Univision to bow drama ‘Ley’

Skein skedded for Tuesday nights

MIAMI — Spanish-lingo network Univision will bow Plural Entertainment’s legal drama “Al Filo de la Ley” (At the Edge of the Law) on Tuesday.

Weekly one-hour original series is skedded for Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

While novela strips fill the earlier primetime hours on Univision, the 10-11 p.m. slot varies, with talker “Cristina” on Monday, variety show “Don Francisco Presenta” on Wednesdays, newsmag “Aqui y Ahora” on Thursdays — all original, U.S.-based productions — and two half-hour variety/comedy shows from Mexico’s Televisa on Friday.

If well received, the drama could mark a new stage in programming for U.S. Spanish-lingo television. To date, Univision, which commands most of the audience and ratings, has relied on its foreign programming supply partners — chiefly Televisa and Venevision — for scripted programming, nearly always novelas.

Univision has commissioned sitcoms and pilots for other types of series in the past, but none has lasted.

Although filmed in Miami, “Al Filo de Ley” is set in a Los Angeles law firm that handles immigration, labor and discrimination cases, as well as civil and criminal actions. Not unlike the “Law & Order” franchises, the series is based on real-life accounts of Hispanics caught in the U.S. judicial system.

Cast is headed by Jorge Aravena, Natalia Ramirez and Ximena Rubio.

Series is also Plural Entertainment’s first foray into series television for the U.S. market. Company, a subsidiary of Spain’s Prisa, has a first-look exclusive deal with Univision for the U.S. market but is exploring other productions for Latin American pay TV programmers.

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