Span­ish in­qui­si­tion

Te­len­ov­e­las are se­ri­ous busi­ness. Ex­cept in Eva Lon­go­ria’s hi­lar­i­ous be­hind-the-scenes sit­com Te­len­ov­ela.

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The zany cast of Te­len­ov­ela bring the laughs to TV. Sea­son 1 Thurs­days (from 16 June) Vuzu AMP (*114) 20:00

For a hit te­len­ov­ela (limited-se­ries Span­ish soapie), you need sexy stars, ridicu­lous drama, ro­mance and bad­dies re­turn­ing from the dead. That’s what’s on the way in sin­gle-sea­son Te­len­ov­ela (2015-2016), thanks to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and lead star Eva Lon­go­ria (Gaby So­lis in drama Des­per­ate Housewives, 2004-2012). “This is a world we haven’t seen on TV. And that’s what I knew I wanted to do when I went back to tele­vi­sion,” says Eva, who plays ac­tress Ana Sofia Calderon, the star of fic­tional te­len­ov­ela Las Leyes de Pasión. And there are laughs from the word go: Ana Sofia is sur­rounded by a crazy group who help her hide her big­gest se­cret from the Span­ish-speak­ing au­di­ence: she doesn’t know a word of the lan­guage!


Bring­ing te­len­ov­ela Las Leyes to life is no small feat. That’s why Ana Sofia is helped by this gang… Mimi (Diana-Maria Riva – Kitty Conchas in drama The Bridge, 2013-2014) She’s Ana Sofia’s best friend and jug­gles her job as Las Leyes’s seam­stress, Ana Sofia’s con­fi­danté and a mom. Be­sides mak­ing her friend look good on­screen, Mimi also tries to help Ana Sofia with her love life, which gets “in­ter­est­ing” at times. Xavier (Jen­car­los Canela – last seen in ac­tual te­len­ov­ela Pasión Pro­hibidi aka For­bid­den Pas­sion, as Bruno Hur­tado in 2013) Xavi is Ana Sofia’s ex-hubby who’s just signed on as her new co-star. The pair were te­len­ov­ela roy­alty un­til their di­vorce af­ter he cheated on her. Jen­car­los helped the show’s di­rec­tors in an ad­vi­sory role, thanks to his eight years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on real te­len­ov­e­las. Gael (Jose Moreno Brooks, who will play Roger in an up­com­ing episode of Baby Daddy, 2012) Gael is Ana Sofia’s love in­ter­est on Las Leyes and the run­ning joke is that his shirts con­stantly pops open to re- veal his wash­board abs. He’s gay but his fans don’t know. NB! See more on p61. Is­abela (Alex Me­ne­ses – best known for her role as Teresa Mo­rales in Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, 19931998) She’s the for­mer Las Leyes lead­ing lady who’s seen as the queen of old-school te­len­ov­ela stars. De­spite their bick­er­ing, Is­abela and Ana Sofia ac­tu­ally quite like each other. Ro­drigo (Amaury No­lasco – con­vict Su­cre in Prison Break, 2005-2009) He’s the stereo­typ­i­cal te­len­ov­ela bad­die with a stickon mous­tache. But at home, Ro­drigo’s a sweet­heart who loves his cat. Roxi (pop­star Ja­dyn Dou­glas) She’s the sexy new Las Leyes star who’s lined up to re­place Ana Sofia. As well-in­tend­ing as she is, Roxi isn’t the sharpest knife in the kitchen drawer though.


Now you see me: Ana Sofia’s boyfriend/boss James is played by Zachary Levi (Chuck Bar­towski in ac­tion com­edy Chuck, 20072012), while Ri­cardo Chavira re­unites with Eva – he was Gaby’s Ri­cardo hubby Car­los on DesChavira. per­ate Housewives. He’s play­ing Mimi’s con­vict hubby Martin in episode 9 (on 4 Au­gust). It’s war: episode 5 (7 July) sees the Las Leyes crew help makeover a house for a fam­ily and face off in a ren­o­va­tion bat­tle with their ri­val te­len­ov­ela in an in­ter-net­work fight. Grow­ing pains: Mimi’s teen son has a photo of Ana Sofia hid­den un­der his bed! This prompts one of the fun­ni­est and most awk­ward sex talks in a long time in episode 8 (28 July). You’re not the daddy: in episode 10 (11 Au­gust), Ro­drigo’s de­pressed about not hav­ing kids, un­til Roxi and Gael make him mis­tak­enly think that he has a young son with an ex. Zachary Levi.

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