La Reina del Sur (telenovela)

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La Reina del Sur
Una Reina Temeraria
La-reina-del-sur poster.jpg
Created byArturo Pérez-Reverte
Version for television:
Roberto Stopello
Developed byTelemundo Studios
RTI Producciones
Antena 3
Directed byWalter Doehner
Second Unit:
Mauricio Cruz
StarringKate del Castillo
Humberto Zurita
Rafael Amaya
Iván Sánchez
Cristina Urgel
Narrated byKate del Castillo
Theme music composerNicolás Uribe
Opening theme"La Reina del Sur" by Los Cuates de Sinaloa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of episodes63
Production
Producer(s)Hugo León Ferrer
Martha Godoy
Aurelio Valcárcel Carrol
Editor(s)Hader Antívar Duque
Perla Martínez
Alba Merchán Hamann
Location(s)Colombia
Spain
Gibraltar
Morocco
United States
Running time42-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTelemundo
Picture formatHDTV, 1080i
Original runFebruary 28, 2011 – May 30, 2011
Chronology
Preceded byAlguien Te Mira
Followed byLa Casa de al Lado
External links

[Telemundo Website
Antena 3 Website

Televisa Website]
 
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La Reina del Sur
Una Reina Temeraria
La-reina-del-sur poster.jpg
Created byArturo Pérez-Reverte
Version for television:
Roberto Stopello
Developed byTelemundo Studios
RTI Producciones
Antena 3
Directed byWalter Doehner
Second Unit:
Mauricio Cruz
StarringKate del Castillo
Humberto Zurita
Rafael Amaya
Iván Sánchez
Cristina Urgel
Narrated byKate del Castillo
Theme music composerNicolás Uribe
Opening theme"La Reina del Sur" by Los Cuates de Sinaloa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of episodes63
Production
Producer(s)Hugo León Ferrer
Martha Godoy
Aurelio Valcárcel Carrol
Editor(s)Hader Antívar Duque
Perla Martínez
Alba Merchán Hamann
Location(s)Colombia
Spain
Gibraltar
Morocco
United States
Running time42-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTelemundo
Picture formatHDTV, 1080i
Original runFebruary 28, 2011 – May 30, 2011
Chronology
Preceded byAlguien Te Mira
Followed byLa Casa de al Lado
External links

[Telemundo Website
Antena 3 Website

Televisa Website]

La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South) is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States television network Telemundo, in conjunction with the Antena 3 network and RTI Producciones. Based on a novel of the same name by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the drama depicts the rise of Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a young woman from Mexico who becomes the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain. La Reina del Sur was nominated for Novela of the Year, Favorite Lead Actress, and Best Bad Luck Video.[1][2][3] With a $10 million budget it was the most expensive telenovela ever produced by Telemundo.[4]

Plot[edit]

La Reina del Sur is the story of Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a 23-year-old woman who is living with her boyfriend, "El Güero" (Rafael Amaya), a drug trafficker and rising star in the Sinaloa cartel. El Güero has been dabbling in his own trade, which is starting to cut into the cartel's profits, and is killed on the order of Epifanio Vargas (Humberto Zurita), the leader of the cartel. Teresa receives a phone call telling her to run. Teresa is unaware that El Güero's death was ordered by Vargas, mistakenly believing that he was killed by rivals in the organization. She trades El Güero's business ledger to Vargas in exchange for his help fleeing the country.

Arriving in Spain, Teresa is referred to work for Driss Larby, a businessman and low-level underworld operator in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the North African coast. On the ferry, she meets Fátima Mansur, a prostitute who works at Driss' bar "El Yamilla." Teresa proves herself to be an invaluable asset by balancing Driss' books every night. Teresa meets Santiago Fisterra (Iván Sanchez), a Galician ("El Gallego") who works smuggling black market goods such as cigarettes across the strait of Gibraltar into Spain, and his friend Lalo. Teresa and Santiago begin dating, while Lalo dates Teresa's coworker Soraya. Knowing that Santiago is unhappy working the small time, Teresa arranges with Colonel Abdelkader Chaïb (Eduardo Velasco) to get Santiago into the hashish trade. The trade provides huge profits, and Teresa and Santiago move to Málaga.

A year later, Driss Larby is still smarting from Teresa's abandonment, and conspires with a Spanish Naval Officer, Cañagotas (Julio Pachón), who is on Chaïb's payroll, to have Santiago busted during a major drug run. Instead, Santiago crashes his boat into rocks at high speed and is killed, while Teresa is thrown free, arrested, and sent to jail. Santiago's crooked lawyer, Eddy Alvarez (Carlos Diez), subsequently liquidates all of Santiago and Teresa's property and spends it on his mistress.

In prison, Teresa meets Patricia O'Farrell (Cristina Urgel), the wild child in a wealthy Irish-Spanish family whose exasperated father has abandoned her after having had to bail her out of trouble too many times. The two become fast friends—although the bisexual Patricia clearly wants more. Upon release, Patty reveals to Teresa that she knows where a half ton of cocaine was hidden by her late boyfriend, and plans to sell it back to the Russian mob. During the negotiation, it becomes clear to the Russian mob boss, Oleg Yasilkov (Alberto Jiménez), that Teresa's business smarts would be a valuable asset to him. Teresa negotiates the retrieval of the cocaine from its hiding place, under the nose of the confounded Spanish police, the first of many successes in her new career as a rising drug lord.

DEA agent Willy Rangel (Cristian Tappan) travels to Spain, where he begins working with Flores to build a case against Teresa, who is rapidly becoming the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain. Backed by Yasilkov, and with the assistance of Teo Aljarafe (Miguel de Miguel), a lawyer and occasional lover of Patty, she opens Transer Naga, a shell company set up to disguise her true business. Shortly afterward, three assassins arrive from Mexico, bent on seeking revenge against Teresa. With Oleg's help, one of them is executed, one escapes, and one, "El Pote" (Dagoberto Gama) eventually becomes her personal bodyguard. Teresa and Teo grow closer, despite her reservations about it, and eventually embark on a relationship.

In the meantime, Willy has brought his assistant, Veronica (Sara Maldonado) to Spain to pose as a love interest for Patty in order to gain access to Transer Naga. Willy also pressures Teo into turning informant, threatening to reveal to Teresa that Teo has been skimming from the company. As months pass, Teresa and Teo attract media attention, and Patty, dumped by Veronica and jealous of Teresa replacing her as media darling, begins a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. Stalking Veronica in an attempt to get her back, Patty learns the truth about her ex-girlfriend: that she works for the police and has been using Patty to take down Teresa. Distraught, Patty drives the car off of a cliff, killing Veronica. On awakening in the hospital, she tells Teresa everything she knows, then commits suicide.

In Mexico, Epifanio Vargas has been working as the chief of campaign for the next presidential election. His nephew (who is, in fact, his son) Ramiro (Salvador Zerboni) arranges for the candidate to be assassinated, ensuring that the candidacy will go to Vargas instead. Spurred on by the fact that the head of the Sinaloa cartel is about to be elected president of Mexico, the DEA changes tactics and offers Teresa immunity against prosecution if she agrees to testify against Vargas and destroy his political career. At the same time, Vargas asks Ramiro to bring Teresa back to Mexico under the guise of extending an invitation to attend his candidacy, but in reality to execute her because she is the only person still alive who knows about his criminal past.

Oleg presents Teresa with evidence that Teo is a police informant. Teresa sets a trap for Teo and confronts him with the truth, after which Pote executes him. Finding that the Spanish police are trying to obtain an arrest warrant and do an end-run around the DEA, Teresa accepts the immunity deal and agrees to testify against Vargas who, she realizes, has been her enemy all along. On her return to Culiacan, Vargas tries at first to plead with Teresa not to testify but, being unsuccessful, orders her assassination in a raid on the safe house where she is staying. Teresa narrowly escapes, shooting Ramiro in the chest point-blank after he has killed Pote. The next day, she leaves the police station in triumph and Vargas is led away in handcuffs.

A short coda shows a heavily pregnant Teresa, seven months later, living a life of peace and quiet in a seaside villa somewhere in Spain. A high shot of her walking along a pier, holding her belly and smiling, ends the series. In the last few episodes it is established that the show has taken place over the span of approximately thirteen years.

Reception[edit]

The program's premiere on February 28, 2011, was the network's highest rated premiere for a telenovela to date.[5] The program frequently dominated its time slot, even over English language programming on other major U.S. networks.[6] La Reina del Sur completed its 63 episode run on Telemundo and its 13 episode run on Antena 3 simultaneously on May 30, 2011. The final episode was the highest rated broadcast in Telemundo's 19-year history (4.2 million viewers), and beat all of the English language U.S. television networks to earn the number one slot in the 18-49 adult demographic.[7] The program's success spurred Telemundo to launch its first campaign to gain the series an Emmy Award nomination.[8] A one-night special featuring several cast members aired on May 31, 2011, and marked the Telemundo debut of noted Latina television personality Cristina Saralegui.

As part of Telemundo's changes in prime-time programming, Dama y Obrero ended on October 18, 2013. From October 21 to November 8, Telemundo temporarily aired 2 hours of Marido en Alquiler weeknights at 8pm/7c, replacing Dama y Obrero. On November 11, the network started rerunning La Reina del Sur weeknights at 9pm/8c, replacing one hour of Marido en Alquiler.[9][10] The last episode was broadcast on February 17, with En Otra Piel replacing it the following night.

La Reina del Sur is broadcast in several other markets, including Serbia, Colombia,[11] Chile,[12] Cyprus,[13] Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Albania, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, (among others).

Production[edit]

La Reina del Sur was announced by Telemundo as part of its 2010-2011 program year in early 2010. The majority of the program was shot in the fall of 2010 at Telemundo's studios in Colombia. Several actors and sets were simultaneously used for more than one production. Sets depicting Morocco in the telenovela El Clon were also used to depict Gibraltar and Fez during filming. Some scenes filmed in Colombia were also used in El Cartel 2: La Guerra Total.

Rafael Amaya shot some scenes for La Reina del Sur while also filming Alguien te mira. Sara Maldonado also did double duty for this and Aurora.

Footage was also shot on location in Mexico, Spain, Gibraltar, United States, and Morocco.

Opening credits and theme[edit]

The opening credits for the show were displayed after a lengthy cold open (generally 15–20 minutes into the broadcast). The credits featured a montage of scenes from throughout the series.

The theme song, performed by Los Cuates de Sinaloa, is a cover of Los Tigres del Norte's 2002 song, "La Reina del Sur". The cover version's lyrics recount the story of Perez Reverte's fictional heroine.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

United States broadcast[edit]

Air DateNumberEpisode TitleRatingDuration
28.02.2011001Correr para vivir2,400,00045 minutes
01.03.2011002Vía de escape2,841,00040 minutes
02.03.2011003Detener inocentes14.1
03.03.2011004Juego de suerte12.6
04.03.2011005Vendida por droga11.6
07.03.2011006Honor herido12.1
08.03.2011007Venganza Mexicana12.0
09.03.2011008Escapar del destino12.6
10.03.2011009Deseo Gallego12.8
11.03.2011010Pesadilla de tráfico11.3
14.03.2011011Jugar con la vida11.0
15.03.2011012Matar por amor11.5
16.03.2011013Sacrificio de amor11.4
17.03.2011014Carrera de Hachís11.3
18.03.2011015Víctima de tortura10.5
21.03.2011016Amor a la Mexicana12.4
22.03.2011017Misión cumplida11.8
23.03.2011018Amar con locura11.7
24.03.2011019Amor mortal11.8
25.03.2011020Pelea de Sudacas11.3
28.03.2011021Objeto de deseo13.7
29.03.2011022Mala suerte12.9
30.03.2011023Libertad peligrosa13.9
31.03.2011024Tesoro de mafia13.6
01.04.2011025Apuesta rusa12.4
04.04.2011026Tráfico de influencias14.5
05.04.2011027Enemiga mortal14.5
06.04.2011028Camino de ceniza13.4
07.04.2011029Víctima de su Juego13.5
08.04.2011030Muerte por amor12.7
11.04.2011031Culpable de masacre13.7
12.04.2011032Pistas señaladas14.4
13.04.2011033Escape de suerte13.3
14.04.2011034Mexicanos a la brasa14.3
15.04.2011035Morir o vivir13.5
18.04.2011036Pacto de muerte14.9
19.04.2011037Salvar reinas'14.7
20.04.2011038Guerra de Reina3,058,000
21.04.2011039Atracción desmedida2,725,000
25.04.2011040Vida doble2,989,000
26.04.2011041Seduccion mortal2,796,000
27.04.2011042Ajustar cuentas3,054,000
02.05.2011043Alianza sangrienta2,752,000
03.05.2011044Venganza de Reina2,725,000
04.05.2011045Enemigos cercanos13.7
05.05.2011046Celebrar divorcios13.1
06.05.2011047Marcar territorio12.7
09.05.2011048Despedida suicida13.7
10.05.2011049Primera plana13.0
11.05.2011050Deseos de traición13.0
12.05.2011051Sin salida12.9
13.05.2011052Amor ciego11.5
16.05.2011053Engaño fatal13.7
17.05.2011054Abismo extremo13.5
18.05.2011055Víctima mortal13.2
19.05.2011056Amor suicida13.2
20.05.2011057Arma blanca12.7
23.05.2011058Traición certera13.4
24.05.2011059Juego de estafa13.8
25.05.2011060Estafa mortal14.9
26.05.2011061Escape y amenaza14.3
27.05.2011062Última huida13.3
30.05.2011063Final impactante4,200,000

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
YearAwardCategoryNominatedResult
2011
Premios People en Español[14]
Best Telenovela
La Reina del Sur
Won
Best Actress
Kate del Castillo
Best Supporting Actor
Humberto Zurita
Nominated
Rafael Amaya
Best Villain
Salvador Zerboni
Nominated
Rafael Amaya
Newcomer of the Year
Cristina Urgel
Won
Iván Sánchez
Nominated
Sweethearts
Kate del Castillo and Iván Sánchez
2012
Premios TVyNovelas
(Colombia)
Best Series/Series Favorite
La Reina del Sur
Nominated
Best Production Favorita For Foreign National
Best Villain Of Series
Humberto Zurita
Premios tu mundo 2012
Novela of the Year
La Reina del Sur
Favorite Lead Actress
Kate del Castillo
Best Bad Luck Video
Amor que mata

International release[edit]

CountryAlternate title/TranslationTV network(s)Series premiereSeries finaleWeekly scheduleTimeslotNote
 United States
La Reina del Sur
TelemundoFebruary 28, 2011
November 11, 2013
May 30, 2011
February 17, 2014
Monday to Friday
10pm/9c
9pm/8c
Telemundo reran the novel from November 11, 2013.
 NicaraguaTelevicentroOctober 17, 2011January 12, 201221:00
 ArgentinaCanal 9December 13, 2012February 15, 201322:00
 Poland
Królowa Południa
Novela TVMay 14, 2012
September 23, 2013
August 8, 2012
present
22:00
19:00
 Macedonia
Кралицата на југот
Pink 15September 12, 2011December, 201118:00
 Armenia
Հարավի Թագուհին
ShantTvOctober 18, 2011December 27, 201119:15
 Slovenia
Kraljica juga
Pink SI
TV3 Medias
December 8, 2011
January 17, 2013
March 7, 2012
April 12, 2013
16:00
13:50
 CroatiaDoma TVDecember 26, 2011
November 26, 2012
March 21, 2012
February 22, 2013
22:30
01:00
 SerbiaRTV Pink
Pink Soap
August 15, 2011
May 1, 2013
November 13, 2013
November 9, 2011
July 2, 2013
January 14,2014
22:00
23:00
16:00
Broadcast from Monday to Sunday on Pink Soap.[15]
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBN TV
BN Sat TV
Mart 05,2014
Mart 31, 2013
-23:30
18.30
 Iran
The Queen of the South
ZemzemehJuly 13, 2011February 9, 2012Thursday to Friday22:00
 Georgia
სამხრეთის დედოფალი
Rustavi 2June 26, 2011July 15, 2012Saturday19:15
 Spain
La Reina del Sur
Antena 3March 14, 2011June 4, 2011Wednesday22:00
 France
La reine du Sud
France OFebruary 29, 2012August 29, 201222:45
 Romania
Regina Sudului
Acasa TVAugust 31, 2012November 25, 2012Friday to Sunday20:30
 Russia
Koroleva youga
DomashniyNovember 19, 2012March 6, 2013Monday to Thursday22:00

Ratings and external broadcast[edit]

USA (Telemundo)

The first episode, broadcast on February 28, 2011, attracted 2.4 million viewers, making it the most viewed premiere for any telenovela on the network.[16] Over the course of its run, La Reina del Sur frequently dominated the 10 PM time slot for broadcast television (even over the major U.S. networks) among the 18-34 age demographic.[17] The final episode, broadcast on May 30, 2011, was Telemundo's highest rated broadcast in its 19-year history, attracting nearly 4.2 million viewers and dominating its time slot among the 18-49 demographic, beating out the English language networks.[7]

Spain (Antena 3)

For the Spanish market, the telenovela was edited down to 13 episodes. It premiered March 14, 2011, at 10 PM with an audience of 3.19 million viewers, making it the second most watched program of the evening, and the most popular program broadcast on a privately owned channel.[18] The series continued its run on Wednesday evenings at the same time, winning the top position for the time slot, attracting 16% of television viewers (over 3 million).

México (Galavisión)

Premiered April 4, 2011, at 10:30 PM, with a 42% share. It is the most watched television show in the Metropolitan area of el Valle de Mexico (Mexico City) with an average daily rating of 22 points. It even outperforms Televisa's "El canal de las estrellas"...The novela gets a national rating of 15 points. It is the 5th most watched show on Mexican television. On May 19 LRDS peaked at 16 points becoming the 2nd most watched Telenovela in the country and the 3rd most watched show. On May 24 LRDS hit another high with 16.5 points on a National level. It hit another high of 17 points nationally on June 1 and it got 25 points in Mexico City. On June 7 LRDS continued to soared in ratings with a 17.4 National Ranking and a 26.1 in Mexico City [19]

Chile (MEGA)

Premiered May 9, 2011 at 7:40 PM. La Reina del Sur was first in its time slot, with a 15.6 rating (peaking at 18) among viewerships for televisions channels TVN, CHV, and Canal 13. In its second and third episodes it continued to dominate its time slot.[20]

Colombia (Caracol Televisión)

Premiered May 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm and has shocked the country by its theme in the mafia and its social reality. Currently airs at 10:00 pm after El Desafío, La Lucha de Las Regiones "La Piedra Sagrada" with ratings between 13 and 15 points, which has become a success.

Nicaragua (Televicentro de Nicaragua)

It premiered October 17, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. in substitution of A Corazón Abierto[disambiguation needed] which had a really good rating. Lots of people in the country have read the book so they are excited to see this novela. It has been announced since the beginning of September. It has a very high rating. It ended on January 12, 2012. Succeeded by Cuchicheos

References[edit]

  1. ^ TELEMUNDO PRESENTS THE FIRST EDITION OF “PREMIOS TU MUNDO” (YOUR WORLD AWARDS) CELEBRATING THE BEST IN POP CULTURE THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 FROM 8PM-11PM/ET
  2. ^ Premios tu mundo 2012: Categorías y Nominados
  3. ^ Lista de ganadores de la primera edición de los premios Tu Mundo
  4. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (1 April 2011). "How the Telenovela Is Beating the Networks". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
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  6. ^ Ng, Philiana. "Telemundo's 'La Reina del Sur' Tops Broadcast in Ratings". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Gorman, Bill. ""La Reina Del Sur" Draws Best Audience Ever For Telemundo Entertainment Program, Averaging Nearly 4.2 Million Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Keneally, Tim. "Telemundo Launches Its First Emmy Campaign; Will Tout 'La Reina Del Sur'". The Wrap. 
  9. ^ Novelas de Telemundo: nuevo horario
  10. ^ "La Reina del Sur" vuelve el 11/11 a Telemundo
  11. ^ "Anuncian estreno de La Reina del sur en tv colombiana". El Universal. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "La Reina del Sur llegó a Chile este lunes". prlatam. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  13. ^ La Reina Del Sur lands in Cyprus - Telemundo Internacional
  14. ^ Premios People En Español 2011
  15. ^ "La reina del sur" on Pink Soap channel
  16. ^ "La Reina del Sur", estreno más visto de la historia de Telemundo
  17. ^ La telenovela 'La Reina del Sur' triunfa en EEUU
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  19. ^ 4 de abril el estreno de La reina del sur en México por Galavisión
  20. ^ Telenovela 'La Reina del Sur' Top One en Mega

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