This story was updated Saturday at 9:50 a.m. PT, see below.
While the surprising announcement Friday of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony splitting up had many wondering about the fate of their 3-year-old twins, another one of their creations faces an uncertain future: “Q’Viva! The Chosen,” a TV series they had been shooting and producing together over the summer (see video above).
“Q’Viva” is an “American Idol”-style unscripted performance/competition series with a Latin flavor the couple announced back in April with XIX Entertainment, run by “Idol” executive producer Simon Fuller, and global production giant Endemol. Lopez and Anthony were said to be on a three-month shoot over the summer in which they were to scout talent all over the globe in preparation of bringing back the best and brightest for a live production. From the clip above, it seemed they were functioning as hosts of the show.
When and where “Q’Viva” would air was an open question, but the ambitious intent was that 21 different countries around the world were to air it simultaneously in three different languages. However, network partners were never named. Blackberry maker Research in Motion was on board as a sponsor.
“Q’Viva” was touted as capturing “the drama and intense emotions of the incredible stories and personal journeys that Jennifer and Marc uncover.” Now that promotional blather has unintended meaning, one that could have real consequences for the production. Given the “intense emotions” may have been of the bi-directional variety between Lopez and Anthony, the program could become of even greater interest now that it’s conceivable that the “Q’Viva” shoot provided the backdrop to the dissolution of their marriage.
Even in the likely event that the footage of these two–who have always seemed to be consummate professionals–betrays no signs of their distress, “Q’Viva!” will still carry a tabloid-friendly marketing hook. How that affects the release of the series remains to be seen; inquiries made to XIX Entertainment and Endemol have yet to be returned.
The Lopez-Anthony split will also inevitably spill into coverage of whether Lopez is returning for another season of “Idol.” A flurry of reports published Monday suggested her coming back was a done deal, but Fox has been mum on the subject.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Fuller’s XIX Entertainment responded early Saturday that “Q’Viva!” is “going ahead with both of them as planned” and that the company would issue a statement next week with more details.
2nd UPDATE: An XIX Entertainment rep clarified Monday that while the shoot was initially scheduled to occur over the summer, it was rescheduled to take place in the fall and that it is still scheduled to continue with both Lopez and Anthony despite their split. While that may or may not put a pin in the provocative-footage theory advanced above–there may still be footage of the two of them together though the actual shoot didnt’ take place–it will be all the more interesting to the show’s buyers if “Q’Viva!” manages to reunite the couple for further filming.