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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Executive Produce 'Mom Comedy' on ABC

First Posted: Oct 11, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
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"LIVE With Kelly and Michael" TV host Kelly Ripa and her husband, "Alpha House" actor, Mark Consuelos have been married for 17 years and now they are taking on new endeavor together, producing a TV show on ABC.

Earlier this week, the former soap stars' rep announced they are developing a mom comedy for ABC through their production company, Milojo Productions, The Wrap reported.

While Ripa has a bubbly and funny personality, it's not based on her life, the mom comedy is based on a single mom - Ripa and Consuelos have three children Michael, 15, Lola, 11, and Joaquin, 10. (Consuelos was born in Zaragoza, Spain, to a Mexican father and an Italian mother.)

"The project will follow a liberal single mom raising two kids in Brooklyn. The pilot will launch with her conservative 16-year-old son starting an internship at her small design firm with plans to take the family business global," The Wrap reports.

Ripa and Consuelos, both 42, will executive produce with Sri Rao, the former head writer of Soapnet's 2007 primetime spinoff, "General Hospital: Night Shift," who's also writing the project.

According to The Wrap, Rao is also currently working on NBC's adaptation of Venezuelan telenovela "La Viuda Joven" called "The Black Widow."

The star couple joins other celebrities who have crossed over to the TV production side.

Puerto Rican singer-actress, Jennifer Lopez produces, "The Fosters" on ABC family about a biracial, lesbian couple raising children. Lopez recently received the 2013 Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign for her highlighting LBGT families on TV.

Mexican actress, director and producer, Salma Hayek was an executive producer of "Ugly Betty," a television series that aired around the world from 2006 to 2010.  Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea" in 2001.

Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, the project would later be picked up by ABC for the 2006-2007 season with Silvio Horta also producing. Hayek guest-starred on "Ugly Betty" as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007. Hayek's performance as Sofia resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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