She’s sold out concert arenas and topped the pop charts. She’s also been a fugitive from the law and served nearly five years in prison before resurrecting her career a decade ago.
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi’s life has long been the stuff of a reality show, so it’s no surprise to find her as the subject of a 13-episode docu-series premiering Sunday on NBCUniversal’s Mun2. “A Toda Gloria” (“In All Glory”) follows the singer, widely known as the “Mexican Madonna,” while on tour to promote her latest album, along with glimpses of her behind-the-scenes activities and her home life as a mother of two.
“It never occurred to me to have a reality series, given all the attention I get,” Trevi told Variety.
The singer recently moved to Texas to avoid the constant glare of paparazzi. Before that, she had lived in Mexico, Monterrey and Miami. However, When Mun2 informed Trevi that 80% of the respondents to a survey said they wanted to see a show about her, she agreed.
“I feel that making a reality show is giving my fans the keys to my home, my life and is a way of sharing my dreams and frustrations with them,” she said.
Like Madonna, Trevi has managed to reinvent herself time and time again, especially after the scandal that led her to spend four years and eight months in prison for allegedly enabling her then-partner and manager Sergio Andrade to abuse the young girls in her entourage. After the scandal broke, Trevi and Andrade were fugitives from Mexican authorities, fleeing to Brazil for a few months before they were arrested.
Trevi ultimately served time in Brazil and Mexico — she even gave birth to a son fathered by Andrade while behind bars — before she was released in late 2004 when a judge ruled there was insufficient evident to convict her of rape, kidnapping and corruption of minors. Andrade remains in prison.
Since her release, Trevi has starred in telenovela “Libre para Amarte” (Free to Love), which aired in Mexico on Televisa in 2013, released album “De Pelicula” and is planning another album with some songs in English. Meanwhile she has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the producers of a biopic she claims she has not authorized. although the producers, led by Mexico’s Rio Negro, maintain that Trevi inked a notarized contract permitting the biopic’s production, including musical rights. Universal Mexico holds Latin American distribution rights, and U.S. distribution talks are underway.
Where Trevi is concerned, there’s never a dull moment. Mun2 aims to accentuate the positive with “A Toda Gloria” but there’s no doubt that the cabler hopes Trevi’s notoriety will translate to ratings.
“This will show Trevi as a mother, a wife and an empowered woman,“ says Mun2 prexy Ruben Mendiola, who adds that it will give Trevi a chance to tell her own story as an artist. Trevi has published over 400 songs, sold over 20 million records, surpassed 100 million video views online, and sold out concert venues around the world.
“A Toda Gloria” is in the tradition of Mun2’s successful string of celebrity reality series, starting with “I Love Jenni,” which centered on Mexican American pop icon Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in late 2012 while the show was still in production. Mun2 also has scored with “Welcome to Las Vargas,” about retired three-time world boxing champ Fernando Vargas, and most recently with “Larrymania” which tracked top regional Mexican singer Larry Hernandez.
The Aug. 10 season 3 finale of “Larrymania” ranked as the highest finale delivery in the network’s history. Judging by the advance buzz on “A Toda Gloria,” Mun2 is expecting even more glorious results.
“I’ll just have to forget the cameras are there,” said Trevi.
Here’s a clip of “A Toda Gloria”: