Singer/actor Jennifer Lopez and her Nuyorican Productions company signed a first-look deal with Universal Media Studios to develop a slate of new TV programs, reports Variety.
The exclusive two-year pact was announced Monday by Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman.
The relationship reunites Lopez with NBC, where she headlined a concert special earlier this decade. Lopez, who runs Nuyorican with producing partner Simon Fields, also developed a sitcom at NBC based on her experiences growing up in the Bronx and guest starred several times on “Will & Grace.”
Under Lopez and Fields, Nuyorican has been busy expanding its TV development, having sold a small screen version of the Lopez feature “Maid in Manhattan” to ABC, as well as the project “Amigas” to Disney Channel.
More recently, Lopez sold a show to TLC that was set to chronicle her life as she launched a fragrance. That project, developed under the cable network’s previous administration, is not moving forward as a series but may still be in the works as a special.
In other J.Lo news, Natalie Portman has replaced the actress in the upcoming film “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” a Don Roos-directed adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel. David Molner, managing director of Screen Capital Intl. and chairman of Incentive Filmed Entertainment, said Portman’s signing salvages a film that was thrown into jeopardy when Lopez abruptly dropped out.
The story revolves around a young woman who finds the key to recovering her marriage in her relationship with her precocious stepson. The film will begin shooting in Manhattan on Nov. 10.