted from the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen. In the drama, “a series of surprising and unforeseen events causes a hard-working, religious young Latina woman to be accidentally artificially inseminated.”

Find epsiodes of Jane the Virgin on Amazon and iTunes.

3. Killer Women

The crime drama series Killer Women, which aired on ABC for a month earlier this year before being canceled, was based on the Argentine crime drama Mujeres Asesinas. The 6 episode long series featured Sofia Vergara as one of its executive producers.

Find episodes of Killer Women on Amazon and iTunes.


4. Ugly Betty

Remember the popular telenovela Yo Soy Betty, La Fea? ABC's Ugly Betty, starring America Ferrera, was based on the Colombian soap opera. The comedy-drama primetime TV show was executive produced by Salma Hayek and lasted four seasons.

Find episodes of Ugly Betty on Amazon and iTunes.


5. Hollywood Heights

Hollywood Heights premiered on Nick at Nite on June 18, 2012. The family drama, which starred Colombian American actress Brittany Underwood and Boricua Carlos Ponce, was loosely based on the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella. The popular family drama followed the traditional Latin American telenovela format, airing every weeknight at 9 p.m.

Find episodes of Hollywood Heights on Amazon and iTunes.



6. The Black Widow

In September 2013, the Hollywood Reporter learned that NBC would be developing The Black Widow, an adaptation of Venezuelan telenovela La Viuda Joven. "We believe there is huge potential for telenovelas to be adapted and developed for American viewers. These stories clearly have resonance across all cultures and nationalities," NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said.