August 13, 2008 / 6:21 AM / 9 years ago

ABC and Lopez team on "Maid" TV series

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC is developing a TV series based on the hit Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan.”

<p>Jennifer Lopez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" in New York, May 5, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

Lopez will serve as an executive producer of the hour-long comedy-drama, which has received a pilot commitment. In the 2002 feature, she played a struggling single mother from the Bronx who works as a maid at a swanky Manhattan hotel. A rising politician guest (Ralph Fiennes) falls for her after mistaking her for a wealthy socialite.

“The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan,” said Chad Hodge, who will write the script for the pilot.

The lead in the TV version will still be a young Latina from the Bronx working at a Manhattan hotel who tries to make it in the world. But the series will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.

<p>Jennifer Lopez in a scene from the 2002 film "Maid in Manhattan". ABC is developing a TV series based on the hit Lopez romantic comedy. REUTERS/Columbia Pictures/Handout</p>

“While the hotel’s clientele is an obvious part of this world, I‘m more interested in the downstairs part of ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,”’ Hodge said, referring to the classic British series.

Lopez, a Bronx native, has been very involved, providing “a fountain of ideas,” Hodge said. “She will be very integral in the pilot and series,” he said.

<p>Jennifer Lopez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" in New York, May 5, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

This is the second time that ABC has taken a stab at a series adaptation of “Maid,” following a script developed with a different writer during the 2004-05 development season.

“Maid” could be a suitable companion for the network’s dramedy “Ugly Betty,” which also centers on a hardworking young Latina in New York with big dreams. It, too, was shepherded by a Latina A-lister, Salma Hayek.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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