Lifetime Television ordered 20 episodes of Bianca, a steamy weekly primetime novela based on the popular German television series of the same name, officials said Monday.
The series will be produced on location in Australia and comes from FremantleMedia North America, producers of hit television series American Idol and internationally renowned experts in the field of novelas.
Bianca explores forbidden love between a woman searching for a new life after being unfairly imprisoned and a wealthy man trapped into an impending loveless marriage.
“This is a groundbreaking deal for FremantleMedia North America, as it will be the first time we will be producing a scripted series in the United States,” CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said in a prepared statement.
“Internationally, however, we have a long tradition of producing popular serial drama and have recently been very successful at introducing the telenovela concept to Europe,” he added. “We look forward to working with Lifetime to bring the story of Bianca to U.S. audiences this fall.”