Crónicas marcianas (Martian Chronicles)[a] was a Spanish late-night talk show produced by Gestmusic Endemol and broadcast by Telecinco from 1997 to 2005. It was directed and presented by Javier Sardà, and had Miquel José and Jordi Roca, with whom Sardá had created La ventana on Cadena SER, as deputy directors and screenwriters.
|Genre||Late-night talk show|
|Directed by||Javier Sardà|
|Presented by||Javier Sardà|
|Opening theme||Crónicas marcianas by Israel Delgado|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||1,277|
|Production company||Gestmusic Endemol|
|Original release||8 September 1997 –|
21 July 2005
It is the longest running and most watched late-night talk show in the history of Spanish television. Despite being characterized by some as a classic example of telebasura (trash TV), it won several honors during its run, including one Ondas Award, two Iris Awards, and six TP de Oro Awards.
Crónicas marcianas began airing on 8 September 1997 to compete with Antena 3's La sonrisa del pelícano, which was then the ratings leader. In principle, Crónicas marcianas contributed less sensationalism and a softer form of humor, with comedians, co-presenter Martí Galindo, wild animals, videos of pratfalls, and interviews with celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Marta Sánchez, David Copperfield, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin.
Crónicas marcianas came to surpass La sonrisa del pelícano in audience, and became the undisputed leader in its time slot after the latter was canceled amid controversy. Boris Izaguirre began appearing on the show to give "semiotic" analysis of celebrity gossip, in addition to performing "transformism" and striptease numbers. New comedians and public figures were often featured, such as Manel Fuentes, Mariano Mariano, Paz Padilla, and Rosario Pardo. Political and social topics were discussed by guests such as Cristina Almeida, Anna Balletbó i Puig, Celia Villalobos, Begoña Ameztoy, Padre Apeles, Loles León, Javier Nart, Enrique del Pozo, Ramoncín, Ivonne Reyes, Juan Adriansens, and Empar Moliner. Francisco Pérez Abellán moved to the program from Esta noche cruzamos el Mississippi to host a crime segment, and Carmen Vijande hosted one on sexology.
For his part, Javier Cárdenas toured Spain to find different characters to interview. Some of these interviews were criticized for mocking their subjects, and Cárdenas and Sardà were ordered to pay €15,000 in compensation after a 2002 segment in which a court found they had committed "illegitimate meddling in the honor" of a young man with a disability. Some interviewees became popular, such as Paco Porras, Leonardo Dantés, Tamara, El Pozí, La Bruja Loja, Carmen de Mairena, and El Mocito Feliz, and they appeared together with Cárdenas in the feature film FBI: Frikis Buscan Incordiar. The controversial singer Tamara (later known as Yurena) had a number one single with "No cambié", and the program also sponsored the release of several music compilations.
In 2000, Crónicas marcianas began to exploit the phenomenon of reality shows such as Gran Hermano and Hotel Glam, to such an extent that many of their former contestants became participants, replacing the previous ones. Examples include Aída Nízar, Sonia Arenas, Jorge Berrocal, Dinio García, María José Galera, Kiko Hernández, Carlos "El Yoyas" Navarro, Silvia Fominaya, Marta López, Pocholo Martínez-Bordiú, Noemí Ungría, and Raquel Morillas. The discussion tables were occupied by Nuria Bermúdez, Borja Hernán, Erika Alonso, Mari Cielo Pajares (daughter of actor Andrés Pajares), Italian nobleman Alessandro Lecquio, Coto Matamoros, Sonia Monroy, Mayte Alonso, Mila Ximénez, and other personalities. Themes such as celebrity relationships, accusations of drug abuse and trafficking, and the practice of prostitution became more prevalent. In this last period, Carlos Latre, Xavier Deltell, and Rocío Madrid joined Sardà as co-presenters.
The program's ratings declined in the 2004–2005 season, as it lost viewers to shows such as Buenafuente. Its cancellation was announced at the end of the season, while it was still the late-night ratings leader.
List of contributorsEdit
- Juan Adriansens (1998–2001)
- Erika Alonso (1999–2005)
- Mayte Alonso (2002–2003)
- Begoña Ameztoy (2000–2005)
- Padre Apeles (1997–1998 and 2004–2005)
- Nuria Bermúdez (2003–2005)
- Jorge Berrocal (2000–2003)
- Fayna Bethencourt (2001–2003)
- Daniela Blume (2003–2005)
- Pepe Calabuig (2000–2002)
- Javier Cárdenas (2002–2005)
- Toni Clapés (1998–2000)
- Xavier Deltell (1997–2005)
- Bibiana Fernández (1998)
- Carlos Ferrando (1997–1998)
- Antonio David Flores (2003–2005)
- Silvia Fominaya (2003–2005)
- Manel Fuentes (1997–2001)
- Martí Galindo (1997–2002)
- Íñigo González (2000–2001)
- Borja Hernán (2000–2002)
- Kiko Hernández (2003–2005)
- Carmen Hornillos (2000–2005)
- Boris Izaguirre (1999–2005)
- Natacha Jaitt (2004–2005)
- Carlos Latre (2002–2005)
- Alessandro Lecquio (2001–2005)
- Jesús Locampos (2000–2005)
- Marta López (2001–2005)
- Rocío Madrid (2003–2005)
- Karmele Marchante (1997–1998)
- Mariano Mariano (1997–2002)
- Chiqui Martí (1999–2001)
- Coto Matamoros (2000–2004)
- Sonia Monroy (1998–2005)
- Raquel Morillas (2003–2004)
- Carlos "El Yoyas" Navarro (2001–2004)
- Aída Nízar (2003–2004)
- Juan Carlos Ortega (2003–2005)
- Cristina "La Veneno" Ortiz Rodríguez (2001–2003)
- Paz Padilla (1997–1999)
- Rosario Pardo (2000–2002)
- Enrique del Pozo (2000–2002)
- Carlos Pumares (2002–2004)
- Pilar Rahola (1998–2004)
- Fernando Ramos (2000–2002)
- Nacho Rodríguez (2000–2002)
- Judit Sánchez (1999–2000)
- Mila Ximénez (2004)
Ratings by seasonEdit
Crónicas marcianas was adapted in Italy as Cronache marziane, running on Italia 1 from 2004 to 2005. A Portuguese version, Noites marcianas, presented by Carlos Cruz, was also broadcast on SIC in 2001.
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- "Javier Sardá deja 'Crónicas Marcianas' para tomarse un descanso" [Javier Sardá Leaves 'Crónicas Marcianas' to Take a Break]. Terra (in Spanish). 24 April 2005. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2020.