Spanish-language nets add game shows, specials

May 20, 2002  •  Post A Comment

The two major Spanish-language networks presented 2002-03 lineups to packed houses last week.
Univision, the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, announced it will add a U.S.-produced two-hour game-variety show to its Sunday night lineup and a comedy on Saturdays.
Telemundo, recently acquired by NBC, announced its most diverse slate of programming ever, including “The Golden Globes En Espanol” and an adaptation of “Vale Toda” (All’s Fair”), a novela that was a big hit in Brazil in 1988. Also among the network’s planned prime-time novelas will be the first one to target teens.
Telemundo’s commitments to reality programming include a Spanish-language version of “Temptation Island,” with 12 hour-long episodes produced by Fox World. Among planned music specials are a two-hour tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz and the fifth broadcast of the “Billboard Latin Music Awards.”
At Univision, “Quien Dijo Miedo” (Who’s Afraid”), on which contestants go to wacky lengths to win money, will be hosted by Fernando Arau on Sundays. The Saturday night show “Playa Tropical” (“Tropical Beach”) will feature a troupe of comedians.
Univision also will extend its weekday newsmagazine to the weekends, adding a new anchor team and attitude to “Primer Impacto Fin Semana” (“First Impact Weekend Edition”).#