Netflix NFLX is continuing to bet on their Spanish language programming. The streaming service announced the addition of several projects including three new drama series, two original features, and a pair of non-scripted formats to their international catalogue.
This includes a docu-reality show centered around Georgina Rodríguez, a model and Instagram star. The Argentinian-born, Spain-raised Rodríguez also shares a daughter with her partner, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. According to Netflix, the show will be “a deep and emotional portrait of the woman behind the photos, the stories, and the big headlines.” The other reality series, Amor con fianza (Guaranteed Love), follows six couples to an exotic location as they attempt to prove their honesty in their respective relationships.
On the film front, A través de mi ventana, is an adaptation of the novel by Ariana Godoy, directed by Marçal Forés and produced by Nostromo. The story focuses on Raquel, who has long carried a torch for Ares, her attractive and mysterious neighbor. Also coming to the streamer is Eres tú, a romantic comedy executive produced by Paloma Molina and Miriam Rodríguez and written by Cristóbal Garrido and Adolfo Valor. Eres tú tells the story of Javier, who experiences his first kiss at the age of 16 and is immediately able to see the future of that relationship. Things get a bit muddled when he winds up kissing Lucia, his best friend’s girlfriend.
One of the series that has been given the green light is Intimidad (Intimacy), a drama created by Verónica Fernández and Laura Sarmiento and directed by Jorge Torregrossa, Ben Gutteridge, Marta Font and Koldo Almandoz. Intimidad explores the thin line between public and private life after a sexually explicit video of a politician with a promising future is released.
Baruca is a six-part action series created by Victor Sierra and Xosé Morais, directed by Óscar Pedraza, and starring Alberto Ammann and Luis Callejo. The setting is the Monte Baruca Psychiatric Prison on Christmas Eve and the events that unfold as a group of armed men attempt to capture Simón Lago, a dangerous serial killer. Unfortunately for them, the prison director refuses to turn him over.
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And rounding out the new entries is Si lo hubiera sabido (If only) created by Turkish screenwriter Ece Yörenç and adapted by Irma Correa. The series stars Megan Montaner as Emma, a 30-year old woman, who is dissatisfied with her 10-year marriage to Nando. She gets a do-over when she is sent back in time and finds herself trapped in the body of a 20-year-old. It’s an opportunity to reassess who she is and who she wants to become.
Spanish-language programming has proven very successful for Netflix over the past few years. Popular caper series La Casa de Papel, or Money Heist as it is more commonly known in anglophone countries, has been a bonafide ratings smash since it first aired in 2017. The show picked up an International Emmy Award in 2018 and is slated to end after its upcoming fifth season. Teen drama Elite has also drawn a lot of attention. In January 2019, Netflix announced that the series had been watched by more than 20 million households and became the most binged international show with 139 million viewers. All three seasons to date each became the most watched series on Netflix worldwide within the first three weeks. Several other Spanish-language shows have also captivated global audiences including Valeria, White Lines, and Toy Boy.