La Doña (2016 TV series)

La Doña is an American drama television series filmed entirely in Mexico, and created by José Vicente Spataro for Telemundo. The series is based on the novel of Venezuelan writer Rómulo Gallegos titled Doña Bárbara, which most recent version was, Doña Bárbara, starred Edith González. It is a production of Argos Comunicación and Telemundo Studios (known now as Telemundo Global Studios), and distributed by Telemundo Internacional.[2] The series premiered on 29 November 2016, and revolves around of Altagracia Sandoval (Aracely Arámbula) a beautiful, elegant, successful woman, recognized in society and owner of an emporium in the construction world. Just as a young girl, she suffered two very strong traumas that marked her and made her the unforgiving "Doña" she is now.

La Doña
La Doña title card.jpg
Season 1 title card
Created byJosé Vicente Spataro
Based onDoña Bárbara
by Rómulo Gallegos
Written by
  • Basilio Álvarez
  • Gerardo Cadena
  • Illay Eskinazi
  • José Vicente Spataro
  • Yutzil Martínez
Screenplay byPerla Farías
Story byRómulo Gallegos
Directed by
  • Carlos Villegas Rosales
  • Carlos Santos
Creative director(s)Maru González
StarringSee list
Theme music composer
Opening theme"La Doña" by Aracely Arámbula[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes171 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Héctor Sotelo Blancas
  • Juan Pablo Ambris
  • Marc Bellver
  • Mariano Diluch
  • Consuelo Saldaña
  • Carlos Leal
  • Nectario Márquez
  • Horacio Valle
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)
DistributorTelemundo Internacional
Original networkTelemundo
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original release29 November 2016 (2016-11-29) –
present (present)
Related showsEl Señor de los Cielos
External links

On 9 May 2019, Telemundo confirmed through its upfront for the 2019-2020 television season that the series has been renewed for a second season.[3][4]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112029 November 2016 (2016-11-29)1 May 2017 (2017-05-01)
2TBA13 January 2020 (2020-01-13)[5]TBA

Season 1 (2016–17)Edit

The plot revolves around Altagracia Sandoval (Aracely Arámbula), a woman who since teenager had to take care of her little sister and get ahead without her parents' help; who were brutally murdered along with her boyfriend of youth by a group of 5 men called the Monkys, who also raped her. As a young woman, after the death of her parents, Altagracia was under the care of her aunt Yesenia Sandoval (Rebecca Jones), who taught her to manipulate men and witchcraft; Thanks to her aunt, Altagracia meets Lázaro Hernández (Odiseo Bichir), the owner of a construction company, which she seduces and manipulates with the help of her aunt. Subsequently Altagracia realizes that she is pregnant, and with the help of her aunt, manage to deceive Lázaro by making them believe that Altagracia's baby is his. And with several advice from Yesenia, Altagracia makes Lázaro become an alcoholic and thus manages to take away his company and all his money, and then abandon him and her daughter.

Several years later, Altagracia is now a recognized and powerful businesswoman who owns the construction company Sandoval, formerly called Hernández. And now she has a family made up of her sister Regina Sandoval (Andrea Martí), and her niece Isabela Sandoval (Michelle Olvera). Thanks to all her power Altagracia is now a very bad and vindictive woman, and she doesn't mind hurting anyone in order to get what she wants, and for that she has Braulio Padilla (José María Galeano), her lawyer and Matamoros (Aquiles Cervantes), her faithful bodyguard, who help her in all her illicit businesses. The only reason for Altagracia to be so bad and to have so much power is to take revenge on the 5 men who abused her and ruined her life. But her way to revenge and ambition, she meets Saúl Aguirre (David Chocarro), a lawyer, which she falls in love. And thanks to him changes her way of thinking towards men.

On the other hand, there is Mónica Hernández (Danna Paola), the daughter of Altagracia and Lázaro. Mónica is a young and sweet woman totally different from Altagracia, she seeks to make a living selling ham cakes. But the only problem between Mónica and Altagracia is that the two fall in love with the same man; Without knowing that they are mother and daughter. After Altagracia finding out that Monica is Saul's lover, she tries to hurt her, even without knowing that she is her own daughter. After learning that Mónica is her daughter, Altagracia decides to leave her alone and help her financially. Despite changing her attitude with everyone who knows her, her desire for revenge towards the Monkys remains intact. Since after killing Miguel Preciado, Alejandro Céspedes and Francisco Vega, she has two Monkys left to kill; But the only problem with the last two is that one is Daniel Llamas (Diego Soldano), who is now a good man who helps women victims of rape and domestic abuse. And Rafael Cabral (Juan Ríos), her right hand in all her illicit businesses and who she knows from a lifetime. But on her way to revenge, Altagracia has only one big problem, Saul's love, which makes the love for her daughter fade away, creating conflict between them for the love of a man.

Season 2 (2020)Edit

At the end of the previous season, Altagracia Sandoval decided to retire to start a new life after her daughter Mónica Hernández married Saúl Aguirre. Two years later, Mónica and Saúl Aguirre continue together, he as a lawyer at the head of the Renacer Foundation and she as a law student, and together with his aunt Regina fight to eradicate gender violence. This is not to the liking of those responsible for the crimes, including Los Arcoiris, a gang known for killing women after torturing them with paint bullets. Saúl thus becomes a victim by mysteriously disappearing. Concerned about the safety of her daughter, La Doña makes the decision to return to Mexico to look for her without caring that she has to face justice and meet up with José Luis Navarrete (David Zepeda), a businessman with whom she has many pending issues.

Everything becomes even more dangerous when Mónica also disappears and agent León Contreras (Carlos Ponce) links this fact with the band Los Arcoiris. Altagracia, however, resists believing this and suspects his enemies. Altagracia is not the only one who will fight for justice. She will also be accompanied by Noelia Molina (Paola Fernández), a young woman of humble origin who is also looking for her own culprits to blame her sister's death. Both, together with León, will form a team with a common goal: to avenge the death and aggression of their loved ones.

Cast and charactersEdit

Esteban Soberanes
María del Carmen Félix
Mauricio Isaac
Claudette Maillé
Main and recurring cast in the first season.


  • Aracely Arámbula as Altagracia Sandoval, is the main protagonist of the series, she is the owner of the construction company Sandoval, a company that robbed Lázaro, her ex-husband, and Mónica's mother.
    • Paulina Matos as Young Altagracia
  • David Chocarro as Saúl José Aguirre, is a lawyer who defends the rights of women who have been raped and abused.[6] (season 1)[7]
  • Danna Paola as Mónica Eulalia Hernández, is Lazaro's non-biological daughter, and Altagracia's daughter.[8] (season 1; guest season 2)[7]
  • Rebecca Jones as Yesenia Sandoval, she is Altagracia's aunt, she taught Altagracia all about witchcraft.[9] (season 1)
  • Odiseo Bichir as Lázaro Hernández, is Monica's non-biological father. (season 1)
  • Gabriela Roel as Azucena de Aguirre, Saúl's mother. (season 1)
  • Andrea Martí as Regina Sandoval, Altagracia's sister, and Isabela's mother.
    • Estefania Coppola as Young Regina
  • Juan Ríos Cantú as Rafael Cabral, Leticia's husband and Emiliano's father, Don Alfonso's deceased son, He is former member of the Monkeys' group. (season 1)
  • Diego Soldano as Daniel Llamas, creator and director of a foundation of raped women, and former member of the Monkys' group.
  • Daniela Bascopé as Valeria Puertas, she is a corrupt judge manipulated by Altagracia. Also is Braulio's wife and Diego's mother. (season 1)[10]
  • Mauricio Isaac as Justino López, Valeria employee and friend of Sául. (season 1)
  • Fátima Molina as Lidya Corona, Mónica's best friend. (season 1)
  • José María Galeano as Braulio Padilla, Altagracia's former right hand and bodyguard. In Season 2 becomes Monica's murder.
  • Vanesa Restrepo as Ximena Urdaneta, Saúl's girlfriend. (season 1)
  • Juan Carlos Remolina as Miguel Preciado, Mauricio's deceased brother former member of the Monkys' group, and Altagracia's rapist. He is the first victim of Altagracia. (season 1)
  • María del Carmen Félix as Leticia de Cabral, Rafael's wife, and Emiliano's mother. (season 1)
  • Manuel Blejerman as Coronel Alejandro Céspedes, Fernanda and Sebastian's deceased father, former member of the Monkys' group, and Altagracia's rapist. (season 1)
  • Mayra Sierra as Karen Velarde, Veracruz officer in charge of helping Saúl catch rapists.
  • Esteban Soberanes as Francisco Vega, Romelia's deceased brother, he is former member of the Monkeys' group. (season 1)
  • Simone Victoria as Magdalena Sánchez, tenant and friend of the Aguirre family.
  • Gavo Figueira as Jorge Moya, neighbour and friend of the Aguirre family. (season 1)
  • Roberto Quijano as Gabino Domínguez, a policeman obsessed with Mónica. (season 1)
  • Claudio Roca as Adolfo Mendoza, the doctor who attends Monica's dad, and who has a romantic interest in her.
  • Aquiles Cervantes as Matamoros, Altagracia's bodyguard.
  • René García as Guillermo Contreras, Yesenia's boyfriend, and Altagracia's employer. (season 1)
  • Mario Morán as Emiliano Cabral, Rafael and Leticia's son and Don Alfonso's grandson. (season 1)
  • Michelle Olvera as Isabela Sandoval, Altagracia's niece, and Regina's daughter. (season 1)
  • Leo Deluglio as Diego Padilla, Braulio's son.
  • Giselle Kuri as Margarita Vásquez, she is a defender of Saul, who was raped and kidnapped by Miguel Preciado. (season 1)
  • Gonzalo Guzmán as Marcos Beltrán, Isabela's boyfriend. (season 1)
  • Rafael Sánchez Navarro as Jaime Aguirre, Saúl's father. (season 1)
  • Carlos Ponce as León Contreras (season 2)[11]
  • David Zepeda as José Luis Navarrete (season 2)[11]
  • Maricela González as Eunice Lara "La Felina" (season 2)[12]
  • Kika Edgar as Romelia Vega, Francisco's sister (season 2)[12]
  • Patricia Reyes Spíndola (season 2)[13]
  • Alejandra Barros as Eleonora Rojas de Navarrete (season 2)[12]
  • Paola Fernández as Noelia Molina (season 2)[12][14]
  • José Sefami as Alfonso Cabral, Rafael's father and Emiliano's grandfather (season 2)
  • Fernanda Borches as Fátima Escamilla de Contreras (season 2)
  • Alexa Martín as Fernanda Céspedes, Alejandro's daughter (season 2)
  • Alberto Casanova as Mauricio Preciado, Miguel's brother. (season 2)
  • Paola Albo as Isabela Sandoval (season 2)
  • Bernardo Flores as Lucho Navarrete Rojas (season 2)
  • Agustín Argüello as Eduardo Pérez(season 2)[12]
  • Diego Escalona as Ángel Contreras Escamilla (season 2)[12]
  • Cuauhtli Jiménez as Nando (season 2)
  • Rafael Ernesto as Sebastián Céspedes, Alejandro's son (season 2)[12]
  • Juan Pablo De Santiago(season 2)[12]
  • Christian Ramos as Cisco (season 2)[12]
  • Leandro Lima as Thiago (season 2)[12]
  • Eric del Castillo as Ricardo Vidal (season 2)[13]


  • Carlos Torres as Felipe Valenzuela, Altagracia's ex husband. (season 1)
  • Bárbara Méndez as Elena, Justino's wife. (season 1)
  • Claudette Maillé as La Delegada, Mónica's cellmate. (season 1)
  • Mauro Sánchez Navarro as Manuel, Emiliano's friend. (season 1)
  • Francisco Rubio as Andrés Roldán (season 2)

Special guest starsEdit

  • Lion Bagnis as César, Altagracia's boyfriend when she was a teenager. (season 1)
  • Geraldine Zinat as Altagracia's mother, she was killed by the Monkys Group. (season 1)
  • Fabián Peña as Altagracia's father, he was killed by the Monkys Group. (season 1)
  • Matías Novoa as Amado Casillas "El Águila Azul" (season 2)


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Mon–Fri 9pm/8c 120 29 November 2016 (2016-11-29) 1.85[15] 1 May 2017 (2017-05-01) 1.71[16] TBD
2 48 13 January 2020 (2020-01-13) 1.03[17] TBA TBD 0.98


The telenovela was presented in Telemundo's upfront for the 2015-2016 television season.[18] On June 6, 2016 Telemundo announced the start of the production of the telenovela and concluded their production in December 2016.[19][20] It was filmed mostly in Mexico and several locations.[21]


The series is only inspired by some moments of the life of Bárbara Guaymarán, the rest of the story was updated to the present time for the season of 2016.[22] This adaptation, instead of being developed in a hacienda and in the countryside, takes place in Mexico City and the protagonist is in charge of running a construction company.[23] Written by José Vicente Spataro and directed by Carlos Villegas, the series deals with issues such as corruption of the judicial system and the media, gangs and kidnappings, among other crimes.[24]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2017 Your World Awards[25][26] Favorite Series La Doña Won[25][26]
Favorite Lead Actor David Chocarro Nominated[25][26]
Favorite Lead Actress Aracely Arámbula Won[25][26]
The Best Bad Boy José María Galeano Won[25][26]
Favorite Actor Odiseo Bichir Nominated[25][26]
Favorite Actress Danna Paola Nominated[25][26]
The Perfect Couple David Chocarro and Aracely Arámbula Won[25][26]
The Best Actor with Bad Luck David Chocarro Nominated[25][26]


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  3. ^ "NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Leads Hispanic Media Upfront With Over 900 Hours Of Groundbreaking Contemporary Content For Today's Latinos". PR Newswire. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
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  6. ^ "¡David Chocarro es el nuevo galán de Aracely Arámbula!". (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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  9. ^ "Rebecca Jones regresa a las telenovelas con 'La Doña'". (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Daniela Bascopé actuará en "La Doña"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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  13. ^ a b González, Moisés. "Margarita Magaña regresa a las telenovelas; Sebastián Rulli se despide de El dragón y más noticias ¡De telenovela!". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  14. ^ González, Moisés (5 September 2019). "Paola Fernández, el nuevo rostro juvenil de La doña: "Había luchado mucho por una oportunidad así y me llegó el momento"". (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  15. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Tuesday Final Nationals: 'The Flash' on The CW Zooms to 2-Year High as Part of 'Heroes vs. Aliens' Week-Long Crossover". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  16. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Monday Final Nationals: ABC, NBC and TNT Spilt Prime Time Victory for Third Straight Monday". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  17. ^ Pucci, Douglas. "Monday Final Ratings: Slight Year-Over-Year Growth for College Football Playoff National Championship Across ESPN Platforms". Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise. "NBCUniversal Hispanic Group Unveils CultureFirst, NBC Deportes, Telemundo & NBC Universo 2015-16 Lineup, More — Upfronts". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Inician grabaciones de "La Doña"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  20. ^ Rubio, Flor. "Concluí grabaciones de "La Doña", ahora me dedicaré a mis hijos: Arámbula". (in Spanish). Grupo Fórmula. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Aracely Arámbula será la nueva Doña Bárbara". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  22. ^ González, Moisés. "Aracely Arámbula se prepara para protagonizar la telenovela La doña". (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  23. ^ "De "Doña Bárbara" a "La doña"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  24. ^ González, Moisés. "Así será el final de La doña". (in Spanish). People en Español. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lista completa de nominados a Premios Tu Mundo 2017". (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lista de todos los ganadores de Premios Tu Mundo 2017". (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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