By: Paulette Cohn
There’s a whole new slate of telenovelas on the horizon for the 2017-2018 TV season and Univision and UniMás are getting a jump start with the introduction of Rosario Tijeras (Univision) and Totalmente Diva (UniMás ) this month.
Up first is Totalmente Diva, a modern-day fairy tale about young love set in the world of beauty pageants, premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET. It is the story of Eliza (Marina Ruy Barbosa), a young girl who must overcome many obstacles to win a beauty pageant in order to turn her life around and help her family. Along the way, she meets two men, and she must decide which of them is her true love. There’s Arthur (Fábio Assunção), the owner of a modeling agency who wants to transform her into a professional model who has what it takes to win the “Totalmente Diva” pageant, and Jonatas (Felipe Simas), a young street vendor who helps Eliza survive in the big city. Which one will it be?
Then later this month, Univision introduces its new novela Rosario Tijeras. Based on true-life events, it is the story of a woman from one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Mexico City. A victim of an incident that marks her for life, Rosario (Barbara de Regil) develops a dark vision of love. Constantly battered, harassed, and assaulted by those around her, she becomes a female assassin. When she meets two men — José María de Tavira as Antonio Betancourt and Antonio Gaona as Emilio Echegaray — from different walks of life, she falls in love with both, and they in turn with her, pulling them into her world of violence, revenge, and danger. Rosario Tijeras premieres Tuesday, June 27 at 10 p.m. ET/9 CT.
EL CHAPO — Season 2
Based on the real-life of one of the world’s most notorious criminals, Season 2 of El Chapo combines reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with the drama-telling skills of a team of talented storytellers and producers, as it continues to explore Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s rise to power in the Sinaloa Cartel and his ultimate downfall.
Mi Marido Tiene Familia (My Husband has a Family)
This dramedy pokes fun at traditional attitudes toward the extended family in a modern marriage. The main characters are blissfully happy and planning their future when a twist of fate lands them in a difficult and comical situation: their in-laws, who they thought lived abroad, are actually their new landlords.
Papá a Toda Madre (The Mother of all Dads)
Papá a Toda Madre is the story of frivolous business owner Mauricio, played by Hispanic America’s beloved heartthrob Sebastian Rulli, who is forced to grow up when confronted with an unconventional situation: a 9-year old girl shows up claiming to be his daughter. The revelation destroys Mauricio’s plans to marry into wealth to save his family business, which his best friend has led into bankruptcy, and he enlists his ex-employee to help raise the girl. As the story unfolds, Mauricio discovers his best friend is actually the girl’s father, and he must choose between saving his company and fighting for his new family.
Amar Después de Amar (To Love After Loving)
In this thrilling tale, two families’ lives collide when a car accident reveals an unexpected affair. A father of twin boys, who owns a fishing company, and a well-off mother of two teenagers experience love at first sight at a school meeting, but fight their adulterous urges in order to save their marriages and protect their children. That is, until the accident reveals the two were in the car together — with the mother gone missing, and the father in a coma. Dozens of questions arise and truths are revealed as the drama unfolds.
El Último Dragón (The Last Dragon)
This international crime drama, stars Kuno Becker, whose character lives in Japan but travels the world to conduct business. The story begins by showing how he got there: as a boy, and a grandson of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is sent away by his grandfather after his parents are murdered in Mexico. The story then picks up in Japan 20 years later, when the handsome and educated young man is unknowingly being prepared by his grandfather’s confidante—a member of Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, the Japanese Yakuza—to represent his family back home, as the heir of narcos.