Adapted Telenovelas Take Hold In Primetime

The CW’s Jane The Virgin, adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela is the latest show to be adapted from the daily hour-long shows in Spanish to hour-a-week programs suited to American sitcom formats. Ben Silverman, who has worked with other adapted series like The Office which appeared in Great Britain before it became a primetime U.S. show, was the production architect of it as well as ABC’s telenovela adaptation Ugly Betty (2006-10).

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