An Africanized version of hit TV series Desperate Housewives has been announced.
The series, co-produced by Disney & Mo’ Abudu’s EbonyLife TV, will be filmed in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to general manager, Disney Media Distribution, Emerging Markets, Giovanni Mastrangelo, the purpose for bringing Desperate Housewives to Africa is ‘to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling.’
The cast for the Nigerian series will include actors from across Africa, and producers say production will follow the format and storylines of the original US version, but with a Nigerian flavour.
Mo Abudu, the CEO and executive chairman of EbonyLife, said the series spoke universally “to women and to men, about relationships, marriage and bringing up children. All those stories are there. And Africans are the original storytellers. Your grandparents would sit you down at night and tell you tales. We love a good story.”
Abudu, who also fronts a talk show on her network, said the series would be wholly immersed in African culture, and feature African fashion and music.
“We are going to give the stories an African flavour,” she said.
The channel reaches 44 countries on the African continent.
The Desperate Housewives series already have five different versions produced for EMEA and Latin American audiences, including: a Turkish version,’Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari’, the Argentinean version, ‘Amas de Casa Desesperadas’, the Colombian/Ecuadorian version, the U.S. Hispanic version, ‘Donas de Casa Desesperadas‘, and the Brazilian version.