USA Network has picked up its pilot Queen of the South to series, ordering a 13-part run.
The show, based on the novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alex Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.
The novel was previously adapted by US hispanic network Telemundo, under the title La Reina Del Sur.
It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers are MA Fortin, Joshua John Miller, David Friendly, and Pancho Mansfield.
Fortin and Miller wrote the pilot.
Queen of the South is due to air on the US cable network in 2016.