It’s been over five years since the death of Mexican superstar Jenni Rivera, also known as “La Diva de la Banda,” from a horrific plane crash. With her legacy living on with her millions of fans, Telemundo is airing a bio-musical series in honor of the female star’s life titled Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio.
The series will center on the singer’s life before fame and her road to success, all the way to her tragic passing. It will be based on of Rivera’s New York Times best-selling autobiography “Unbreakable” and incorporate testimonies from her loved ones including unreported details of her life.
The Jenni Rivera Estate sued Univision for $10 million after airing a biographical series titled Su Nombre Era Dolores: La Jenn Que Yo Conocí in January, which allegedly featured unauthorized confidential information. The show was based on a book by the singer’s former manager Pete Salgado.
“Everybody wanted a Jenni Rivera series,” Rosie Rivera said at the Latin Billboard Conference in Miami in April. “The family just wasn’t ready. And Telemundo was so patient. The children had to heal.”
This series joins Telemundo’s strategy to move away from telenovelas and modernize their lineup with prime-time dramas, memoirs, and biopics. The network will be releasing biopics for Latin music stars like Selena Quintanilla, Luis Miguel, Nicky Jam and José José.
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio premieres on Tuesday, June 27th on Telemundo.