Eva Longoria and America Ferrera DESERVE BETTER!

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This winter NBC debuted a pair of new workplace comedies “Telenovela” and “Superstore” starring two popular and talented Latina actresses.  Sadly, neither of the shows is deserving to the immense talent of their leading ladies.

First, Eva Longoria whose comedic timing was one of the bright spots of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” stars as telenovela star Ana Sofia Calderon. Ana is the leading lady on her show “Las Leyes” but her life is anything but glamorous.  In this “show within a show” Ana has to contend with jealous co-stars, wacky sidekicks and her sexy ex-husband who has been added to the cast by the network. Longoria is a master at slapstick and brings a great deal of charm to the role.  One fun aspect of the character is that although Ana is a telenovela star, she’s not actually fluent in Spanish.

Unfortunately not even Eva Longoria can save the lackluster writing of “Telenovela.” It’s a shame because her supporting cast is quite strong, but after watching multiple episodes i come to same conclusion of just not caring about the world with in they operate.

With the popularity of real telenovelas, I wish a network would develop and English language version of a show that’s not a comedy (“Ugly Betty”, “Jane the Virgin”) but instead a straight forward interpretation of of the genre.

Next, Emmy winner America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) stars in “Superstore.”  I don’t have the words to describe this show, other than NBC was trying to replicate the late comedy “Community.”  I never got that show, and I don’t get “Superstore.”  It’s writing and directing is sluggish. We’re given no reason to care or root for any of the characters.  This show is a mess and I can’t get through an entire episode without either rolling my eyes or turning it off.

America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are great talents who deserve better than what they’re being given on these shows and they should demand better.  It’s shows like these that make me want to give up on broadcast comedies.

It’s frustrating that NBC is spending a lot of time promoting these two shows while basically ignoring the best comedy on their schedule “Undateable Live.”

 

 

 

NETFLIX estrenó su primera serie en Español CLUB DE CUERVOS

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NETFLIX estrenó su primera serie en Español CLUB DE CUERVOS ambientada en el mundo de futbol profesional (conocido como soccer en América) y que tenía que probar la demostración. Ya que mi español no es tan buena como lo fue una vez, sólo planifiqué en ver el primer episodio para ver cuánto podía entender. También supuse que debido a la configuración de futbol habría un montón de escenas con partidos de fútbol, para lo cual sería mucho diálogo. NETFLIX sabiamente incluye subtítulos así que terminé acercar los 13 episodios de una temporada más de un día y medio. El catalizador de la historia es la muerte del patriarca Iglesias, dejando a hermanos Isabel (Mariana Treviño) y Chava ( Luis Gerardo Méndez) como los herederos de su imperio. Situado en un pequeño pueblo mexicano, la familia Iglesias básicamente construido y se convirtió en responsable de la mayor parte de la industria de la ciudad debido a la Liga de futbol.

Durante la lectura de su padre le revela que su estado es a dividirse por igual entre todos sus hijos, que le da a su esposa mucho más joven Mary Luz la oportunidad para anunciar que está embarazada, lo que significa a Isabel y Chava tendrá que compartir su herencia con el nuevo heredero. Isabel está convencida de que el bebé es producto de un asunto e insiste Mary Luz de acuerdo a una prueba de ADN. Chava tiene más de un punto blando para Mary Luz, que sin duda esconde algunos secretos.

La primera mitad de la serie se centra sobre todo en el conflicto entre Chava y Isabel. Chava ha sido nombrado Presidente del equipo, sobre Isabel a pesar de que ella tiene un MBA y ha trabajado todos los días al lado de su padre hasta su muerte. Chava es carismático pero carece de cualquier conocimiento real sobre el funcionamiento del equipo, que propulsa la mayor parte de la historia. CLUB DE CUERVOS es honesto en su narración en lo que respecta a las actitudes machistas hacia las mujeres en el mundo corporativo. En su vida personal, vemos a Isabel como un igual en su matrimonio con pronto a jubilarse portero Rafael (Antonio de la Vega). Como se intensifica la batalla entre Isabel y Chava, los dos demuestran que están dispuestos a ir a cualquier longitud para obtener el poder que tanto desean y crean que se merecen.

Conforme avanza la temporada, empezamos a conocer un poco más algunos de los jugadores y sus vidas. La introducción de un jugador de España causa interrupción a los vestuarios, el equipo tiene que ajustar a su estatus de superestrella. Más tarde en la temporada, la homofobia en los deportes y las comunidades latinas se explora cuando uno de los jugadores es marginado, aunque él se describe con énfasis como pansexuales. Esta historia da a espectadores una oportunidad para ganar la penetración real en el verdadero carácter de Isabel y Chava y las líneas serán y no cruzar para el negocio.

La historia del origen para CLUB DE CUERVOS no es algo que no hemos visto antes, pero se dice de una manera convincente y a veces divertida. Si bien hay momentos de sexo, yo estaba esperando el espectáculo para ser más atractivo, que realmente no es. El show se mueve en algunos lugares muy oscuros como avanza la temporada que me tiró adentro y me quiere seguir viendo. Sorprendentemente no hay ninguna historia de amor de grandes en el espectáculo. Estoy un poco ambivalente acerca de esa decisión. Por un lado creo que el espectáculo presentado muchas relaciones complicadas que una historia de amor más grande podría haber sido una distracción. Pero, por otro lado, hay un par de personajes que podría haber usado una historia de amor que hubiese funcionado como parte de la historia más grande del paraguas.

CLUB DE CUERVOS no es técnicamente una telenovela pero al final de la temporada, dan la mayoría de los caracteres suficiente cierre en caso de que no hay una segunda temporada. Sin embargo, la historia es lo suficientemente amplia como para que hay más historias que se les diga con la familia de Iglesias, la Liga de futbol y los jugadores. Para su primer esfuerzo embarcarse en la serie en español, NETFLIX definitivamente consigue una “A” su esfuerzo expandir su contenido más allá de la programación de lengua inglesa.

Compruebe hacia fuera el trailer CLUB DE CUERVOS a continuación:

NETFLIX Debuts Spanish Language Series “CLUB DE CUERVOS”

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NETFLIX debuted its first Spanish language series CLUB DE CUERVOS set in the world of professional futbol (know as soccer in America) I had to give the show a try.  Since my Spanish is not as good as it once was, I only planned on watching the first episode to see how much I could understand.  I also assumed that because of the futbol setting there would be a lot of scenes featuring soccer games, for which there wouldn’t be much dialogue. NETFLIX wisely includes subtitles so I ended up binging the 13 episodes of season one over a day and a half.  The catalyst of the story is the death of the Iglesias patriarch, leaving siblings Isabel (Mariana Treviño) and Chava ( Luis Gerardo Méndezas the heirs to his empire. Set in a small Mexican town, the Iglesias family basically built and became responsible for most of the town’s industry because of the futbol league.

During the reading of their father’s will, it’s revealed that his estate is to be equally divided among all his children, which gives his much younger wife Mary Luz the chance to announce that she’s pregnant, meaning Isabel and Chava will have to share their inheritance with the newest heir.  Isabel is convinced that the baby is a product of an affair and insists Mary Luz agree to a DNA test. Chava has more of a soft spot for Mary Luz, who is definitely hiding some secrets.

The first half of the series mostly focuses on the conflict between Chava and Isabel.  Chava has been named President of the team, over Isabel even though she has an MBA and spent everyday working beside her father up until his death.  Chava is charismatic but lacks any real knowledge about running the team, which propels most of the story.  CLUB DE CUERVOS is honest in its storytelling in regards to the chauvinistic attitudes towards women in the corporate world. In her personal life, we see Isabel as an equal in her marriage with soon to retire goal keeper Rafael (Antonio de la Vega).  As the battle between Isabel and Chava escalates, the two show that they’re willing to go to any lengths to gain the power they both desire and believe they deserve.

As the season progresses, we start to gain a little more insight into some of the players and their lives.  The introduction of a player from Spain causes disruption to the locker room as the team has to adjust to his superstar status. Later in the season, homophobia in the sports and Latin communities is explored when one of the players is outed, although he emphatically describes himself as pansexual.  This story gives viewers an opportunity to gain real insight into the true character of Isabel and Chava and the lines they will and won’t cross for business.

The origin story for CLUB DE CUERVOS isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but it’s told in a compelling and sometimes fun way. While there are moments of sex, I was expecting the show to be sexier, which it really isn’t. The show moves into some very dark places as the season progresses which pulled me in and made me want to keep watching.  Surprisingly there’s no big love story in the show. I’m a bit ambivalent about that decision. On one hand I think the show presented so many complicated relationships that a bigger love story might have been a distraction. But, on the other hand, there are a couple of characters that could have used a love story that would have worked as part of the larger umbrella story.

CLUB DE CUERVOS isn’t technically a telenovela but by the end of the season, it does give most of the characters enough closure in case there isn’t a season two.  However, the story is broad enough that there are more stories to be told with the Iglesias family, the futbol league and the players. For its first effort embarking into the Spanish language series, NETFLIX definitely gets an “A” for its effort to expand its content beyond English language programming.

Check out the trailer for CLUB DE CUERVOS below: