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Disney Is Taking 'Desperate Housewives' To Lagos In Deal w/ Nigeria-Based EbonyLife TV

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 7, 2013 7:03 PM
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Desperate Housewives

Some cross-continental love...

Announced at the ongoing MIPCOM 2013 (the international TV and entertainment market held in Cannes once every year; where content is introduced for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing)...

Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney, revealed that an "African version" of Desperate Housewives - the once comedy/drama series created by Marc Cherry, and broadcast by ABC from 2004 until 2012 - is currently in development, for a summer 2014 debut.

The co-production deal is with Nigeria-based EbonyLife TV (no affiliation with Ebony magazine) - a multi-platform broadcaster, and subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa) in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Desperate Housewives the "African version" will feature a pan-African cast, and will be set in Lagos, Nigeria, where it will also be shot, with a summer 2014 debut date set, airing in 44 countries within the continent.

“We are going to make it relevant, number one, by using local talent — talent that our viewers will know and love; two, we are going to work with local stylists, local fashion designers, local interior designers," said Mo Abudu, CEO and executive chairman, EbonyLife TV, to Variety“We are going to give the stories an African flavor. We will localize it, because there’s nothing that the West has that Africa doesn’t have: we love, we fight, we kiss, we make up. We like all the good things in life. There’s good and there’s evil globally. So all those human interests, those things that appeal to you, believe me, appeal to us also.”

Well then...

The original ABC TV series followed the dramatic lives of a group of women, over a 13-year period, and 8 seasons, as seen through the eyes of a dead neighbor who committed suicide in the very first episode. 

The series has seen remakes in Turkey, Colombia, and Brazil, since its debut.

So the obvious question here is, what actresses from the continent will make up the ensemble cast in the Nigeria-set version of Desperate Housewives? Nollywood talents should definitely get some looks here...

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3 Comments

  • AMH90 | October 9, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    I am looking forward to this!

  • Nigerian Viewer | October 8, 2013 6:57 PMReply

    Nigerian media is going through a faze where it is binging on foreign-inspired content. And EbonyLife is the poised to be a machine to churn out pseudo-American content for the Lagos Island based Nigerian.
    Very little on their platform is engaging. Glossy, yes. Engaging, not so much.
    But you know what? Imports sell and at the very least, some good money will circulate in the industry over this project.

  • John Oluwole ADEkoje | October 7, 2013 7:13 PMReply

    Wow! Nollywood commands a nod!

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