TV News: Selena, Spotify, Bloodleaf, Upshaws, Elite

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Christian Serratos (“The Walking Dead”) is in negotiations to lead the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla. The coming of age story follows Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music. Moisés Zamora will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. [Source: Vulture]

Spotify Untold
Yellow Bird U.K. (“Wallander”) has optioned the screen rights to Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud’s tell-all book “Spotify Untold” with plans for a limited series adaptation.

The series will delve into the young Swedish start-up’s journey to become one of the world’s leading music services and its turbulent journey into the U.S. to take on giants including Apple. Berna Levin will serve as executive producer. [Source: Variety]

Cavalry Media has acquired Crystal Smith’s recently published young adult fantasy novel “Bloodleaf” with plans to develop it as a television series. A search is out for a writer.

The story follows Princess Aurelia, a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Fearing her magic, the people have turned against her. After an assassination attempt she must flee her country and disguise herself as a commoner in a distant land. As she perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. [Source: Deadline]

The Upshaws
Comedians Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are teaming to star in the lead roles and executive produce the multi-camera comedy series “The Upshaws” for Netflix.

The story centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana as they struggle to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do so. Sykes will also be a co-showrunner alongside Regina Hicks. Both executive produce along with Epps, Dan Spilo, Page Hurwitz and Niles Kirchner. [Source: The Live Feed]

Netflix has released the official trailer for the second season of their Spanish teen drama series “Elite” which returns on September 6th. The first season was a social media phenomenon last year.

Three working-class teens have just been admitted to Las Encinas, the most exclusive school in the country, after an earthquake destroyed their old school. The clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates a perfect storm that ends in a murder. Who committed the crime?