Sarah Goddard Staff Writer
During the recent upfronts, ABC announced they were looking for limited run series’ to fill in the gaps left by the winter hiatuses for shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and a new project in development from Executive Producer Ben Silverman
Ben Silverman, could just be the show to fit that bill.
Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Pedro and Maria, will be a modernisation of the classic love story but instead tell the tale of a second generation Dominican, raised on the streets, who ultimately falls in love with a wealthy Puerto Rican woman, played by America Ferrera.
According to reports, instead of the traditional Capulet’s vs. Montague’s, Pedro and Maria will see the story told as "two opposites cut from the same cloth caught in the trap of forbidden love. He is a second generation Dominican from the mean streets of Washington Heights. She is a Puerto Rican whose parents made millions as real estate developers. It’s a clash of the haves and the have-nots, of Main St vs. Wall St, set against a volatile cultural backdrop that fiercely believes neither side should mix with the other."
Just like Silverman’s Ugly Betty, Pedro and Maria will follow along the Spanish soap opera or ‘telenovela’ style of storytelling. The series was originally conceived as an interactive style show, where viewers could have the ability or vote and decide on the direction of the characters and future storylines, although it is unclear whether this idea is still being considered.