Telemundo to Expand ‘LatinX Now!’ and Launch Narco Drama ‘Operación Pacífico’

LatinX Now! (Credit: Telemundo)

Telemundo is launching several news shows and bringing back some favorites.

The NBCUniversal-owned Spanish-language network unveiled its 2019-2020 season programming slate Thursday, which includes more than 900 hours of original content.

Among the highlights, the network will launch narco drama Operación Pacífico, inspired by the true story of federal agent Amalia Ortega’s mission to capture a notorious drug lord. The series will star Majida Issa and Mark Tacher.

LatinX Now!, an entertainment news show produced in partnership with E!, will shift from weekly to daily.

Read More: ‘Latinx Now!’ Entertainment News Show Launching in English and Spanish

The broadcaster additionally will debut a 10-part thriller titled No Te Puedes Esconder; and it’s bringing back several popular series, including El Final del Paraíso, La Doña, Enemigo Intimo and Falsa Identidad.

On the reality TV front, the upcoming line-up features recharged seasons of La Voz (The Voice) and Exatlon. There’s also a Spanish-language version of NBC’s popular game show, The Wall, being developed.

As for politics, the network will air Democratic presidential primary debates back-to-back on June 26 and 27, introducing the candidates to Hispanic voters.

“Hispanics are no longer just a demographic story. They are trendsetters driving social, cultural, digital and, most importantly, economic impact. Almost 60 million strong, Latinos are without question a business imperative for growth regardless of industry or category,” Cesar Conde, chairman of  NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group, said in a statement.

Below are descriptions of the network’s programs.

SUPER SERIES™
Operación Pacífico is a new Super Series™ starring Majida Issa and Mark Tacher inspired by real-life events that tells the story of Amalia Ortega, a prominent and brilliant federal agent who leads an investigative unit for the national police. Amalia has the mission and personal goal of capturing “El Guapo,” one of the last drug lords in the northern border of Mexico. To achieve this, she will have to infiltrate not only drug trafficking networks, but corruption networks at the highest levels of power in her country, putting her own life, and her family’s life, at risk.

Telemundo’s record-breaking El Señor de los Cielos franchise returns for its seventh season. In this new season, Amado Casillas has turned himself in to the authorities to avoid falling into the hands of Mexican law. As he is about to be transferred to court to hear his charges, his family has prepared a surprise no one is expecting. The new season of the series will feature returning talent including Rafael Amaya, Matías Novoa, Robinson Díaz, Carmen Aub and Isabella Castillo.

The second season of Enemigo Intimo picks up two years later. After re-establishing the cartel Mil Cumbres, Roxana turns herself in and is serving a five-year sentence at Las Dunas jail. Roxana understands that everything is in jeopardy including her empire and realizes that the only person who can help her is her brother, Alejandro.

SERIES
The second season of La Doña makes a comeback to Telemundo this season featuring super star Aracely Arámbula as the lead actress. The electrifying series will continue to be a story of revenge, seduction and betrayal. Altagracia Sandoval returns determined to recover her power, but her enemies try to stop her from hurting loved ones. Motivated by her desire for justice, La Doña faces old and new enemies in a war of power and vengeance.

The second season of Falsa Identidad will bring Diego and Isabel back to Mexico, forcing them to see each other, and their enemies, again. The sophomore season will continue to tell the story of two strangers fleeing their past who must assume new identities and pass themselves off as a happily married couple to escape their enemies and survive.

From the producers of Telemundo’s hit series Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso, a franchise that has had four successful seasons and the highest social engagement rate, comes the spinoff, El Final del Paraíso. In this new series, Catalina Santana’s new mission will force her to face demons that threaten to destroy her and her family.

LIMITED SERIES
Shot in Mexico and Spain, and with an internationally renowned cast including Blanca Soto, Kuno Becker, Eduardo Noriega Maribel Verdú and Ivan Sanchez, the 10-part TV event, No Te Puedes Esconder, is a thriller exploring the life of a nurse who is trying to rebuild her life, a former policeman turned into a hitman, a photographer obsessed with death, a politician with forbidden relationships and a group of idealistic friends. All of them, unknowingly, are united by half-truths which, when crossed, will expose their darker side, compromising their lives.

ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT
The Spanish-language version of the successful NBC hit, The Wall, comes to Telemundo hosted by popular television personality Marco Antonio Regil. The family-friendly show is a new and exhilarating game show that will offer ordinary people the opportunity to win extraordinary money. Part knowledge and part luck, fortunes can be lost, or gained, at the drop of a ball.

After the successful first season of La Voz, the first-ever Spanish-language version of the Emmy-Award winning hit NBC series The Voice in the U.S., the family-friendly show returns to Telemundo in hopes of finding the next U.S. Hispanic superstar. La Voz is a production of Telemundo, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer.

Exatlon Estados Unidos, the exciting family-friendly sports and reality survival competition, returns to Telemundo for its third season presenting Hispanics from all over the United States. The number one show Monday through Friday and Sunday among adults 18-34 at 8 p.m., it features two teams and 20 contestants including professional athletes and ordinary people in extraordinary physical condition, competing in different challenges that will test their physical, mental and competitive skills.

MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT
In 2018, Telemundo partnered with E! to create LatinX Now! the first of its kind entertainment news show for the YouTube generation. Originally launched as a weekly show, in the upcoming television season, the show will be expanded to daily to tap into the growing demand for LatinX music and entertainment programming.

To super serve the growing and thriving demographic of foodies, Telemundo is launching Secret Salsa, a unique omnimedia brand that will reach consumers across all platforms with added-value content. The weekly 20-minute show will have linear and social extensions and will become the food master brand for all of Telemundo.

LIVE SPECIALS
Billboard Latin Music Awards is Latin music’s most prestigious award show. The annual award show honors the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard’s albums and songs charts, including Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs, among others.

The Latin American Music Awards honors artists in the genres of Pop/Rock, Regional Mexican, Urban, and Tropical, as well as categories for Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Collaboration, New Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, among others. The nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including (but not limited to) sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

Noticias Telemundo
Telemundo will be doubling down on its news content with robust and comprehensive coverage of the 2020 elections. For the first time in the history of Spanish-language, and in partnership with NBC News and MSNBC, Telemundo will co-host the first Democratic presidential primary debates on back-to-back night June 26 and 27 from Miami. Season-to-date, Noticias Telemundo has seen double-digit growth for all its properties, positioning itself to be the undisputed Hispanic leader in the coverage of the 2020 election. Noticias Telemundo’s growth has been fueled by the investment and unveiling of an innovative 360° studio at Telemundo Center, the announcement of an English-language newscast for YouTube, an alliance with the fact-checking organization PolitiFact, and the launch of the Emmy Award winner “Noticias Telemundo Investiga” — its first-ever investigative unit – as well as the launch of “Noticias Telemundo Planeta Tierra,” a second investigative unit devoted to environmental journalism.

UNIVERSO PROGRAMMING
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The Riveras return with a powerful fourth season fueled with love, drama, madness and many life changes. Season four will show how the Riveras have grown up, but prove they can never grow apart. Chiquis will be putting it all on the line for love, but will choosing Lorenzo mean stepping away from her siblings? No matter what, she’s ready to face the rumors and the gossip, even within her own inner circle.

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