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FORBES: Univision Sets El Chapo Season 2 Premiere Date; Will Air Series With English Subtitles

Aug 14, 2017

By Veronica Villafañe – August 14, 2017

Univision is hoping to attract a broader audience when its narco series El Chapo, a co-production between Univision’s Story House and Netflix, returns to the network. Univision will air the new episodes with English subtitles.

“This move speaks to the uniqueness of a series that has captured the attention of audiences around the world – crossing borders, languages, and cultures – and allows us to extend it to U.S. viewers who seek out quality storytelling regardless of language,” said Camila Jiménez Villa, co-president and chief content officer of Fusion Media Group.

Although Univision is promoting the subtitles as a network first, its telenovelas air with English-language closed captioning on CC3 since 2012.

The 12-episode second season will premiere Sunday, September 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Univision. Netflix has yet to announce the date for El Chapo’s season 2’s global debut on its service. Season 1 is currently available on Netflix with English subtitles.

Based on the life story of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the second season kicks off with the drug kingpin’s first prison break and reveals the critical role corrupt government officials play in helping him rise over his rival cartel bosses.

Season 1 of El Chapo debuted on Univision in April with its finale reaching 3.5 million total viewers.

The series stars Marco de la O as El Chapo; Humberto Busto as attorney Conrado Sol aka “Don Sol,” a key political party figure; Juan Carlos Olivas as El Güero, one of El Chapo’s partners; Alejandro Aguilar as Toño, El Chapo’s main assassin; Rolf Petersen as Ramón, rival cartel leader; Hernán Romo as Benjamín, rival cartel leader; Diego Vásquez as Ismael, one of El Chapo’s most trusted partners; Juliette Pardau as Graciela, El Chapo’s second wife; Roberto Uscanga as El Arriero, brother and partner of El Chapo; Antonio De La Vega as Arturo BL, brother and partner of El Chapo; Harold Torres as El Cano, the leader of Emes, the largest rival cartel to El Chapo’s operation this season; Juan Pablo de Santiago as Franco Sebastián; Laura Osma as Elba, El Chapo’s third wife; and Hector Muñoz as Moreno, El Chapo’s son.

El Chapo was created by Silvana Aguirre Zegarra and Carlos Contreras and produced by Daniel Posada. The second season was directed by directors from four countries: Ernesto Contreras (México), Carlos Moreno (Colombia), Hammudi Al-Rahmoun (Spain), Daniel and Diego Vega (Perú).

Source: FORBES

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