ABC and Lopez team on "Maid" TV series

Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:58am EDT

1 of 2. Jennifer Lopez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, 'Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy' in New York, May 5, 2008.

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

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.

"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.

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.

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