Los secretos de Lucia is supposed to be a "super-production," i.e., expensive, so if any Venezuelan production will get shown here, it is that one. It is also Venevision's first Venezuelan HD production. It is being sold as an action novela with 80 percent is shot on location, mostly in Caracas, though some in Miami. If nothing else, they have a really active official Facebook page with a ton of behind the scenes photos.
More and more, Venezuela is relying on foreign money to help finance their productions. It is leading to some bizarre casting, like Los secretos de Lucia with Iran Castillo as the title character - maybe they thought they were getting Kate del Castillo?
Las bandidas - which was shot in Venezuela at old RCTV and is produced by RTI (Colombia) and Televisa (Mexico) has a Mexican lead actor, Marco Mendez, and a Colombian lead actress, Ana Lucia Dominguez.
Dulce Amargo is shot in Venezuela, produced by Televen (Venezuela), CadenaTres (Mexico) and Telemundo (USA), stars Scarlet Ortiz - a Venezuelan but really international name at this point working mostly out of Miami with forays into Colombia and Mexico; Mexican lead in Erik Hayser, a bunch of familiar Venezuelan actors like Roxana Diaz, and for some reason, Alejandra Sandoval slips in there, a Colombian.
These casts remind of me the internationl co-productions in film back in the 1960s, like those Sergio Leone westerns where they got American stars like Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, Italian actors as most of the bad guys, Spanish actors filling out the supporting roles, but then, because there is German money involved as well, you got people like Marianne Koch and Klaus Kinski showing up as well.
The Televen/CadenaTres/Telemundo alliance is supposed to be in planning stage of a new one tentatively called Nora, La Emprendedora, rumored to be starring Monica Spear and perhaps Ruddy Rodriguez and Julian Gil in a bit. They are looking for a Mexican leading man, seemingly a prerquisite for these co-productions.
RE: ABC's Killer Women. I can't even imagine the most tenuous connection to Mujeres asesinas. When I read the synopsis for Killer Women, I assumed it was based on some other Argentine show and there was some mistake in translation. Then I thought there must be some other Mujeres asesinas I don't know about. How they go from a dark anthology series about women who murder - actually a decent little program in so far as it allows a showcase for its actresses to do things and go places they usually don't get to on typical telenovelas - how that becomes a corny procedural - Molly Parker, Texas Ranger, blows the mind.
MundoFox is airing Muy Pronto promos for Secretos del Paraiso, which looks to be La Maldición del Paraíso from their Upfronts press release – "A woman finds herself trapped in a love triangle between two brothers, not knowing that she is repeating her mother’s tragic destiny."
It stars Juan Pablo Espinosa who was El Secretario, Natalia Duran as the female lead, Silvia de Dios as her mother, Estefania Borge, and Ernesto Benjumea who is in a bunch of Colombian shows that have aired recently here - 5 Viudas Sueltas, La Mariposa, Escobar.
They have an open spot on the schedule at 4 pm ET now that A Mano Limpia II has ended. They have a stopgap rerun there right now of King David. Secretos could also go at 8pm when Samson and Delilah ends. They can't have too many more of these Brazilian Bible mini series left, can they? They are bit po-faced for my taste. Give me CB De Mille anyday.