‘Telenovela’ Eva Longoria

Next week, Eva Longoria‘s hiatus from primetime television is finally over when her her new show, Telenovela where she plays Ana Sofia. The show is a behind the scenes look of a fictional popular Spanish-language soap opera.

It was nearly four years ago Longoria left Desperate Housewives.

“I wanted to focus on good content because Hispanics will show up when the content is good,” she said. “It’s not hitting people over the head ‘We’re Hispanic!’ But at the same time you can be proud that you are that different voice.”

Longoria is not just starring in the show but also writing and directing. She believes that in order to capture the essence of the show, she also needs to be behind the camera.

“When it comes to diversity in television, we have to have more people behind the camera,” she says. “We have to have more producers and writers — specifically, writers — in order to create those stories and dig from the well of our community, which has been untapped. And that’s what we’re doing here,” she said.

'Telenovela' Eva Longoria

TELENOVELA — Episode 101 — Pictured: Eva Longoria as Ana Sofia Calderon — (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC)

Before their official premiere on Monday, the show did a soft launch preview in the beginning of December. The show received praise from the critics but the audience lacked in numbers. The first episode averaged a 1.4 rating in adults ages 18 to 49 and 5.4 million viewers at the 10 pm hour. The second episode was much lower, pulling just a 0.8 rating and 3.3 million.

Meanwhile, the newly engaged actess and her fiancé, businessman Jose Antonio Baston, 45, are planning to adopt!

An insider tells Life & Style that almost immediately after Jose proposed to Eva on Dec. 13, the couple began discussing creating a family of their own.

“Eva will adopt now that she and Jose are engaged,” reveals a source close to the Telenovela actress, 40. “She is so happy with Jose, all she does is talk about adopting as the next thing on her list!

“She wants a baby girl from Mexico, since that’s where her family is from,” adds the source. “It’s just a matter of time before she begins the process!”