During a press preview this week, Univision unveiled its new Telenovela lineup for the next year and VIX have rounded up the best drama shows everyone will be talking about in 2019 and 2020.
1. “La Usurpadora” (The Usurper)
In a twist on the identical- twin-sisters- separated- at-birth tale, evil twin, Paola, tricks her benevolent counterpart, Paulina (play by Mexican actress Sandra Echeverría), into assuming her place as the unpopular and neglected First Lady of Mexico, setting her up for assassination in order to run off with her lover and start a new life. When the plot fails, Paulina flourishes in her new role, causing the evil Paola to try and expose the usurper and take back her place and her power.
2. “Cuna de Lobos” (Den of Wolves)
Evil, ambition and treachery take center stage in this story about the mother of all telenovela female “villains,” Catalina Creel. After causing the death of her wealthy husband Carlos, Catalina, whose beauty is surpassed only by her cold-hearted cruelty, will go to any and all lengths, no matter how despicable, to secure her fortune and her bloodline.
A young journalist named Camila convinces a reclusive woman named Rubí to recount her life story and reveal the reason for her self-imposed isolation in her dark mansion. What follows is the twisted tale of an ambitious woman of a humble background, determined to use her feminine wiles and stunning beauty to escape a life of poverty, regardless of what she must do, or who she must hurt in the process.
4. “El Maleficio” (The Evil One)
The occult plays a dark role in this mysterious tale of murder, seduction and possession. Beatriz is a respectable widow who, since the death of her husband, has dedicated her life to raising her children. Enrique is a powerful billionaire who secretly leads an evil cult that targets Beatriz as his next victim. But after dazzling her with his attentions and proposing marriage, he begins to feel genuine emotion and is torn between carrying out his malevolent plan or revealing his tormented past and seeking redemption.
5. “El Dragón” (The Dragon)
Written by renowned author Arturo Perez-Reverte and produced by Patricio Wills, “El Dragón” is a fast-paced, action-packed saga of epic proportions. This highly stylized production was shot on location in five different countries with an expansive gallery of richly drawn international characters. This is the story of Miguel Garza, a man caught between two worlds, both geographically, as well as morally. One centers on his childhood in Mexico, marked by the untimely murder of his parents and the family “narco” business he is destined to inherit. The other is a world of culture and sophistication in Japan, where he is sent by his grandfather in hopes of becoming a legitimate financial success. Called back to Mexico to avenge his parents’ deaths and save the family “business,” Miguel must draw on both worlds if he wants to protect his family and save his soul.
6. “Las Muñecas de la Mafia 2” (The Mafia Dolls 2)
In its premiere season, “The Mafia Dolls” presented the dark drug traffic world from a female perspective. The audience witnessed luxury and excess among women who shared their lives with the most dangerous mafia capos. They lived the lives of princesses but paid the consequences. Eight years later, we meet these women again, as they fight to leave their past and survive in a society that condemns them for having belonged to the mafia.
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