HomeTVGeneral HospitalSri Rao to Adapt Venezuelan Telenovela For NBC Jillian Bowe September 3, 2013 9 Comments General Hospital: Night Shift Season 2 showrunner Sri Rao is jumping back into the soap game. NBC has tapped the popular scribe to adapt The Black Widow, an English-language version of the Venezuelan telenovela La Viuda Joven. The series centers on a mysterious woman who winds up a celebrity after she marries a famous baron. The vixen becomes a person of interest with authorities after her fourth husband dies, and her vast wealth comes to light. The Black Widow is a one of three telenovelas NBC has partnered with Electus to create. The project has already been given a 13-episode order. The original series debuted in 2011, garnering record ratings in Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the United States. Rao will share co-executive producer duties with Electus' Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. 9 Responses curacaoman September 4, 2013 This is awesome! I still believe he should be head scribe at GH. Can’t wait for the Black Widow. The original starred Mariangel Ruiz, First Runner Up Miss Universe 2003 Log in to Reply dawn9476 September 4, 2013 It is my understanding that this is the kind of format he prefers so you will never see him write for GH, Days, Y&R, or B&B. Log in to Reply dawn9476 September 4, 2013 It is my understanding that he doesn’t like the longer format of soaps. 13 episodes is more his speed so he probably will never take a job at a regular daytime soap. Log in to Reply DenverDean September 4, 2013 I read this was 142-episode Telenova, so trimming it to 13 is interesting. Guess 90% of it was filler. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 September 4, 2013 [quote=DenverDean]I read this was 142-episode Telenova, so trimming it to 13 is interesting. Guess 90% of it was filler.[/quote] It’s only based on the telenovela. I guess the American version won’t adapt every character or take over every plot or twist of the show. They most likely take some parts of the original, Americanize it and turn it into a primetime format. Look what they did with “Ugly Betty”. A telenovela was turned into a prime time dramedy. In the end it hadn’t so much to do with the 669 half-hour episodes of the telenovela. Log in to Reply MsAgentProvocateur1 September 4, 2013 Perhaps they will have more luck than they had with the adaptation of Prime Suspect. Log in to Reply logan_echolls September 4, 2013 If he doesn’t like the long formats, at least ABC could have asked him to be a supervising head writer. Someone needs to teach Ron GH history. But anyhoo, I will be watching Log in to Reply bishbay September 4, 2013 I like your idea, logan. I think Rao should be supervising head writer of GH AND Y&R. They’re both the pits. Log in to Reply bottomchef September 11, 2013 But would they cast latin american actors who are not white hispanics for the roles? Would they cast dark skinned latino american and afro latino actors for the roles? Would they cast African american and Asian american actors? It’s great that sri rao’s heading this telenovela remake. There are enough day and night soaps w/ majority white casts only and majority white actors as lead and supporting chars. Enough already! Scandal is the only drama among night soaps that had higher season 2 ratings compared to season 1. There needs to be more night soaps w/ people of color as leading chars bec they can get high ratings like scandal. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.