Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, whose ratings this year have made it more competitive with the English-language broadast networks, said Friday it would launch four new telenovels and three new comedies on its flagshp network while offering new content across its portfolio of digital, broadcast and cable assets. The company also said its Univision Deportes network will air more hours of soccer than any other sportscaster, regardless of language.
The company also said it would run ten news documentaries in partnership with Participant Media.
New telenovelas include
“La Tempestad” (The Storm) This riveting telenovela follows the story of Marina, whose revelations of her vengeful former boss’ indiscretions force her to find work in a small fishing village. There she meets Damián, the owner of the fishing boat La Tempestad and they fall in love. But dark clouds quickly gather as jealous and ambitious rivals emerge bent on destroying any hopes they may have had for happiness. Will Damián and Marina be able to weather the storm and find calm waters once again? This telenovela features today’s hottest heartthrob and cross-over sensation William Levy and former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete, and is produced by Salvador Mejia (“Triunfo del Amor” and “Que Bonito Amor”). (Monday – Friday, Primetime – Televisa)
“Mentir para Vivir” (Lie So You Can Live) A single moment in time can change everything forever. That is the premise of this intricate tale which takes off when Oriana finds out her husband in engaged in illegal activities. When an unexpected murder takes place, Oriana flees to a small Mexican resort hotel and takes on a false identity in order to protect her daughter. Through her journey to untangle the lies and plots that have tied her life into knots, she discovers what she’s really made of. Produced by Rosy Ocampo (“Por Ella Soy Eva” and “La Fuerza del Destino”) and written by Maria Zarattini author of “Amor Real” and “Sortilegio,” this telenovela stars Mayrín Villanueva, David Zepeda, Diego Olivera and Altair Jarabo. (Monday- Friday, Primetime – Televisa)
“Libre Para Amarte” (Free to Love) Life’s journey hasn’t been an easy one for Aurora. Not only is she solely responsible for the caring of her niece, but she is also the financial backbone of her entire family, including her boyfriend. She takes over Los Cocodrilos (The Crocodiles), a famous taxi stand in Mexico City, after her father is forced to retire. Her life, however, spins out of control when the man of her dreams gets into her taxi cab one day. But timing is everything in life, and theirs isn’t ideal. As their plot thickens, four additional story lines featuring the hysterical lives of the taxi drivers Aurora works with unfold, and viewers are treated to cameo appearances by some of Latin America’s biggest celebrities playing passengers in the taxis. The telenovela stars Gloria Trevi, known as the “Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop,” making her telenovela debut, as well as Gabriel Soto (“Un Refugio Para el Amor”) and Eduardo Santamarina (“Velo de Novia” and “Rubi”). (Monday – Friday, Primetime – Televisa)
“La Mujer del Vendaval” (The Woman from Vendaval) This is the story of Marcela, a young woman who is about to receive a large inheritance on the condition that she marry. She meets a worthy suitor named Alessandro, a wealthy heir in his own right. A valuable piece of jewelry goes missing and triggers this who-done-it telenovela. Featuring Ariadne Díaz (“Mañana es Para Siempre”) and José Ron “La Que No Podía Amar”), produced by Mapat L. de Zatarain. (Monday – Friday, Primetime – Televisa)
“Durmiendo con mi Jefe” (Sleeping with my Boss) A modern Mexican on the classic sitcom “The Odd Couple.” When Gael, a womanizing boss, gets a divorce, his perpetually late but loyal employee Carlos, takes him into his home. The one catch, he still lives with his “mami” and sister. “Durmiendo con mi Jefe” features veteran comedian and producer Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo and “Hoy” co-host Raul Araiza. (Primetime – Televisa)
“Todo Incluido” (All-Inclusive) While exploiting the comedic situations bound to take place in a busy boutique hotel in Mexico, this sitcom showcases the incredibly popular alter egos of comedian Adrian Uribe. The funnyman’s well-known and beloved characters play several of the hospitality staff members and guests. The sitcom also features other popular Mexican comedians, sports figures, actors, and singers who make cameos each week. (Primetime – Televisa)
“Casate Conmigo” (Marry Me) This comedy series features Valeria Mejia, a woman who flees the altar for the third time. With the help of her three friends, Valeria ponders the question many in her generation ask: ‘Why marry?’ “Casate Conmigo” features a stellar cast that includes Galilea Montijo, Arath de la Torre, Paul Stanley and Jorge Poza, among others. (Primetime – Televisa)
“Va Por Ti” –In search of the next music superstar, twelve of the biggest names in Latin music will join amateur singers as they compete to help them win the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to make it on Hispanic America’s biggest platform: Univision Communications. The Latin superstars will give it all to have their partners become the newest Latin music star and secure a multiplatform deal with Univision and millions of dollars in prizes. Co-produced by Televisa and Univision, this new reality franchise will leverage digital and social platforms to further drive engagement and will provide multiplatform content opportunities. (Sunday, Primetime – Univision and Televisa)
“¡Mira Quién Baila! 4” (Look Who’s Dancing! 4) The hit reality dance competition returns bigger than ever in its fourth season. This competition pairs a group of Hispanic celebrities with dancers showcasing their moves to a variety of rhythms. Every week, contestants rotate partners and compete in front of a live studio audience, while an expert panel of judges selects the top dancers. (Sunday, Primetime – Univision Studios and Endemol)
“Nuestra Belleza Latina 8” (Our Latin Beauty 8) One of the highest rated reality shows on Spanish-language television returns more beautiful than ever in its eighth season. “Nuestra Belleza Latina” features the perfect mixture of reality drama, talent contest and beauty pageant all rolled into one, with the ultimate pay off – viewers vote to decide who stays and who goes. Hosted by Giselle Blondet, viewers enjoy every intimate detail of this exciting reality competition, starting with episodes featuring the cross-country auditions for the next Latin beauty and the grueling process contestants are put through to be selected as the finalists. Renowned beauty coach Osmel Sousa, Mexico’s former Miss Universe Lupita Jones and telenovela heartthrob Julian Gil return as the panel of judges who, along with viewer participation, determine the winner. (Sunday, Primetime – Univision Studios)
“Parodiando 3” (Parody 3) A sidesplitting comedy show featuring contestants competing as the top celebrity impersonator, “Parodiando” returns with non-stop laughs and a cast of superstar mentors offering advice and guiding contestants through various challenges. Héctor Sandarti hosts and presents the program’s contestants as they deliver hilarious skits and amusing performances, imitating entertainment’s all-time favorite celebrities. With two teams of imitators battling it out, the one left standing will get the last laugh. (Sunday, Primetime – Televisa)