Lopez sets up sitcom 'Ayuda'
Showtime is getting some “Ayuda” from Jennifer Lopez and “Friends” alum Alexa Junge.Duo are developing a single-camera half-hour laffer for the paybox that’s set in the world of Latina nannies in Los Angeles. Lopez and partner Simon Fields will exec produce, with Junge on board to write and exec produce. Tentative title for the project is “Ayuda,” the Spanish word for “help.” Junge said Sony Pictures Television is producing in association with Lopez and Fields’ Nuyorican Prods. “I’ve been thinking of the show as an ‘Upstairs/Downstairs’ from the point of view of four Latina nannies,” Junge told Daily Variety in an e-mail conversation. “It’s sort of ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘All About My Mother.’” Showtime confirmed that it has ordered a script and is developing the project as a potential pilot. In addition to five years on “Friends,” Junge counts “Sex and the City” among her credits, along with “The West Wing.” She was most recently an exec producer of HBO’s “Big Love.” Nuyrorican’s latest skein is the MTV reality show “Dancelife,” which bowed this week. Shingle also produced UPN’s “South Beach” and has several feature films in various stages of development. “Ayuda” was packaged by WMA.