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North America Needs Telenovelas!!!

Posted by bwmm on April 13, 2010

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyNetworkTV_telenovelas So I love telenovelas. Anyways I have always wanted the U. S. to do a form of our own TVN’s. Well that did happen on My Network TV, but it failed. Weirdly enough I would love to make a telenovela. I watched the shows like Desire, Fashion House, Wicked Wicked Games and Watch Over Me. The problem I saw with the series is that they made these shows so slow. Well not so much FH and WWG(which is my fav). Just think if ABC had Take Ugly Betty or (Yo Soy Betty, La fea) and made it a slow mess. There’s a reason that novelas have comedy etc. There is a such thing as too much drama.

I liked how they made the series for cheap (porn studio. lol didn’t think of that one.lol) (correction former porn producer). It’s too bad that there was a dispute, because the series used non union writers, and from when I was on now casting some of the actors as well. Dealing with the WGA (Writers Guild of America) made the show’s budget spiral from $200k-$500k(which was cheap to them) to $1mill per ep. I am still a bit mixed on the unions. Especially with the fact that the series didn’t make enough in advertising to cover the costs of the viewership they had. But as I said before these series tended to be slow. I think that’s part of the ratings decline, plus U. S. citizens aren’t used to the tvn format (maybe older people and even younger gens who watched Dark Shadows) Frankly I wish that My Network TV would attempt this again. But please My NTV get those who’ve worked in Telenovelas to help yau’ll out. I’m just glad they didn’t recreate Te Voy A Ensenar A Querer (my fave Telenovela Miguel Varoni is hott!!!!!!)  I for one am all for low budget independent tv series. 

Frankly why don’t they get the hell out of Hollywood to make a tv novela. Many are made in the U. S. for Telemundo etc. and I know of one shot in Dallas that came out right after Te Voy A Ensenar A Querer, but failed because of how big TVAEAQ was.

I think the network that it was on was perfect.  I mean you can do way much more with a smaller viewership than with millions.   But if the ad dollars ain’t there it’s not going to work.  Maybe someone else will come along and try to re attempt this.

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I think BET could have done something like this.  Now they may have had to been even cheaper than the telenovelas, but a 13week soap would have been cool.  Frankly with them now having more money I don’t know why they haven’t done this.  Well then again they are just now figuring out they could make a tv series in Canada for cheaper (like duh!)  That is one channel that is slow on the uptake as well as TV One.

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6 Responses to “North America Needs Telenovelas!!!”

  1. bgurrl said

    Girl Miguel Varoni is the reason I started leaning Spanish.lol I remember those shows and thought the same thing. The only shows that were any good were Fashion House and Wick Wicked Games (had a nice bwwm ir to boot, fave couple)the others like Desire were slow as hell. It was like come on now. I couldn’t watch Watch Over Me. Didn’t even Watch American Heiress or Saints and Sinners when I heard they reduced the eps to two a week. Plus I just wasn’t interested. Some of the men were way too hot. So hot they were almost ugly. Give me a hot man, but give me a man. Not some so called hot guy who looks like a boy. Some of those guys were boy looking. I just couldn’t see why some of the women had any love triangles or dramas with these boy looking men. I’ll take Miguel Varoni anyday. If they did remake Te Voy A Ensenar A Querer the only way I’d watch is if he played Alejandro. He is Alejandro and no other can take his place. Really that should have been what they remade when you think about it. I totally think it could have been done, but they would have to have someone help them, because I would be pissed if they ruined it.

    And seriously how can you make a series that only has 65 or so eps vs. the 120 or so eps that a typical Mexican/ or South American Novela has? That’s just sad. 13 week format and they produce dull crap and it’s a soap no less!

    • bgurrl said

      You know after reading this post a few years later I would watch a remake with another actor if it was remade in Italy and Alessandro Preziosi played Alejandro. Girl if that man was in that show I’d peep that one for sure.

  2. torgoman said

    I don’t know if the U.S. would do telenovellas on network tv, though daytime drama seems to be a dying genre. This is from someone who loved As The World Turns ten years ago. Now I’m happy it will be off the air later this year. I just got tired of the contrived reasons for breaking couples up or letting characters go (and even more contrived reason for bringing them back). I thought networks would do better taking a page from the telenovella playbook and write shows to last only a couple years.

    I’ve wondered if the future of the American soap opera could continue on as webnovellas. There’s some websoaps already out there, though they seem modeled after primetime soaps rather than daytime drama and have a few brief episodes per “season”. But I could see soaps with a 13 week format eventually having a place on the net. Some websoaps I’ve recently learned about are:

    Venice: http://www.venicetheseries.com/

    Diary of a Single Mom: http://www.pic.tv/singlemom

    Lenox Ave: http://www.lenoxaveseries.com/

    Of course, the definition and intent of a webseries/webisode is still evolving. Something like Felicia Day’s The Guild started out as a webseries only meant to be seen over the internet. On the other hand, Buppies started out as an unaired BET pilot, but then was reworked into a webseries. Since finding success on the internet, there’s some rumors about it being picked back up as a regular BET series.

    Getting off topic. Sorry.

    But perhaps a successful webnovella could eventually be picked up by a cable channel like BET or Oxygen or We.

    • bwmm said

      I think they could, but Hwood would have to do things differently. One of the reasons many of them didn’t do it is because they realized they had to shoot omg like 40 pages a day.lol My Network TV’s Novelas were shot out of sequence like a movie. When I saw the majors complaining about that I was like seriously the older gens had to work with more than that.

      I still remember as a kid a soap opera that would come on during the summers and only during the summers. Plus remember Spyder Games (too bad MTV didn’t continue with that format)not that crap Undressed (helped to bring out new talent though)Also Port Charles used the 13 week format with great success for a while. I think what killed it was the later crazy story lines by the end.

      Now I’m happy it will be off the air later this year. I just got tired of the contrived reasons for breaking couples up or letting characters go (and even more contrived reason for bringing them back). I thought networks would do better taking a page from the telenovella playbook and write shows to last only a couple years.

      Well you also have to take into account that many times it’s fans who write in complaining about certain relationships and they campaign for so and so to be together or to break up (they usually send in a whole bunch of letters and emails to make it seem like many people agree when it’s only a small group)later the networks find out the numbers don’t match.

      I do hope they bring the format back to my network tv and try it again or at least cw who has more money. Thing is I don’t want to see a bunch of teens or older actors acting as teens. Bring in adult stories with young people. And for goodness sakes study telenovelas especially the really good ones like TVEQ.lol

      Thanks for the webseries links. I’m always looking for webseries. Hopefully we will have ones later on that are 30min-1hour type eps.

  3. torgoman said

    Thanks for the webseries links. I’m always looking for webseries. Hopefully we will have ones later on that are 30min-1hour type eps.

    You’re welcome. Since you’re into sci-fi, I thought you might like Date a Human (http://www.babelgum.com/dateahuman). Newteevee.com is a good place to find reviews of the latest webseries being produced.

    I’m fascinated with the whole webseries/vlog/podcast genre. Mainstream networks and studios have dabbled with it, but the independent and home studios have really started running with it. For instance, I believe vlogs are more genuine than reality tv with its scripted and raunchy content. The Shaytards beat any of the families on TLC.

    Many make webseries in hopes that a tv network will pick them up.

    True. And sometimes a webseries like Angel of Death is really a low budget movie that’s been recut as an online serial. But I think the creative freedom some people are finding on the internet might eventually attract a community that embraces streaming media. And it might grow into a sort of Bollywood or Nollywood, generating personal revenue through season dvd sales, merchandise and sponsorship instead of waiting for the studio and network distribution.

    Topic? Oh yes, soaps….

    Well you also have to take into account that many times it’s fans who write in complaining about certain relationships and they campaign for so and so to be together or to break up

    True. And I really believe the internet has allowed fans to interfere too much. They’ve slowly smothered the daytime genre to death and are largely responsible for the choppy, stale storytelling.

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