Mo Abudu’s TV comes with African version of Desperate Housewives

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

EbonyLife TV owned by Nigeria’ ace television presenter and entrepreneur, Mo Abudu, has signed a co-production deal for the African version of Desperate Housewives scheduled debut mid -2014.
According a statement made available SundiataPOST by Red , the original ABC TV series- Desperate Housewives – followed the lives of a group of as seen the eyes of a dead neighbour who committed the very first episode. The storyline covers thirteen years of the lives over eight seasons as they worked domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect neighbourhood.
The statement said Ben Pyne, President of global distribution at Disney, revealed at the recently concluded MIPCOM 2013 (an international TV and entertainment held Cannes once every year; where content is introduced for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing) that the African version of the comedy/drama series created by Marc Cherry, and broadcast by ABC from 2004 until 2012 – is currently development, for a summer 2014 debut.
The co-production deal with EbonyLife TV will feature an African cast, set in , Nigeria, where will also be shot,  airing in 44 countries within the African continent. The highly popular series gathered a huge following in Nigeria as well over the years.
The statement quoted Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV as saying:  “We are going relevant, number one, by using local talent — talent that our viewers will know and love; two, we are going work with local stylists, local fashion designers, local interior designers.
“We are going to give the stories an African flavour. We will localize , because there’ nothing the West has that doesn’t have. We love, we fight, we kiss and we up. We like all the good things in life. There’s good and there’s evil globally. So all those interests, those things that appeal to you, believe me, appeal to us also.” Mo Abudu added.
The Nigerian series will feature an African cast of new emerging and established talents and will be filmed on location in , Nigeria, at Adiva Estates, a gated development along the Lekki Expressway, developed by ARM. This location has been identified as ’s own “Wisteria Lane”.
Production will closely follow the format and storylines of the original US version, with a uniquely Nigerian flavour.
The series has had four South American versions: one for Argentina, one for Colombia and one for as well as a remake in Turkey.