Amor en custodia (Mexican TV series)

Amor en Custodia is a Mexican television drama, inspired by the popular Argentine telenovela of the same name, and developed and produced by Emilia Lamothe. Amor en Custodia focuses on and satirizes the lives of socialite teens and young adults growing up in Mexico city. It deals with sexuality, drugs, money, jealousy and other issues.

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Developed byEmilia Lamothe
StarringMargarita Gralia
Sergio Basañez
Paola Núñez
Andrés Palacios
Fabiana Perzabal
Carmen Madrid
Veronica Merchant
Irene Arcila
Narrated byMargarita Gralia
Opening theme"Abre tu Corazón"
Olga Tañón
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes236
Executive producersEmilia Lamothe
Mario O. Garcés
José Solano
Román Villaseñor
Production locationsMexico City, Mexico
Running time48 minutes
Production companyTV Azteca
Original networkAzteca 13
Original releaseJuly 18, 2005 (2005-07-18) –
August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
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It first aired on July 18, 2005 and ended on August 11, 2006.[1]

It has been shown in more than 13 countries, including the USA, Europe, Japan, Thailand, and Latin America, and has been translated into English, French, Japanese, and German.



The project was originally intended as a film, to be made by Zeta Films, with La Mujer de Mi Hermano's creator Jaime Bayly set to write the screenplay, actress Angélica Aragón to star as Paz Achával Urién, and Bárbara Mori to portray Paz's daughter Barbara. The film never went into production and was ultimately canceled.[citation needed]

The project was later redesigned as a TV-movie, for Televisa, but again the production was canceled.[citation needed]

Development of the show, this time as a TV series to be shown on TV Azteca, finally began on January 5, 2005, when TV Azteca gave it a put pilot commitment, with Emilia Lamothe as writer and executive producer.[2] In February 2005, the network confirmed the pilot order, and Mario O. Garcés was named as co-writer.[2]


Pop singer Alexandre Pires was credited with the music selection used on Amor en Custodia, though the cast played a part in the choice, and even recorded some of their own songs for inclusion.

In contrast to his usual style of Spanish independent music and alternative rock artists, Pires largely used pop songs for the Mexican version, and current Top 40 hits for the American version. He explained, "Since the show is based on high class profiled families, I'm going for more pop-ish sounds, for the USA version. I want to attract new viewers, so I will be using some top 40 English songs from the best artists today and from great artists internationally."[3]

The opening theme chosen was Abre tu Corazón, performed by Olga Tañón.

Broadcasting historyEdit

Originally scheduled to air on June 13, 2005, the initial episode of Amor en Custodia was delayed by a week. As a result, the previously planned two-hour season special of La Academia was edited down to one hour to accommodate it. It finally made its television debut on Canal 7, in Mexico City, on June 19, 2005 at 10:00 p.m. TV Azteca broadcast the first episode nationally the following day, at 9:00 p.m.

In the United States, Amor en Custodia premiered on Azteca America, on July 18, 2005 at 9:00pm, a month after the original Mexican showing.

The first episode was provided as a free download at the series' official website on June 30, 2005.

At the end of the first season, TV Azteca canceled the Canal 7 showing due to poor reception by the public.

The series was suspended in Argentina between November and January, over a dispute concerning the rights to the story. During the suspension, TV Azteca repeated the first episodes, hoping that the series would later return. However, it did not return to the air in Argentina, except for the last episodes of the first season.

Cast and charactersEdit

Featuring four main character roles, the majority of the cast was assembled from January to March, 2005. Bárbara Mori was originally cast as the female lead, Barbara, but due to scheduling problems she was forced to pull out and was replaced by Paola Núñez.[4] Margarita Gralia was then signed to play Paz.[5]

Andrés Palacios auditioned for one of the lead roles, Pacheco, but was made second choice after Sebastián Estevanez. However, before filming began, Estevanez had to pull out for personal reasons and Palacios got the part.[6]

With just a month before the scheduled release of the first episode, Sergio Basañez was cast to play Paz's love interest, Manuel.[7]

In the 8th season, and some of 11th season, Sebastián Estevanez appeared as Barbara's boyfriend and bodyguard.

The rest of the cast were chosen as the series continued, and by early July 2006 casting stopped as the series was coming to an end.[8]


Actor Character Main Cast Season Character Notes
Margarita Gralia Paz Achával Urién 1 - 11 Complete series
Paola Núñez Bárbara Bazterrica 1 - 11 Complete series
Sergio Basañez Juan Manuel Aguirre 1 - 11 Complete series
Andrés Palacios Nicolás Pacheco 1 - 11 Complete series
Veronica Merchant Victoría 3 - 11 (*) Returned from Europe
Sebastián Estevanez Mauro Mendoza 8 - 11 Left before finale
Irene Arcila Inés 1 - 11 Complete series
Carmen Madrid Gabriela 1 - 3, 8 - 11 Died, and twin sister appeared
Lupita Sandoval Nora 1 - 11 Complete series

(*) Transferred from "guest star" status to main cast mid-season.


Critical responseEdit

Amor en Custodia initially received strong reviews. Due to its pedigree as an adaptation from the Argentine version, it was one of the most anticipated new shows of 2005. The first week showing garnered positive reviews from sources such as Ventaneando, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Yahoo!.[9]

DVD releaseEdit

There was originally no plan to release the series on DVD, but with the success of bootleg DVD versions in Mexico, the USA, Europe, and Argentina, and Internet piracy, a 2-disc DVD was released on February 13, 2007.[10]


As of July 23, 2012, Nicandro Diaz Gonzalez produced Amores verdaderos, a Mexican telenovela for Televisa.[11] Eduardo Yáñez, Erika Buenfil, Sebastian Rulli and Eiza González starred as the protagonists, while Guillermo Capetillo, Marjorie de Sousa and Francisco Gattorno starred as the antagonist.[12]


  1. ^ "TV Azteca picks Amor en Custodia". TV Azteca. 2005-07-07. Archived from the original on 2008-10-17.
  2. ^ a b "Production management announced by TV AztecaDrama". IMDb. 2005-01-10.
  3. ^ Pires, Alex (2006-01-05). "Music styles for "Amor en Custodia"". Alexandre Pires. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2006-01-06.
  4. ^ Paola Nunez at IMDB
  5. ^ Margarita Gralia at IMDB
  6. ^ Sebastián Estevanez at IMDB
  7. ^ Sergio Basañez at IMDB
  8. ^ The full cast and credits at IMDB
  9. ^ Yahoo! reviews Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ DVD released by TV Azteca
  11. ^ "Elenco se reúne para misa de Amores verdaderos". Archived from the original on 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  12. ^ "Elenco de la telenovela "Amores Verdaderos"". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2012-07-25.

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