Univision Communications Inc. on May 11 unveiled its 2018-2019 programming slate, including a new show produced by Netflix Inc. and Univision's Story House Entertainment.
The Netflix coproduction "Tijuana" is the second show created by Univision and the streaming company, following "El Chapo," a series about the life of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. The show, about a group of journalists uncovering political corruption, is one of four new crime dramas for Univision. Other new shows in the company's scripted programming slate include three supernatural-themed series, four action-dramas, four dramedies, eight melodramas and one epic about the life of Jesus.
The company has moved this year to a portfolio approach to selling its ad inventory, bringing its linear and digital Spanish- and English-language properties to the market in a unified pitch. It recently unveiled a subscription video-on-demand service featuring content from its library, as well as other media companies, for $2.99 per month.
New shows include several greenlighted via a new joint pilot season with Grupo Televisa SAB, such as supernatural teenager thriller "Brujas Al Amanecer" ("Witches at Dawn"), "Las Benditas" ("The Blessed") about a group of widows who find empowerment, and next-generation telenovela "L.I.K.E.," about a diverse group of teenagers and young entrepreneurs. "L.I.K.E." is inspired by an earlier music-driven show, "Rebelde," which launched the music career of Latin pop group RBD and Univision expects that the new show may similarly be used as a platform to launch new musicians.
New shows in the action-driven drama category include "La Bella y las Bestias" ("Beauty and the Beasts") about a women seeking justice; "Bad Hombres," ("Bad Men") about two brothers raised by different families; and "El Último Dragón" ("The Last Dragon"), about a man balancing his connection to two different worlds. New crime dramas include "Las Buchonas," ("Cartel Queens") about a group of women challenging their patriarchal society; "Juego de Reinas," ("Queens' Game"), about female drug traffickers; and "Comandante Bonita," (Beautiful Commander) about a mother who becomes a vigilante.
New dramedies include "Tenías que ser tú" ("It Had to Be You"), about a single mother whose new boss turns out to be an old love; "101 Pasos Para Olvidarte" ("101 Steps to Forget You"), about a self-help guru navigating his own heartbreak as he tries to heal others; "Ringo", about a retired boxer in a custody dispute with his ex-wife; and "Cantinflas," about the life of international Mexican star Mario Moreno "Cantinflas."
New melodramas include "La Jefa del Campeón" ("Mother of a Champion"), about a poor woman raising an aspiring soccer star; "Tres Milagros" ("Three Miracles"), about three women who share the same life story; "Los Principes No Existen" ("Princes Do Not Exist"), about a woman who falls in love with a man who cheats on her; "Atrapada" ("Trapped"), about a poor woman who becomes a thief to support her family; "Sin Tu Mirada" ("Sightless Love"), about two people switched at birth; "Espíritu de Madre" ("A Mother’s Spirit"), about a CEO balancing her career and unexpected motherhood; "Hijas de la Luna" ("Daughters of the Moon"), about a woman looking for her birth father; and "Mami" about a man seeking custody of his children after his wife cheats on him with a woman.
New unscripted shows are "Nuestra Belleza Latina" ("Our Latin Beauty") about U.S.-Hispanic women breaking down stereotypes of beauty; and "Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema," a competition show about battling natural elements in the Riviera Maya.
Sports coverage includes pregame, halftime and post-game coverage of the 2018 World Cup on Univision Deportes (US) this summer, including "Minuto 45," an ad-free halftime show, and "Los Maestros," which brings together coaches to debate various hot topics from the tournament. In August, Univision Deportes and UniMás (US) will provide coverage of the Union of European Football Association's Europa League and the top teams who qualify for the subsequent Champions League. Daytime coverage of the Champions League will also be available on the Univision network.