Salma Hayek brings some color to television


Salma Hayek is one motivated lady. Aside from her work as an actress, activist and mother, Hayek is an executive producer for Emmy-award winning Ugly Betty and is working on not one, but two new television shows.

Hayek’s latest feat will be producing a family comedy for Fox called The New McToms, in which a “conservative matriarch” has to deal with her three kids marrying “ethnically diverse” spouses.

Leave it to Hayek to bring diversity to the tired family-comedy format on Fox, which is usually whitewashed (think Married … With Children, Malcolm in the Middle and King of the Hill).

Hayek’s production company, Ventanarosa, which has a deal with ABC Studios, is spearheading the project. The show is expected to carry “the trademark ethnic flavor seen in most projects on Hayek’s TV slate,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

McToms is being penned by Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin, the writing team behind 2004’s short-lived family comedy, Quintuplets. Hopefully, Hayek’s expertise will give the McToms some staying power.

The multitalented Hayek is also in talks with Merv Griffin Entertainment about a wedding-themed reality series. Bring us some gay weddings, Salma! We wouldn’t put it past her: In 2003, Hayek publicly denounced the Catholic Church for their treatment of gays and lesbians. In 2005, she testified in front of the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (which was originally drafted by Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden). Hayek has also worked on an international level with UNICEF to help mothers and children in developing countries.

After Hayek’s portrayal of bisexual artist Frida Kahlo (and on-screen kiss with Ashley Judd), the bad taste in my mouth left by Fools Rush In quickly evaporated. After the 2002 release of Frida, the actress responded to The Advocate about Frida being hailed a “lesbian hero”:

[Kahlo is a hero to lesbians] for the same reason that she is a hero to a lot of smart women: because she had the courage to be unique. She had the courage to be who she was and to not apologize for it. She never tried to please anybody’s fantasy of who she should be. Not society, not religion, not her family, not her friends. Not with her art. They didn’t like her art — she didn’t change it. She was herself, at any price. And she was bold about it.

Sound familiar? Hayek may not be a lesbian, but she is continually bold, strong and courageous — and did I mention super-hot? I’m looking forward to her work with Fox. As a gal without cable, I have to take what I can get.

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