A Selena Quintanilla Scripted Series Is Coming to Netflix

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Selena Quintanilla, queen of Tejano music, Latinx crossover hits and mi corazon, is getting a scripted television series on Netflix. Don’t worry, her family is on board.


According to Deadline, it’s titled Selena: The Series and is “the official story of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla,” covering her origin story, rise to fame and, presumably, her tragic death.

Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla, an executive producer on the project (Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Selena’s father and manager, is also an EP), shared a statement:

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”


This appears to be good news after a history of the entertainment industry trying to make money off Selena’s memory against her family’s wishes. There was the Selena Gomez duet. And there was the battle between Selena’s father and her widower, Chris Perez, the latter of whom attempted to greenlight a television series based on his memoir (Selena’s father called it “unauthorized”).

A release date for the Netflix series has yet to be announced, and the 15-second promo leaves much to be desired, but it’s real. It has been 21 years since Jennifer Lopez’s career was swung all the way open with her portrayal of the iconic singer in the 1997 biopic Selena and I’m ready for more.

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Can I ask maybe a weird question? How much of the recent interest in Selena is actual interest in Selena, and how much is weird gross 90s retro capitalization?

Like, listen, I’m from Houston, Selena is our GODDESS; I cried like a baby when she was murdered. Cried for days. And I love her and anytime a song of hers is randomly played on the radio or at a party, I get super excited. But now HEB has her face on grocery bags and there’s this Netflix show and all the kids at my daughter’s school go around putting Como La Flor in all of their Spotify playlists and IDK. Is the Selena revival just because some people were like “oh man, remember how great Selena was?” Or is it “here is a 90s zeitgeist thing and let’s make shirt about it?” (Perhaps my cynicism is also due to the fact that the other band who regularly fills my daughter and her friends’ playlists is Sublime, and let’s face it, no one talks about the long-lasting legacy of 40 Oz to Freedom.)

Or maybe I’m just cranky.  Anyway, Como La Flor is a jam, and everyone should put it on their Spotify playlists.