‘Laura,’ ‘Cristina’ back to yakking

Controversial shows return to Mexico TV

MEXICO CITY — Televisa has again begun airing controversial yakkers “Laura en America” and “Cristina” seven months after dropping the shows following a gale of outrage from politicians, the Catholic Church and morality campaigners.

The shows were removed from the sked by Mexico’s No. 1 web along with the more outrageous “Hasta en las Mejores Familias” (Even in the Best Families).

“Hasta,” with frequent brawls and topics such as sexual perversion and witchcraft, is not being revived. “Laura,” produced by Telemundo and Peru’s America TV, and Univision’s “Cristina” have more mainstream social content, although many themes still have caused anger across Catholic Latin America.

Despite Televisa’s February move, TV Azteca continued to transmit its popular talkshow “Cosas de la Vida” at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 13.

“Cristina” and “Laura” are now airing back to back 3-5 p.m. on Televisa’s channel Nine.

“You give the public what they want,” one Televisa exec told Daily Variety.

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