Saturday, March 18, 2017

PREMIOS TVyNOVELAS 2017: Stevey's Thoughts on the Upcoming March 26th Awards Show

PREMIOS TVyNOVELAS 2017- SUNDAY, MARCH 26th 

YOUR GUIDE TO THE UPCOMING MEXICAN EMMY AWARDS…. FOR TELENOVELAS!!!

Hi everybody, Stevey here!!       
Recently, while I was enjoying a martini over on the ECDLP patio, mention was made of the 'awards' that it had (or had not) won.  This led me to reflect that a lot of people up in the ‘Northern Parts’ might not have any idea what everybody was talking about.  Seeing as they are, sort of, a 'big thing' (like Mexico’s answer to the Emmy Awards), that this year’s awards ceremony is coming up on Sunday, March 26th, AND that you guys are just as much a part of this delightfully idiosyncratic Latin American television entertainment drama known as the telenovelas… I thought I'd do a little posting as to what’s going on, and about the nominees for this year’s big event.  I hope that you guys enjoy it, find it useful and/or interesting… and I really look forward to whatever discussion, conversation, supposition, or hypothesizing might result of it between everybody!!  Here goes...
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Upcoming Telenovelas: Stevey Tells Us What’s Happening in Mexico (2017)

The following post is from Commenter Stevey, who shares all he knows about the new telenovelas in the works in Mexico, that we may or may not see eventually in the U.S.

Hi everybody!!  In the past, I've tried to put together a little 'fact sheet' for you guys in regards to what's going on telenovela-wise 'South of the Border', in the land where they come from!   As I realize that whatever it is the staggeringly disgraceful boobs at Univision decide on by way of programming, will ultimately entail just what it is that YOU guys get to watch up yonder, America-way.  Some will make it, some will not... and god knows which will be which (hell, with the Univision execs being what they are, I doubt even HE knows!).  But, that being said, I wanted to come up with a post that hopefully you will find informative, enlightening, useful, entertaining, or any combination therein!  I apologize for its stupefying length, but it's a labor of love to be sure (I just hope it isn't as such reading it!)  To avoid editorializing (I unfortunately do that enough once I get going, for which I apologize... FWIW, I'm writing this paragraph last, so I know what I'm talking about here...), I'm just going to get right in on things, and on the projects that we've got on hand right now, or are already actively in preparation in some way...
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Friday, January 08, 2016

Yo No Creo En Los Hombres, Capitulo 121, 1/7/2016: What. The. Hell. MD has learned NOTHING!!!


Refrito: MD thinks back on all the few lovely moments she and Max have gotten to share during the course of this crazy story while reading vows. As she sits with the head braced on her knees, an unknown prisoner with a shiv sneaks up on her…


Meanwhile, Dan gives the order to his prison buddy: kill Max! Our blindfolded and bound galan has no idea that the kidnapper is pointing a gun to his head…

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 - A Year of Telenovelas, in review

Well, we've almost made it! Before 2016 arrives, share your thoughts on the shows you loved, hated, loved to hate, and hated to love in 2015. What were some of your "Best of" moments? What made you cry, cheer, laugh? Here's a list of the shows we covered on Caray, Caray! to get you started:

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Novela Cliche Directory


I decided once upon a time to compile these and here is what I've collected so far.  What can you add to this?

Most are self-explanatory.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Unlikely Couples


Who's your favorite unlikely couple from past novelas?

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Your Favorite Classic Novelas

  
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Life Imitates Art Imitates Life? Revisited


Note:  This is a re-publishing of an August 2013 discussion that I think is relevant because I wonder to what degree the outdated attitudes get revived in remake after remake.  Inspired by a line of dialogue in last night's episode of LSdP.


Do you think that telenovelas reflect or influence human behavior?  A good friend of long standing is under the bizarre impression that in order to have a massively passionate relationship one must also have insane conflict.  I had so many conversations with him during fights and estrangements with various girlfriends from college until his marriage and after his divorce that sounded like novela fights and reconciliations (and he not only isn't Hispanic, he doesn't even watch them).

Last weekend I watched The Godfather, Part III and found an article by a British journalist that discussed the difficulties the studio had with the real mob during production of the original film. Once they settled their issues and the film debuted something interesting allegedly happened:  Real mobsters began addressing their leaders as "Don" and "Dons" became "Godfathers."  The characters on HBO's hit series The Sopranos regarded these films as the bible of Mafia etiquette.

BTW, as an aside, I know that the original Godfather film was a hit in Mexico; in a 2001 novela it was named by a series protagonist as his favorite film.  And El Padrino of QBA looks like he has something of a Vito Corleone complex.

Added:  Do you think outdated attitudes are revived or reviled?  Do you think that the PSA tendencies of novela writers can influence future behavior?

Have it it, amigos.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Have the Writers Declared a Competition on Perversity?






I had to post this right after this evening's episode of La Sombra del Pasado because I was ready to explode at Severiano slobbering all over Aldonza. I was actually screaming at the screen and I never do that. I've seen a lot of nasty horror movies and was beginning to become immune to some of the evil and gore in them. However, rape trauma is still something that makes my blood boil.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Misogyny and Sexism Need an Executioner



I'm in step with those who are watching Amores Con Trampa but still catching up to La Sombra del Pasado (cap 25) and Que Te Perdone Dios (cap 34), but the sexism is getting to me.  I totally get that rural environments are often more sexist than urban ones and what's going on in ACT makes a certain amount of sense.  However in the 21st century are the other two even close to reality anymore?

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Premios TVyNovelas 2015


I have to admit due to my tech issues I haven't seen most of these and there were two I bailed on during the first week, one of which has me scratching my head.  What are your picks this year?

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Photo Gallery; Family Album, Volume 1


Don't you just love it when casting directors get it right?  I love how novela producers often match up actors who look like they could share DNA as family members.  This can't pretend to be a whole archive, but merely a first installment.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend Discussion: 2014 Novela Faves

What are some of the 2014 faves of my Caray Mates? Some things like Lo Que La Vida Me Robo or Que Pobres Tan Ricos may come to mind. I will remind you guys about Mentir Para Vivir before it frayed haywire for the last few capitulos. My favorites were Por Siempre Mi Amor, De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero, Quiero Amarte so far, Amorcito Corazon, Pasion and Las Vias del Amor during their repeticiones.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Favorite telenovelas recommended by our crack team of bloggers and experts! Compiled by Vikki Gomez

Evidently you all have been longing for a definitive list of the best telenovelas and now, thanks to Victoria (Vikki) Gomez, you have it! Here is the link: List of the Greatest Telenovelas. I have also put it in the sidebar where it will lodge forever. Thanks Vikki!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

An article about telenovelas y'all may enjoy.

I think this is well written and dead on. Comments?

Is America Ready to Fall in Love with the Telenovela?

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Do Things In Novelas Change Your Life?





Has your taste changed in anything since you became a regular novela viewer?  Did you find you love Latin music, did you want to try more Latin foods?  Do you think nothing of shopping in the international aisle of your supermarket?  Are La Costena and Goya products on your shelves or your shopping list?

Do you treat your family or friends differently?  Do you dress differently?

Enquiring minds want to know!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Past vs Present Telenovela Conventions: What's the best combination?


What would you rather see again vs what's happening now?  What do you miss about novelas of 20 years ago?

Let's not get into discussions about series length; we have done that to death.

I personally would prefer scenes to be longer.  Sometimes when watching novelas now I get whiplash from the quick scene changes after two or three lines of dialogue.  It gives the illusion of more action happening when in reality no more information is communicated in that episode than in an episode shot 20 years ago.

Let's have fewer situations about pregnancy entrapment or at least demonstrate that it mostly doesn't work,  We have all witnessed at least one example of this in real life and all know that the consequences aren't pretty.  The Isabelas of this world don't usually get what they want.

Force producers to make up their minds about the period of the story.  It really annoys me when they can't make up their minds and we have no idea whether it's 1950 or 2010.

Add yours, my friends.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Taboos

Telenovelas have been breaking a few taboos in recent times and the comments in this blog indicate that people's buttons are being pushed by some of these.  What does it for you?  What would you rather see?

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Weekend Discussion: What Are Novelas Teaching Viewers?

Some recent discussions are provoking this question.  What are viewers learning from novelas and what are they meant to learn instead?

La Malquerida is treading into some dangerous territory regarding misogyny and incest, La Gata is perhaps more heavily into class-consciousness than any of the others, and Mi Corazon es Tuyo shows us a large family about to explode over a marriage contracted for the wrong reasons which will have a domino effect on everyone in the entire household.  Since that series is popular in Mexico we can anticipate a long period during which a wicked stepmother will reign supreme over a previously controlling (but loving) father.  Nothing new, but this will be the largest-scale example to date.

What effect do you think this has and what should be instead?  Sound off, amigos.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Ultimos Capitulos and What Drives Us Loco Now

Getting the Right Balance

I had a thought just as I got up yesterday morning about how in past Ultimas Semanas discussions people have ranted about how ridiculous it was to finish off all the villains in the last two or three episodes. I agree, but now that we have a series where it's happening across the last three weeks it feels like the pain is just drawn out, like a prolonged attack of sciatica.

The explanation for this phenomenon seems all about the writers' need to maintain a high level of suspense to keep viewers tuned in. We know that's because cost-cutting is creating longer and fewer series to make up the standard number of original hours. Nothing about that is going to change anytime soon, so we need to stop complaining about it.

In view of this situation I think it's time that the writers give themselves a reality check on two things:
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