×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Filmax Pau Freixas Dramedy ‘Welcome to the Family’ Breaks Records on TV3

TV series reunites 'The Red Band Society' team

BARCELONA  — Pau Freixas and Iván Mercadé’s dramedy series “Welcome to the Family” has scored the biggest ratings in years for Catalan pubcaster TV3.

Airing Jan. 22, the first episode scored a 25.8% share, meaning an average of 777,000 viewers. The second episode averaged 22.2% last Monday.

“We’re really happy; the figures mark the best bow a TV series for TV3 in more than ten years,” Carlos Fernández, CEO of Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax Group, told Variety.

“The series offers a first layer of comedy, but also many other elements, including suspense, as it shows the social emergence of new family models,” he added.

“After the social phenomenon that was ‘Red Band Society,’ Pau Freixas, Iván Mercadé and the rest of the team have done it again with ‘Welcome to the Family,’ ” Ivan Diaz told Variety, adding that ”after conquering the audience in Catalonia, we have no doubt that the original series will travel well internationally. Furthermore, we are sure that this property has a huge remake potential.”

Produced by Arca Audiovisual, the Filmax Group’s TV fiction division, the 13-hour TV series “Welcome to the Family” has gathered most of the same team behind Intl. Emmy-winning “Red Band Society.” Also an Arca production, the original, Catalan-language series, “Polseres vermelles,” bowed on TV3 in 2011, sparking a Spanish-dubbed version from Atresmedia (2013) and a U.S. reversion, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and ABC, which ran for a season on Fox (2014), plus a highly successful remake in Italy, where RAI averaged 5.3 million viewers) and in Germany.

A French redo (“Les bracelets rouges”) is being aired at TF1, where the two first episodes got a 24% of market share averaging 5.5 million viewers.

“The Red Band Society” helped European broadcasters recoup a young audience, Díaz said.

Creator of the original idea, Freixas is executive-producing the series; his longtime writing partner Mercadé acts as showrunner. Series stars Melani Olivares, Miquel Fernández, Aina Clotet, Ivan Massagué, Yolanda Ramos and Simón Andreu.

Echoing “Modern Family” and ”Shameless,” and Frank Oz’s feature “Death at a Funeral,” “Welcome to the Family” was presented at last April’s MipTV. A comedic drama, with touches of dark humor, it turns on on single mom Angela’s struggle to take care of her family. As her house is foreclosed by a bank, due to her husband’s debts, she decides to visit her estranged father and beg him for help. But Angela’s father suddenly dies of a heart attack after a furious argument; Angela decides to hide the corpse and find his will before anybody else.

A leading producer of Spanish TV fiction Arca Audiovisual has produced shows such as thriller “I Know Who You Are,” also directed by Freixas, alongside Mediaset España, which was one of the Spain’s highest-rated shows last year. It is developing (also with Freixas) the drama “Four Sisters” and thriller “The Takeover.”

More Film

  • Woolsey Fire Malibu

    Many Malibu Areas Still Off-Limits for Filming After Fire

    The California Film Commission has maintained its ban on filming in several Malibu areas hit by the massive Woolsey fire in Southern California last month. The commission announced Tuesday that due to continued clean-up and repair work along Pacific Coast Highway, permits for filming on the highway are not being issued at this time. PCH [...]

  • Against the Clock

    Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia's Spy Thriller 'Against the Clock' Bought by Gravitas

    In today’s film news roundup, Andy Garcia’s spy thriller is sold, “Battlestar Galactica” gets a screenwriter, and Brooklyn Decker gets an award. ACQUISITION Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to spy thriller “Against the Clock,” starring Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Justin Bartha, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, formerly titled “Headlock,” is [...]

  • 'Pacific Rim Uprising' film premiere

    John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama 'A Naked Singularity'

    “Star Wars” actor John Boyega is in talks to star in the legal drama “A Naked Singularity” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on board to produce. The movie is based on Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel, which centers on a successful New York public defender whose life begins to unravel after he loses [...]

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Outpacing 'Wonder Woman' in Fandango Pre-Sales

    Pre-sales of “Aquaman,” which opens on Thursday night, are outpacing “Wonder Woman” at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle on online ticketer Fandango. “Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million domestically during the June 2 to June 4, 2017, weekend on its way to a $412 million North American total for Warner Bros. “Aquaman,” [...]

  • European Union Placeholder

    Europe, Hollywood Hail Landmark E.U. Territorial Licensing Agreement

    Industry organizations and major companies in Europe and Hollywood welcomed Tuesday a high-level European Union agreement that in large part preserves producers’ ability to sell movies and TV shows on an exclusive territory-by-territory basis. Territorial licensing is a financial backbone of the film and TV business in Europe. Recognition of such licensing came last Thursday in [...]

  • Box Office: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns'

    Box Office: 'Aquaman' Battles 'Mary Poppins Returns' in Crowded Holiday Weekend

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most competitive time at the multiplexes. This weekend sees two very different heroes vying for the box office crown with “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” both eyeing sizable debuts. “Mary Poppins Returns” is getting a head start by opening on Wednesday, though estimates show “Aquaman” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content