Selena Gomez To Executive Produce A Latina ‘Empire’

Selena Gomez at the American Music Awards on November 22, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) — Selena Gomez is developing a new TV series for the Freeform channel.

Deadline reported the 23-year-old singer and actress is teaming with the network and “Instant Mom” and “The Mysteries of Laura” executive producer Aaron Kaplan on the project.

Gomez and Kaplan will co-executive produce the series, which is being described as “a Latina ‘Empire.'” The show is set in a low-income Latino neighborhood and will follow an 18-year-old girl “destined for greatness.”

Kaplan got the idea for the series after seeing Los Angeles high school senior Ana Cobarrubias speak at an event in November. Cobarrubias, who discussed making a difference in her poor neighborhood, will serve as a consultant on the project.

The Freeform channel is owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group and was previously known as ABC Family. The network features programming aimed at young adults, including “Pretty Little Liars” and “Shadowhunters.”

Gomez, who came to fame as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel series “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” is not expected to act on the show. The singer is instead preparing to kick off her “Revival” tour May 6 in Las Vegas.

Gomez released her second solo album, “Revival,” in October, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She will next appear in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” with Zac Efron and is also slated for “The Fundamentals of Caring” with Paul Rudd.


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