Price Of Fame

With big money comes big trou­ble in te­len­ovella Price Of Fame.

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Fans of mu­sic dra­mas like Em­pire (2015- cur­rent) and Nashville (2012cur­rent) and sing-song film se­ries High School Mu­si­cal (2006-2008) should be tun­ing in for the new Tele­mu­ndo te­len­ov­ela Price Of Fame (2016-2017), which airs from Mon­day 16 Oc­to­ber. The 76-episode Span­ish soapie prom­ises drama, ac­tion, ro­mance and – a first for Tele­mu­ndo – mu­sic.

FADE TO BLACK

Pop star Julio César So­lar (Daniel El­bit­tar) basks in the money and fame along with his mu­sic-pro­ducer brother Ma­teo So­lar (Al­berto Guerra). How­ever, Julio is abruptly shot dead in episode 2 and Ma­teo is dev­as­tated by his brother’s death and he’s de­ter­mined to find the mur­der­ers. “This is a very un­usual show. I don’t think there are many on TV like this,” says Al­berto. “We have great mu­si­cians

in ev­ery genre [pop, ur­ban and even Re­gional Mex­i­can], and there is a hu­man side. We tell a story, show­ing the strug­gle, the pain and the heart­break of fame.”

LOVE & PAIN

Julio’s em­pire is un­der threat from a new ri­val – the seem­ingly un­touch­able pop­star Ma­nara Mata­moros (María León). She is man­aged by her fam­ily who are linked to traf­fick­ing drugs, arms and peo­ple. Fam­ily head Amado Mata­moros (Juan Pablo Me­d­ina) wants Ma­nara to top the charts but re­alises that he can’t do it alone, so he re­cruits Ma­teo to turn Ma­nara into a suc­cess. Ma­teo agrees to help Ma­nara but soon re­grets his de­ci­sion when he be­gins to sus­pect that Amado had some­thing to do with Julio’s death. “He likes to party, go out with a lot of women. He’s liv­ing large, but then – not to give away too many spoil­ers – he finds him­self in the mid­dle of a large change in his life,” adds Al­berto. Fur­ther­more, Ma­teo falls for Ma­nara, who he later finds out is Amado’s half-sis­ter.

THE COM­PE­TI­TION

Ma­teo isn’t the only one fall­ing for Ma­nara – hot-shot muso Rafael Za­bala (Ale­jan­dro de la Madrid) is put­ting the moves on her too. Rafael has mu­sic in his blood – his dad Ernesto (Fer­nando Car­rera) was one of Mex­ico’s great­est mu­si­cians and built the mu­sic la­bel that Rafael now runs. Rafael wants to con­tinue Ernesto’s legacy but he also wants Ma­nara to be his wife – and he won’t stop bad­ger­ing the sul­try pop­star un­til she says, “I do.”

Ma­teo and Ma­nara might be mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure.

Rafael thinks that he’s the man for Ma­nara.

There’s some­thing shady about Amado.

Julio’s mur­der trig­gers drama.

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