NBCUniversal’s Latino-focused mun2 announced that the third season of Jenni Rivera‘s reality series I Love Jenni will premiere April 14 at 9 PM ET. It comes four months after the pop icon died in a plane crash in Northern Mexico that killed seven. The episodes will include footage shot in the month before her death as well as footage shot afterward as her family deals with her loss. Rivera’s children Chiquis, Jacqui, Michael, Jenicka and Johnny and Rivera’s sister Rosie will also appear in new episodes. Already a superstar in Mexico, the 43-year-old mother of five was just beginning to make inroads in the U.S. entertainment industry. The fatal crash occurred in the middle of filming the docu reality series and days after Rivera closed a deal to topline her own sitcom for ABC. On April 7, the network will air a one-hour tribute special We Love Jenni featuring Thalia, Snoop Lion, Diana Reyes, Regional Mexican stars Tucanes de Tijuana, Horoscopos de Durango and Larry Hernandez, The Voice host Carson Daly, and Extra’s Mario Lopez. Rivera made her film debut in the 2012 Sundance drama Filly Brown, although that pic’s release date is TBA following the US closure of Indomina Releasing.
UPDATED: Latin singing and TV star Jenni Rivera died early today in a plane crash in Northern Mexico, Univision and AP confirmed. Univision, which has covered Rivera’s tragic death since the story broke, pre-empted its primetime lineup tonight to air Rivera-themed programming. Aqui y Ahora at 8 PM will feature a segment about the crash, followed by a Jenni Rivera Special and a special edition of entertainment news show Sal y Pimienta entirely dedicated to Rivera.
Cable TV network mun2, which airs docu reality series I Love Jenni that starred Rivera, and Telemundo Media issued a statement that said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rivera family and the families of her team, as we await details”. In honor of Rivera, Telemundo will broadcast a two-hour primetime special at 7 p.m. EST, coast to coast, and mun2 will re-broadcast it at 9 p.m. EST. Mun2 will also air two previously produced I Love Jenni specials at 11 p.m. EST and midnight EST.
Mexico’s secretary of communications and transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said authorities found scattered remains of the aircraft in which Rivera and six others were traveling after the plane was reported missing this morning. Esparsa said “all indications” point to this being the plane. There are no survivors, officials said, and the level of destruction is making it difficult to collect physical evidence. The U.S.-registered Learjet 25 went missing about 62 miles from Monterrey after taking off at 3:15 a.m. local time, Reuters reported. The singer was headed for the city of Toluca in central Mexico after a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night. In addition to Rivera, two pilots and four other passengers were aboard.
Long Beach native Rivera, 43, who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, was the star of the mun2 docu-reality series I Love Jenni, which has been filming its third season. The news comes days after Rivera, a mother of five, closed a deal to topline her own sitcom for ABC, Jenni.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Jenni, a multi-camera family comedy starring Mexican-American singer-songwriter Jenni Rivera. It hails from leading Broadway producer Robert L. Boyett — marking his return to television, where he was one of the top comedy series producers in the 1980s and 1990s — and Robert Horn (Designing Women). Boyett and Horn will write the project, which stars Rivera as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills, while struggling to run a family business and navigate her extended, co-dependent relatives — all while fighting the cultural perception that she needs a man to do it. Boyett and Horn will executive produce, with Rivera and her manager Pete Saldago serving as producers for ABC Studios.