Ricky Martin to develop series for NBC
“Universal Television has signed a talent holding deal with multiplatinum recording artist Ricky Martin to develop and star in his first network television series and specials,” the company said in a press release.
“Ricky is an iconic superstar who is as talented as he is popular,” Universal Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria said.
“Whether he’s performing before sold-out concert crowds, or starring on Broadway, where he is currently playing to SRO in ‘Evita,’ Ricky connects with his audience in a very palpable way - and we are thrilled that he will be adding TV star to his incredible resume,” the NBC Universal executive said.
The 40-year-old Martin was a guest star on the Fox TV hit comedy “Glee” earlier this year.
The singer has sold 60 million albums worldwide.
The news comes less than a month after it was announced that Puerto Rican actress and singer Jennifer López is developing a show about a lesbian couple for the ABC Family network.
She will serve as the executive producer of the hour-long drama series, according to media reports.
The untitled project will reportedly feature a lesbian couple with one partner as a cop and the other as a private school teacher.
In the show, the lesbian couple has a biological son and an adopted teenage twins - a boy and a girl. Their household turns upside down when a wayward teenage girl moves in with them.
López is leaving her role as judge on “American Idol” and has launched “Q’Viva! The Chosen,” which airs on Univision and Fox, with her former husband Marc Anthony. The show features the former couple as they travel across the globe to find the best Latin talent. Both Anthony and López are executive producers of the show, along with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller and the show’s director, Jamie King.