NBC is giving their new mid-season comedies Telenovela and Superstore a sizeable launching pad. The network has announced that both series will air back-to-back episode behind ratings juggernaut The Voice later this year before settling into the regular time-slots in January.
Supertore will air two episodes at 10/9c on Monday November 30th, behind a two-hour episode of The Voice; while Telenovela will air double episodes on Monday December 7th from 10/9c, airing behind the penultimate Monday episode of the global singing format. Superstore will premiere in its regular time-slot on Monday January 4th at 8/7c, leading into Telenovela at 8:30/7:30c.
Penned by The Office‘s Justin Spitzer, Superstore follows a group of employees at a big-box store and explores the examination of love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. The comedy is produced by NBC’s sister studio Universal Television and stars America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos. Justin Spitzer, David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer serve as the executive producers on the series.
Hot & Bothered follows Ana Sofia, the star of a Latino soap-opera, and her lively family of cast and crew who are all competing to steal the spotlight. When the cameras turn off, the drama turns up as Ana battles pesky network execs, drunken script writers, narcissistic co-stars, and an unfortunately familiar new onscreen love interest. The comedy series is produced by Universal Television and stars Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria Riva, Jose Moreno Brooks, Alex Meneses, Amaury Nolasco, Jadyn Maria and Izzy Diaz.
“We’re extremely excited about ‘Superstore’ and are so fortunate to have the incredibly talented America Ferrera, who won over the hearts of viewers and critics in ‘Ugly Betty,’ coming to NBC as a producer and star. She’s joined by a terrific ensemble in a comedy set in a location everyone in the country can really relate to,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “We are also over the moon to have the incomparable ‘desperate housewife’ Eva Longoria producing and starring in ‘Telenovela,’ which we love. Her tour-de-force performance as Ana Sofia, the demanding but vulnerable star of a larger-than-life telenovela, is hilarious.”